Prometheus: Final Preview - Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, June 11, 2012

"The search for our beginning could lead to our end." This Undead Monday, if you have not already done so, witness the beginning of the end with legendary director Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

Our coverage for Prometheus, the potential triumphant return of Ridley Scott to the sci-fi horror genre that he has helped created, has been well-documented since our very first peek at the film in December last year. We have endured the wait for a big-budget Rated-R sci-fi horror film made for adults for perhaps too long and with Ridley Scott back at helm in this film that is said to have the same DNA with his seminal sci-fi horror epic in 1979, Alien, this is quite clearly the one for all the self-respecting geeks of horror and sci-fi. Which makes all of you following The Daily Zombies, given the fact that we do here are distinctly inspired by these cutting edge elements of pop culture.

And just when we thought our interest in the film couldn't have peak further, we were stunned by the trailers (Yeah, pretty much all of them) and the awe-struck by the incredible viral campaign featuring Guy Pearce's chilling talk as Peter Weyland, Michael Fassbender's turn as the creepily awesome David 8, and finally Noomi Rapace's Dr. Elizabeth Shaw's clip to Weyland.

With the film finally released on June 8th, it is encouraging to learn that Prometheus opened to a $50 million opening, placing second behind Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which took a reported $60.3 million from 4,258 dates. For the uninformed, this is relatively impressive given the fact that:
a) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is a family-friendly film for all while Prometheus is Rated-R, and
b) Prometheus was initially ahead with $21.4 million as opposed to Madagascar 3's $20.4 million on Friday's début night
c) At this very same time last year, Super 8, JJ Abrams’ family-friendly sci-fi film opened to a $35.4 million debut despite its PG-13 rating and no competing films.

And if you think Fox's promotional engine is now resting on their laurels given the fact that the film performed better than its original tracking of $40 million, think again. The viral campaign continues with a footage of Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) seemingly preparing himself ahead of the earlier mentioned TED talk with one hell of a quote, "“I am a law only for my kind, I am no law for all."

Following the credits, there is a link to a website: "What Is 10.11.12?" Once you are at the website, you will a floating white book with the sentence, "What is great in man is that he is a bridge not an end," a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche‘s "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." An excerpt from Wikipedia can then be found on the page:

"Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the Übermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science."

Which begs the question: What the hell will be happening on October 11, 2012? Is the Engineer approaching Earth on that day? Well, in a way I supposed since it is more likely than not the official release date of the Blu-ray and DVD of the film.

Moving on to other promotional items for the film, the ship "Prometheus" is the focus in this latest featurette for the film.

Entitled "The Vision of Prometheus", this featurette have the cast and director talking about the theme of the film.

And finally, we take a look at the special IMAX poster for the film that was handed out at midnight showings across the country. Yes, there are some truly fortunate folks out there.

Here's the official synopsis of the film:

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

Currently scheduled to be released in 3D on June 8th, Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Idris Elba.


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