WARNING: If you have not seen Prometheus, do not read this post because it contains SPOILERS!
I‘m sure most fans of the Alien franchise kind of feel the same way I do about Prometheus: it’s a good movie that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Some of you may react with extreme hatred to that feeling of confusion. I rather enjoy debating those questions with friends and with the online community, so though I am still scratching my head about some scenes I won’t hold it against the film. My feeling is that we’ve gotten a little too used to everything being wrapped up in a neat little action movie package, where the only questions involve who is getting the crap beat out of them. While I love those types of films, I also enjoy something that will stretch my imagination. I suppose it’s easy to forget that before Ridley Scott was winning Oscar’s he was the master of the big questions. Blade Runner’s ambiguity (is Deckard a replicant?) is legendary, and it has clearly influenced other science fiction movies (hello Inception… is it all a dream?). So for Prometheus to leave us asking a few big questions about the origins of humanity – it seems like Scott is just taking things a step further.
So where does the ending of Prometheus leave us? Room for more story, that’s where. And Scott has definitely made it clear that he wants to do a sequel. Apparently it was never the plan for Dr. Elizabeth Shaw to find her “God” at the end of Prometheus. According to Scott (in an interview with Movies.com) he would “love to explore where the hell [Dr. Shaw] goes next and what does she do when she gets there, because if it is paradise, paradise can not be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous.” I’m sure that if you’ve seen the movie that you know the “Engineers” that she’s on her way to see are not exactly welcoming and chatty people. Scott even goes so far as to call them “aggressive fuckers”, a perfect name for them “considering their brilliance in making dreadful devices and weapons that would make our chemical warfare look ridiculous.” I’m certainly excited to see what Shaw will find when she rolls up to their planet in one of their ships filled with deadly organic matter that was meant for Earth.
Another aspect of Shaw’s journey in the sequel (also a prequel to Alien) is her relationship with David, the android who is accompanying her to this new world. David was my favorite character in the movie, so it will be a good thing to see his robot self branch out from beneath Peter Weyland’s thumb. Even if at this point in the story his head is not connected to the rest of his body. It’s fortunate that Damon Lindelof (who wrote the script for Prometheus… as well as the much disputed and also confusing Lost) addresses this question of the relationship between Elizabeth and David in his interview with Time Entertainment:
[David’s] fundamental programming has been scrapped. Weyland [the man who built and programmed him] is dead and so now his programming is coming from God knows where. Is he being programmed by Elizabeth, or is it his own internal curiosity now that Weyland isn’t telling him what to do any more? He’s always been interested in Elizabeth, remember that: He’s watching her dreams when she’s sleeping in much the same way that he watches ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. He’s a strange robot that has a curious crush on a human being, and when Weyland is eliminated, I think he is genuinely interested in what she’s interested in. He reaches out partly for survival, but partly out of curiosity, and I think he’s sincere that he’ll take her wherever she wants to go.”
So it kind of sounds like there may be something romantic going on between David and Elizabeth Shaw. I didn’t really get that from the movie, especially since it kind of looks like David poisoned Shaw’s boyfriend for kicks and giggles. Or maybe he put alien bacteria in Halloway’s drink for Weyland. I suppose the only way we’re going to figure that out is if David is in a sharing mood in the next movie. Since it seems clear that both the director and the writer are down for a sequel, I guess the studio just has to set a date. With the box office success of Prometheus (even if Madagascar 3 beat it out for the weekend, it still made 51 million the first weekend), the way should be clear for executives looking to make a buck. We just have to hope that they can create a movie that will keep fan’s from getting mad while simultaneously answering all of our questions.
While the sequel/prequel is still up in the air, Ridley Scott has been talking about some of the deleted scenes of Prometheus that we’ll be able to see on the DVD/Blu-Ray release. Apparently there are 20 minutes of the film that was cut, but it may not be stuff that we need to see. Scott talked to Collider about how the theatrical release is the director’s cut (unlike with his film Blade Runner, which has two very different versions). Scott’s quote, “I’m so happy with this engine, the way it is right now… I think it works. It can go in a section where, if you really want to tap in, look at the menu. To see how things are long, and it’s too long.” I’m inclined to trust Mr. Scott when it comes to deleted material, but I’m never one to turn down a little extra information. As a person who watches the special features and all the deleted scenes, it’s good to know that they will be available.
One image is already available for fanboys and girls to drool over. Several images turned up on the facebook page of John O’Conner (from Creatures Inc. – which is behind some of the extraterrestrials from Prometheus) that showed some behind the scenes work, and one interesting view of the opening scene. Apparently that big white humanoid Engineer had a buddy with him just before he drank the Kool Aid (the stuff that destroyed his DNA to create human life as we know it). Here’s the photo if you want to check it out for yourself:
So now all there is to do is continue speculation on the movie while it’s in theaters, and wait for the Blu-Ray/DVD release to show us just a little bit more in the puzzle that is Prometheus. And then keep our fingers crossed for the sequel. Here’s hoping we fans can find the patience.
What do you guys think about the sequel to Prometheus? Do we need it or are you already writing off the whole series? Are you excited about the deleted scenes being available at home?