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Ridley Scott Talks Deleted Scenes/New Virals

There’s a fairly interesting interview with Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof over on SlashGear. Firstly, the subject of a director’s cut was brought up again which backed up what the producer said the other day. Then they mention a dream sequence scene that was scripted but wasn’t filmed. The final piece they mention is a new viral video featuring a transmission which maybe out next week in time for the US release. I’ve included the relevant parts of the interview below:

[Question] You’re known for releasing a director’s cut. Are we going to see a Prometheus director’s cut when this comes to DVD?

[Ridley Scott] No, I think this is a good length. But that said, I think that now the fashion of actually putting out a couple of discs is here to stay, which will comfort you on all other kinds of conversation about how the movie was made. All you’ll really do is see extended scenes in the menu. Other that that I think this is a pretty good length, the dynamics are about right.

 

[Q] I was curious about the Weyland TED talk, which was brilliant, and the only sort of un-made-up part for Guy Pearce. Is that where that came from, the idea to sort of…

[RS] We were deeply into the movie.

[DL] Yeah, we… there were a couple of things.

[RS] The dream idea, in hypersleep.

[DL] Right, so, originally in the draft there’s a scene in the movie where we see David and he’s got his headset on and he’s talking to someone, and we don’t know who it is, and he gets confronted by Vickers. There’s a scene in the script that we decided not to shoot, where we see the inside of that dream, and basically David takes a jetski out with a beautiful woman in a bikini, to a yacht, and on the yacht is Weyland. Played by Guy, without old-age make-up: this is his dream. And they have a scene together, and in that scene David says “the engineers are dead, they’re all gone, mission failure” and Weyland says “go back and try harder.” And we rewrote it so that we were going to play Weyland’s identify closed, give the audience a sense that [David] was talking to someone on the ship but not view them.

But we had already shot the scenes with Guy in the old-age make-up. So we were, like, people are going to wonder why we cast Guy Pearce to play an old man, unless we represent him as Guy Pearce. And that basically tapped into a piece of viral we had already been talking about, which is… I said it would be really cool to introduce the title of the movie – because people were asking “Prometheus, what is that?”, “how does the myth have context in the context of this movie?” So I was, like, we should write this TED talk, and then Ridley basically handed it off to Luke, his son, who is an incredible director, and we got together with TED – this guy Tom Rielly over at TED – we called him up and said “can we use your branding?” because if we can’t call it a TED talk we’ll have to call it a “FRED talk” or something, and everyone will know, it’ll cheapen it.

And they said not only can you use our branding, but we’d like to unveil it at TED, and portal it through our website. And so suddenly we realized we were onto something. And of course these things… cool viral doesn’t happen unless the director completely and totally gets it, and Ridley’s entire background is in advertising, marketing, his brain works that way. So he made the calls to Fox, Fox immediately understood it, and got on board with that and a number of other… they were, like, “what else do you have?” which a studio almost never asks you.

[Q] Were there any other viral ones that you had made up, because we saw the one with Noomi as Shaw.

[RS] That was her screen-test. It was part of her screen-test, and then Johnny Hardstaff did the David one, and also played around and took the Noomi application for the job to an eye in the wall – not talking to Mr Weyland, she’d never meet Weyland, never be allowed to, wouldn’t even meet the secretary, it’s like a HAL eye, she’s applying to a job to the eye, which in turn is being watched by a minion, who gets a secretary, and finally get Rupert Murdoch, and finally to actually Weyland.

[DL] So yeah, it was those three pieces of viral: the David 8 ad, which Johnny Hardstaff did, and the Weyland TED talk, and then the quiet eye with Noomi. And then there was one other piece, which was going to be the transmission, that we ended up not doing. It’s in the movie.

[RS] We may use it in the US next week. They don’t open for a week.

[DL] So there’s basically… there’s a message in the movie that they’re transmitting to the engineers, with the girl playing the violin, and David and Holloway have the scene where they haven’t responded to the message. That message is another piece of viral which we may or may not release.

[RS] Did you get what the message was about? [It was a message to the engineers.] That would be a constant, from takeoff you’d be constantly replaying that, hoping that somebody’s gonna say “don’t come any further, I’m gonna to blow you out of the sky.” In there, there would be every conceivable form of mathematics equation, and anyone who is superior is going to look at that for three seconds and say “we’ve got chimpanzees on the way.” So, it’s an assessment of who’s coming, basically, it makes sense.

Thanks to Promethean Fire for the news.



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Comments: 24
  1. NGR01
    I think we're getting a tad vitriolic.  I work in the industry myself but I've not seen the knives out for the film from anyone a la John Carter or Battleship.  At least not in the States.  And I really don't see any kind of Internet revolution happening on twitter or anywhere else.

    Whatever division in opinion among hardcore fandom, it's going to make its bank, probably do quite well domestically and most likely get a sequel greenlit.

    I'm not talkign about an general move but the people i know.
    And i don't know EVERYBODY lol
    And it was my point the movie has not come out yet in the US i'm expecting more of this from my fiends when it will.
    On Lindeloff twitter you already have a few reactions but yeah most of the people wont go and piss on Damon porch.

    I have no doubt the movie can be a success but i have no care for such things.
    The fact that movie bombs or rule at the box office means shit to me.
    I just judge the movie itself.
  2. Mongo
    Speaking of not wanting Lindelof to return, you people might be in luck seeing as how he's looking to get back into TV again. He's said he's kind of spaced out with the movies he's been involved in.
  3. SpeedyMaxx
    I think we're getting a tad vitriolic.  I work in the industry myself but I've not seen the knives out for the film from anyone a la John Carter or Battleship.  At least not in the States.  And I really don't see any kind of Internet revolution happening on twitter or anywhere else.

    Whatever division in opinion among hardcore fandom, it's going to make its bank, probably do quite well domestically and most likely get a sequel greenlit.
  4. NGR01
    LOL

    never got any intel from fox.
    this from a Friend that has ties with Fox and Scott but i never asked himanything about PROMETHEUS since he was not on that project. He juste wrote a very long review on facebook about the movie and this is what i refer to.

    I ve told before where the intel i had came from but you never listened...
  5. Glaive
    Yeah everyone don't get it but you do i think we got your point...  ::)

    They really think they made an awesome movie, not just good but awesome that equals BLADE RUNNER or ALIEN...
    I'm so happy that my fiends from the biz (people who actually worked with Scott or for Fox on the franchise) think the movie is really poorly written and is just some glorified AVP...

    So, you're finally admitting where you got the intel..
  6. NGR01
    Yeah everyone don't get it but you do i think we got your point...  ::)

    They really think they made an awesome movie, not just good but awesome that equals BLADE RUNNER or ALIEN...
    I'm so happy that my fiends from the biz (people who actually worked with Scott or for Fox on the franchise) think the movie is really poorly written and is just some glorified AVP...

    The backlash already begun on Lindelof twitter can't wait when it will be relased in the US and my friends will be pouring bile...
  7. Darth Vile
    I really, really hope we get a decent extended cut.  Because, based on a lot of what I've read and heard, there are definitely issues with edits and cuts.

    I think a lot of people get confused when talking about an 'edit' and think the inclusion of more material can make something better. It usually doesn't. If anything, Prometheus is a bit flabby around the middle and could do with losing a few minutes to make the pace tighter. I'd always welcome a little more gore in an Alien movie, and I think you can definitely tell that Prometheus has been edited with a 15 certificate in mind. However, a tad more blood & guts/swearing won't fundamentally change a movie for the better.
  8. Gash
    I really hope for an extended cut. It needs it just as much as Blade Runner or Kingdom of Heaven did. Usually I'm not into films spiraling towards 3 hours but this film can hold interest through intrigue and could easily hold you for another 30 minutes. But I think somewhere along the way someone forget that a certain amount of exposition would have just made sense of some of the character assumptions. I'm sure there is missing character stuff and I'd be very surprised if there wasn't more than just a frown of dissatisfaction from David when Shaw appears post op, there must be some fallout from her attacking Ford etc.

    Also, if there are 17 crew members I reckon I can only account for 11 deaths, so either that's a fairly random number or some major battle with Fifileld was seriously cut down - given Janek's cut line "Kill everything" perhaps Fifield was spreading the infection wildly amongst his attackers making it neccesary to sterilise the landing bay. ?

    It could certainly do with a bit more gore (which is something else I never thought I'd say).

    I like the film, a lot, but there's no doubting that flaws could be ironed out if the appropriate extra footage exists.
  9. Parker
    IMO there's still going to  be an extended cut at some point.  Of course they're not going to say "oh yeah there's a shitload of stuff I want to add" when the movie hasn't been released in the US yet!  The last thing they want is the general public thinking that the movie is deserving of an extended cut which will make some pass on paying the 10+ bucks to see it in the theater. 

    I don't think it will take 25 years to release an extended cut, but remember for years Ridley had no desire to make any changes to Alien but finally came out with his directors cut of alien that added some new elements to the mythos.  I'd be willing to wager that at some point, maybe not the initial release, but eventually there will be a cut with additional scenes added.
  10. Promethean Fire
    Nice read,thanks for posting it

    I so want a sequel now!

    I want a sequel minus Lindelof.  And possibly Scott too, unfortunately. :(  Its sad to say, but I've become less and less impressed with his output over the years.

    I would however, love to see Chris Nolan take a crack at the next installment!
    Is that the extent of your imagination? All the directors in all the world and you'd pick Nolan...

    No, I just have a preference for his work.  If I had absolute creative control, then I'd hire Chris Cunningham.  But he would scare the absolute shit out of any studio.
  11. Darth Vile
    Nice read,thanks for posting it

    I so want a sequel now!

    I want a sequel minus Lindelof.  And possibly Scott too, unfortunately. :(  Its sad to say, but I've become less and less impressed with his output over the years.

    I would however, love to see Chris Nolan take a crack at the next installment!
    Is that the extent of your imagination? All the directors in all the world and you'd pick Nolan...
  12. Promethean Fire
    I would however, love to see Chris Nolan take a crack at the next installment!
    No! Just... No!

    Prometheus: part 2
    Starring Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Joseph Jordon Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Just no.

    Sorry to sound negative but f*ck Nolan. Keep his dirty hands off this one decent film. While prometheus is clearly cut down too short Nolan has the magical ability to make every film not only be too long but FEEL to long. I watched the 4 hour 40minute of das boot without getting bored, the dark knight made me fall asleep.

    I'm not talking about "The Dark Knight" Nolan, I'm talklng about the "Memento" Nolan, "The Prestige" Nolan.  Presumably, he still has the ability to deliver tight and effective pictures like those.  Okay, so The Prestige may be a little shaky, but Memento is wound tighter than a gnat's ass.
  13. Divpax
    I would however, love to see Chris Nolan take a crack at the next installment!
    No! Just... No!

    Prometheus: part 2
    Starring Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Joseph Jordon Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Just no.

    Sorry to sound negative but f*ck Nolan. Keep his dirty hands off this one decent film. While prometheus is clearly cut down too short Nolan has the magical ability to make every film not only be too long but FEEL to long. I watched the 4 hour 40minute of das boot without getting bored, the dark knight made me fall asleep.
  14. Promethean Fire
    Sounds like the Weyland sequence was the aborted Spain shoot. Wish they'd used it, because everyone knew it was bloody Weyland in there. And Ridley ... recut your film, please.

    If they intended to have Guy Pearce in a dream sequence, why didn't they just shoot a cheaper alternative?  Weyland sitting in a 2001 style Bedroom would have suited me.  No need for hot chicks on Jet skis, no matter how cool that sounds.

    I don't think we are getting an extended cut.  Nothing more than a deleted/alternate/extended scene selection.  Fan edit away to your heart's content!
  15. Valaquen
    Sounds like the Weyland sequence was the aborted Spain shoot. Wish they'd used it, because everyone knew it was bloody Weyland in there. And Ridley ... recut your film, please.
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