About that last one: judging from a part in the international trailer that shows some poor soul's space helmet caving in and melting, "Prometheus" might be closer to an R-rating than you initially thought. Scott has been pushing for a PG-13 rating, saying recently that "Prometheus" needed a certification which would "allow it to make as much money as possible."
Americans love their aliens. "Prometheus" opened to $21.4 million on Friday, June 8, according to The Wrap.
The prequel of sorts to the much-loved "Alien" franchise topped the latest "Madagascar" flick, which debuted just $1 million short, at $20.4 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Prometheus" is set to rake in between $52 to $54 million during its opening weekend.
Judging by the viral popularity of its trailers, the heated chat–board dissection of every utterance by its cast and crew, and the breathlessness it induces on Twitter, Prometheus is easily the most anticipated film of 2012 to date. Not only is it the first science–fiction film directed by Ridley Scott since Blade Runner (1982), but it revisits the terrifying territories he first explored in 1979's Alien, widely revered as one of the most original horror thrillers of recent decades.
Whatever you’re thinking about dropping into any conversation about Prometheus, don’t even think about calling it a prequel to Alien, especially if director Ridley Scott is in earshot. He’s been at pains to define his new film as its own entity — going so far as opening up the potential for there being at least two more movies before we even reach the date in which the first installment of the Alien series is set.
Scott has emphasized many a time that Prometheus confronts some pretty troubling philosophical ideas and concepts, concerning not only the nature of humanity’s evolution, but also its eventual destination, as a species. Between those thematic elements and the gorgeously shadowy and practical production design (which should actually look better on the big screen in 3D) there’s really good reason for fans of cerebral sci-fi to get excited about seeing this flick.
Filmed in 3D over six months in five countries, the science-fiction spectacle is set in the year 2093 – 30 years before the events of Alien – and centres on the crew of the hubristically named spaceship Prometheus, which heads off to a distant planet after archaeological discoveries on earth suggest that the secret of human creation might be there.
Among those on the cosmic cruise are archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace; David (Michael Fassbender), an android and galactic butler of ambiguous talents and agenda, and Charlize Theron as the chilly and mysterious Meredith Vickers, the corporate “suit” who represents Weyland Industries, the shady corporation that has funded the mission.
Want to have a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man go to war with a couple of crazed Transformers? Have at it.
Director Ridley Scott takes full advantage of this license in his new blockbuster Prometheus — and never more so than in the opening scene. Scientists have a lot of theories about exactly when in Earth’s history life first emerged and precisely where and how it occurred. But you can be pretty sure no one’s suggested that it happened when a naked alien landed on the planet, drank a fantastical potion and then threw up into the nearby waterways, seeding a virginal Earth with his DNA.
Although it's sometimes described as a prequel to "Alien," Scott's clarified that "Prometheus" isn't really a prequel as much as it shares "Alien's" DNA, which in itself is enough to raise audience expectations several notches.
Scripted by Dan O'Bannon, "Alien's" story focused on the crew of the spacecraft Nostromo, which was returning to Earth when it took a detour to respond to a distress signal. It's a decision that leads to devastating effects, as Scott made sure we understood, "in space, no one can hear you scream."
Anyone who has watched a Prometheus trailer or TV spot can hear Rapace — the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, now playing heroine scientist Elizabeth Shaw — scream, “Get it out of me!” In a movie constructed of Alien DNA, that sentence can only mean trouble.