"Prometheus" will finally address the mystery behind the gigantic Space Jockey last seen in the 1979 film "Alien," and director Ridley Scott is once again bringing artist H.R. Giger along for the ride.
Serving as a loose prequel to "Alien," "Prometheus" is an ambitious sci-fi feature that tracks mankind's infancy with manned deep-space flights and involves such epic themes as gods and engineers of space.
"I always thought it was amazing that no one ever asked who he [Space Jockey] was, and why was he there?" Scott said in an interview with Filmophilia. "What was all that about? I sat thinking about this for a while and thought, well, there's a story! And the other four [films] missed it! So, here it is."
And Giger, who helped crafted the distinct look behind "Alien" and its famous creature, returns for "Prometheus" to build upon Scott's dark vision of the future.
"I brought him in, I showed him what we were doing, showed him the story, and he liked it a lot," Scott said. "So he's doing a little bit of work for me. He's been doing some murals, big murals, which we'll see in almost one of the first chambers we encounter when we land where we're gonna go."
Damon Lindelof ("Lost") penned the film's script based on an idea from Scott and an initial draft by Jon Spaihts.
In addition to directing the film, Scott is producing it along with Walter Hill, Tony Scott and David Giler.
"Prometheus," which hits theaters June 8, 2012, stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green.
View the film's teaser for the upcoming trailer here.
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