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.