While Prometheus 2 is not due to hit the theaters until May of 2017, buzz on pre-production alone have been bursting out across the newsfeeds faster than even a Xenomorph chestbuster.
The title of Prometheus 2 has been officially announced by director Ridley Scott in a recent interview. The sequel will be named Alien: Paradise Lost. Check out the interview below, which also contains a bit of news on Blade Runner 2.
There are many things to take away from the first viewing of Alien, Ridley Scott’s now iconic creature feature. For some it was the raw, used and lived in feel of Scott’s universe, a far cry away from the shining, gleaming future we saw in most of the sci-fi flicks of the 1970s. For others it was the claustrophobic and intense atmosphere that the film created. Regardless the reason for loving (or hating the movie); no one can argue that it isn’t a visually stunning film. H.R. Giger’s designs were perfectly displayed on-screen and turned into horrific visions of a future, where we are simple prey, or worse yet hosts.
This attention to visual detail was certainly what caught my eye when I saw the movie so many years ago. That first visual from Alien that’s now burned into my brain, is not the famous Xenomorph, but the huge, imposing figure of the Space Jockey. A mysterious thing that at that time had no back story, leaving us to the wonderment of our own imaginations. Simply a sign that what is about to happen, has happened before. Prometheus (unnecessarily) attempted to answer some of the questions that had long surrounded the Space Jockey, and now the talented sculptors at Sideshow Collectibles have created a superb version of the Space Jockey which can now be yours.
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Space Jockey Maquette from Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien.
Long before Prometheus uncovered the origins of the Engineer and his species, the mysterious ‘Space Jockey’ captured the imaginations of movie-goers around the globe. First encountered by the doomed crew of the ship Nostromo, the haunting discovery of the enormous lonely star gazer remains one of the most memorable moments in the Alien franchise. Based on the iconic bio-organic industrial designs of Swiss artist H. R. Giger, Sideshow’s artists have faithfully captured every detail of the fossilized sentinel, a tragic traveler who fell victim to his own lethal cargo and was forever frozen, trapped in time and space.
Intriguing so far, but how does the piece fare under close inspection? Pretty darn good – that’s how! Below is a gallery of the piece so you can see for yourself.
The Marquette looks incredible, with an attention to detail that really brings the piece to live. If you had some tinted lighting and a smoke machine, you could be the crew of the Nostromo yourself! This craftsmanship does come with a price however, and the almost $600, it may be too rich for some collectors. Fear not though, as Sideshow Collectibles have their own $60 a month payment scheme you can sign up to if you really need this piece on your shelf at home.
This is not Sideshow Collectibles first venture into the Alien franchise. They’ve also created a piece for the Alien 35th anniversary ($399.99 and limited to 2000).
In addition to the piece above, they also have an upcoming Aliens Warrior bust which is due to be shipped in March / April of this year ($359.99 and limited to 1750).
Something else that really caught our eye is the upcoming April/May release of the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, a collaborative creation between Sideshow Collectibles and Insight Editions. This piece is part sculpture, part book and chronicles the rise of the Xenomorph with some incredible visual illustrations to top it all off, all for $325.
Quite the collection of Alien related paraphernalia for fans to be getting on with, but with all these pieces having a limited run and only so much cash to go round, collectors may have to decide what is more important, the Space Jockey or a Xenomorph?
If you like what Sideshow Collectibles has on offer then you may also like some of the fantastic work NECA has done with the Alien franchise too. Keep checking with Grizzly Bomb for all your collectible news as it arrives.
Images: Sideshow Collectibles, Insight Editions.
Assassin’s Creed is one of those magnificent games that manages to pack together a high concept, dense, and intricately woven story, with heavy mythology and symbolism, and still manages to be a commercial success. I suppose the difference between games and other mediums, is that with a game, you can skip the story if you like, and focus solely on the killing and whatnot. You’d be doing yourself a huge disservice, as the AC storyline is one of the better science fiction stories being told in gaming, or any media today.
The first game is initially about you being the descendant of an ancient league of assassins, reliving your genetic memories via a virtual reality machine that can access historical details otherwise obscured or lost to time. The repercussions of your discoveries, and the true intent of the scientists putting you through these experiments is what soon becomes captivating, along with the seemingly anachronistic parallels between the past and the present. Eventually the back story becomes the main story, and in the games sequels it’s expanded greatly, and really makes you wonder just what the hell is going on.
So with much optimism, I’m glad to say that Michael Fassbender, who some of you might recognize as David from Prometheus, or Magneto from X-Men: First Class, has been cast in the lead role for the film. It’s not confirmed if he’ll actually be playing Desmond Miles, the lead from the game, but one could presume so. Speaking briefly on the casting of Fassbender is Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, via Coming Soon:
“Michael Fassbender was our first choice. Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor.”
For me, even though the game is a lot of fun, I’d rather just watch the brilliant story play out, which is why a movie is such a great idea. Historical fiction is fairly popular right now, and even though The Da Vinci Code, National Treasure and films of that ilk are gaining years in age, all it would take is something like Assassin’s Creedto blow up and get everybody excited about how awesome history is again. I can’t wait to see this thing, and I should really get around to finishing the last 2 games in the series, before 3 comes out, and so should you!
Prometheus is a good Sci-Fi film with great acting and an interesting plot, but sadly it wasn’t a great Sci-Fi film and definitely wasn’t this generations Alien. But I would love to see a sequel which could easily fix the problems I found with this film. The best advice I can give to anyone going to see this film would be not to have your expectations to the level that the hype has put it.
Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a ground-breaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was very professional and you could feel the emotion but the main flaw I found with the characters and the film in general were that you couldn’t connect with the people. The main character Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) was the exception to this with a realistic but strong character who survives at all costs (credit goes to her with a great performance). Sadly the characters you start to like get very little screen time and the one’s you don’t really care about (Charlie) get time that was more boring than interesting. Then there’s my main fault with this film. The crew don’t really mix very well and you get the feeling their all in their own little worlds, rather than experiencing something as a group. So in that respect it loses some of its authenticity.
Think I have moaned enough about the characters for now, so let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The special effects, physical props and visual landscape shots where both excellent viewing and brilliantly immersive to the universe that Ridley Scott’s created. There’s nothing quite like being four rows from the screen of an IMAX 3D showing of Prometheus and I would definitely recommend that experience. At one point the spaceship felt like it was landing two feet from your seat which was a little shocking because I have never sat that close at an IMAX. The best thing I felt about this films look was the way that the ships interiors and the alien building where all real and built in the Pinewood Studios which gave everything a realistic touch which helps to bring you closer to believing you’re in that world.
The plot is very much its own. If nothing else this film is not like any other and for that Ridley Scott has made a great addition to his Sci-Fi resume. My favorite scene without giving anything away would be the end scene of the film and if you have seen alien you will know why, but the other would probably be anything involving the Android David (Michael Fassbender) because he was such a great character and played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender who was being great as always. So if there is a sequel which after watching the film I would be expecting one, then I hope that they keep David but give him more face time and a better physical presence.
Finally I would like to address the question of whether Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien film. In my opinion it certainly was a prequel and the film does nothing but leave clues to the original films plot and origins. The end gives you the strongest connection to the original; they couldn’t have made that last scene more revealing to the alien origins if you saw the crew of the Nostromo land at the end. Simply put though this film needed to be more like alien and have a more structured and sensible plot that wouldn’t confuse viewers, I did feel that the film alienated (pure coincidence I used that word) people who wouldn’t get some of the more subtle and complicated plot strands. So go watch it because the film is a great viewing pleasure and will keep you thinking for a long time after about what happened.
grizzly rating 4.5