PROMETHEUS Ridley Scott/Damon Lindelof live chat recap

Following up on our earlier PROMETHEUS news, here’s FilmEdge’s recap of the live chat session with director Ridley Scott and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof which took place this afternoon after the pair debuted the new full-length trailer.

Director Ridley Scott (left) and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof discuss PROMETHEUS in a Q&A with fans in Anaheim, California

Director Ridley Scott (left) and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof discuss PROMETHEUS in a Q&A with fans after premiering the new full-length trailer in Anaheim, California

While the live chat session from the AMC screening was much shorter than the 45 minutes scheduled, a fair amount of information resulted from the filmmakers’ Q&A session. Some quick facts revealed about the film:

Scott and Lindelof confirmed that events in PROMETHEUS occur around the year 2085, nearly 50 years after the era in which the recent viral video by Weyland Industries CEO Peter Weyland (played by actor Guy Pearce). Scott also confirmed, with some hesitation, that Weyland would appear in the film in some capacity as an older man — but the director was deliberately cagey about how he answered this in order to preserve some plot secrets.

Scott described Charlize Theron‘s character as “a company man” representing the interests of Weyland Industries who is supporting the Prometheus’ ships expedition. In contrast, Noomi Rapace‘s character is an “anthropologist/neo-scientist who has theories about evolution and how we [humans] came about as a race.” This seems to sow the seeds for the crossed-purpose conflicts witnessed in his plot for ALIEN, and perhaps implies that Weyland Industries’ motives and goals established in PROMETHEUS remain somewhat consistent if evolved by the era of ALIEN’s high-conflict drama.

The director also responded with some satisfaction that his use of 3D is not any type of gimmick to promote PROMETHEUS, but rather a natural extension of how we see everyday even if, as Scott maintains, our brains tend to flatten our 3D perspective into 2D to dimish the effect. At any rate, the highly visual Scott clarified that he shot the film in 3D, that it is no post-production conversion to the format, and that “it works like a son-of-a-bitch” with an added smile.

Perhaps most revealing, or at least most promising, was the answer prompted by an audience question about how the myth of Prometheus and talks of scientific understanding of evolution might relate to questions of God in the story. Lindelof congratulated the questioner on his insightful connections, and Scott related his answer to discussions with scientists and mathematicians who ask the cutting-edge, really big questions today and often ponder the role of God in attempting to formulate solutions to these mind-boggling explorations of theory and science. Lindelof concluded by saying that if they did their jobs right in this film, it should prompt an audience reaction asking “Is there any scientific discovery that could be made in my lifetime that would stop me believing in God?  It’s a provocative question and we certainly don’t have the answer, but the movie is asking that question.”

As FilmEdge and others have suspected and predicted during the film’s production, Ridley Scott is indeed formulating his new story for PROMETHEUS around a kernel of profound, epic-scaled questions about the human race, our origins and perhaps what events or beings prompted our own evolution as a species. It’s plain to see that Scott, Lindelof and Fox have put a great deal of careful thought into the publicity campaign for PROMETHEUS — just as much as the filmmakers put into creating this ALIEN-universe prequel. This is going to be a fascinating journey to the film’s theatrical release this summer.

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