"No less a critic than C. S. Lewis has described the ravenous addiction that these magazines inspired; the same phenomenon has led me to call science fiction the only genuine consciousness-expanding drug." Arthur C. Clarke

Top 10 Sci-Fi Films of 2012 #6: PROMETHEUS

Prometheus is famed director Ridley Scott‘s newest masterpiece, a prequel/reboot of the Alien franchise, set to release on June 8th.  It stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron.

The film follows the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as it explores an ancient alien civilization, based on a star map taken from the drawings of ancient Earth cultures.  The film was originally conceived as a prequel to the Alien franchise, but after multiple rewrites, moved away from that premise.  According to Scott, the story is based in the same universe and has “strands of Alien‘s DNA,” it is a separate story.

Scott is also famous in science fiction circles for (along with Alien) the film Blade Runner, considered a seminal work of science fiction film, released in 1982 and starring Harrison Ford.  In future science fiction work he has been attached to a film adaptation of Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World as well as a possible sequel to Blade Runner.

As far as Prometheus is concerned, I will see it because of Scott’s masterwork in science fiction, and I believe this will be an even better film than Alien, which I did not feel was particularly impressive, especially compared to Blade Runner.  With the money, as well as nearly twenty years to develop the story as it relates to Alien, I think this will be one of Scott’s best films to date.

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