Even James Cameron Doesn’t Think Prometheus Adds Up Logically

James Cameron

Though the cinematic universe originated with Ridley Scott in 1979, director James Cameron left an indelible mark on the Alien franchise with his 1986 sequel Aliens. Depending on your point of view, some even argue that it is the rare follow-up that eclipses the original. While that’s a debate for another time and place, you can bet, because of his involvement, the visionary director has some definite feelings when it comes to the most recent foray into that world, Scott’s Prometheus. As it turns out, he has the same issues with the movie as many of your average viewers.

Over the weekend, Cameron participated in an ask me anything (AMA) session on Reddit—which is where we gleaned that story about the scripts for Avatar 2, 3, and 4. One intrepid fan ventured to ask about his thoughts on Prometheus, and what it contributes to the overall.

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Comic(s) Relief: Dark Horse’s Gorgeous Aliens/ Predator/ Prometheus Covers

AVP1Fans were chomping at the bit when it was revealed that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was indeed a prequel set in the world of the Alien films. And while Prometheus disappointed many due to script problems and lunk-headed characters, it was still gorgeous, full of ideas, and a voyage that left us craving more of one of cinema’s most compelling science fiction settings. While a Prometheus sequel is in the works, fans won’t have to wait until it hits theaters to explore more of that universe. Dark Horse is launching Fire and Stone, an interconnected set of comic miniseries this fall, exploring and further uniting the worlds of the Prometheus, Aliens, and Predator films. Whatever revelations await us, one thing is clear: the cover art is bloody gorgeous.

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Prometheus 2 Hires Green Lantern Writer, May Multiply Its Fassbenders

prometheusIf we’ve learned anything about Ridley Scott in recent years, it’s that he apparently has no problem working with scripts that aren’t fully fleshed out or perfected. Robin Hood was fine but not very memorable, while Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay for The Counselor was a misstep for the esteemed novelist. But the one that we’ve had the most fun mulling over here at GFR is Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts’ version of Prometheus, which features some of the dumbest characters in science fiction. The still-untitled sequel to that film, which we’ll just call Prometheus 2, has found itself another screenwriter in Michael Green, who penned 2011’s Green Lantern for Martin Campbell. And we all know how great that movie was, right?

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Alien, Prometheus, And Flash Gordon Shine In Gorgeous New Mondo Posters

Alien-sWe’ve bemoaned the state of modern movie posters a lot here on GFR (this very day, in fact). Go to your local theater and just look at the walls. Oh look, there’s a collection of giant heads! Hark, it’s somebody with his back to the camera! And brace yourself, because here comes a picture of the two leads standing back-to-back in wacky fashion! Thankfully, the folks of Mondo are on hand to give more creative makeovers not only to modern films, but to older classics. Their latest exhibit features lovely limited-run posters for the first two Alien films, Ridley Scott’s disappointing Prometheus, and even good old Flash Gordon. You can click the images for a larger version.

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Cross The Streams With Prometheus, The Twilight Zone, And Star-Crossed Lovers

February, being the shortest month of the year, is expected to have fewer streaming releases than other months. But even given that, the selection is rather dismal. Thankfully, enough has come out to give Cross the Streams something to do besides wish that aliens would show up in the second season finale of House of Cards. (Spoiler alert: they don’t.) But how good a week can it be when the most high-profile release features a character as dumb as Elizabeth Shaw? Let’s take our half-full glasses and head into space with Idris Elba behind the wheel-thing.

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As a pseudo prequel to one of the greatest sci-fi thrillers of all time, Prometheus features “Ridley Scott the visual artist” more than “Ridley Scott the master storyteller.” The script from Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof starts with promise, with a team of scientists discovering an ancient message that leads them across the universe to a planet that holds many secrets. Then they discover some of those secrets, and it’s clear that everyone was more interested in spectacle than making a coherent narrative. It’s not a complete wash by any means. The production design is quite literally out of this world, but Michael Fassbender is the only actor who looks like he knows what kind of movie he’s in. It works as a midnight movie more than a Hollywood blockbuster, especially if you have a space helmet bong handy.

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Alien Turns 35 This Year And There Are All Sorts Of Fun Things Planned

AlienThose of you who’ve been counting know that Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien turns 35-years-old in 2014. And if you’re wondering, yes, it is still just as amazing as it ever was. And so is the sequel. To mark the occasion, Twentieth Century Fox if pulling out all of the stops to celebrate, teaming up with a bunch of different companies to bring out a variety of cool stuff for you to drool over and add to your collection.

Some of the items that will be released include videogames, action figures, other toys, comics, and even a giant freakin’ bust of the Big Chap alien. How awesome is that? Just imagine your buddies all coming over and sitting smack in the middle of your coffee table is a damn xenomorph.

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