Ridley Scott on a longer Prometheus cut

News Simon Brew 12 Jun 2012 - 06:52

Might we be seeing an extra 20 minutes of Prometheus on the DVD and Blu-ray release later this year?

Prometheus has been out in the UK now for approaching two weeks, and the debate about the film shows little sign of dying down. It's a long time since we can remember a film quite this divisive, although whichever side of the divide you fall, there's a sense that some useful material appears to have not made the final cut of the movie's second half.

Even before the film was released, though, director Ridley Scott had suggested that more footage may end up being put back into the film at a later point. Chatting to Collider, he's expanded on this slightly, revealing that there's a wealth of material heading to the DVD and Blu-ray later in the year.

"This is fundamentally the director’s cut", he confirmed of the cinematic release. "But there will be half an hour of stuff on the menu [of the disc release] because people are so into films - how they’re made, how they’re set up, and the rejections in it. That’s why it’s fascinating. So this will all go on to the menu."

Specifically, Scott revealed, there's a fight scene between Noomi Rapace's character and one of the Engineers that we'll be seeing on the disc.

But also, when asked how much longer an extended cut for the disc release would be, he replied "20 minutes".

When then asked if that 20 minutes would be added in for a longer version of the film (as opposed to being available as deleted scenes, presumably), he gave a bit more of a puzzling answer: "Maybe. But I’m so happy with this engine, the way it is right now. I think it’s fine. I think it works. It can go in a section where, if you really want to tap in, look at the menu. To see how things are long, and it’s too long."

Scott continued: "Dramatically, I’m about putting bums on seats. For me to separate my idea of commerce from art - I’d be a fool. You can’t do that. I wouldn’t be allowed to do the films I do. So I’m very user friendly as far as the studios are concerned. To a certain extent, I’m a businessman. I’m aware that’s what I have to do. It’s my job. To say, 'Screw the audience.' You can’t do that. 'Am I communicating?' is the question. Am I communicating? Because if I’m not, I need to address it."

If you're reading that answer and you remain unclear whether there's going to be an actual extended cut on the disc, then, er, we're with you there. We're not quite sure what Scott's answer means there. But when we find out more, we'll let you know.


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Textbook communicating.

Damn, Scott talking like a politician? Scary.

Yeah, there's some huge irony there, waxing on about "communication" and confusing the Hell out of everyone.  Ridley, you might not be doing your job.  ;)

Sir Ridley:You need to address it.

don’t think it’s the actual cut that’s dividing opinion. Unfortunately it was
the final script that everyone feels disappointed with and I don’t think any
extended cut or insertion of cut scenes is going to resolve that issue.  I doubt its going to address the multitude of unanswered questions...

Unless its exposition heavy, an extra 20 minutes of the second half of the film will probably make an already saggy script worse.

It's just the realities of working on big budget Hollywood movies. 

I don't really see the added twenty minutes making much a difference.

Sir Ridley sayeth a lot without really saying anything, really. In 15 years' time some inspired/insane geek will release Prometheus: The Fan Cut which will go in a platinum-ray DVD boxset alongside the Director's Cut, the Schlock Horror Cut, the Hard Science Cut, the Just David Cut, the Bollywood Musical Remake and the U-rated Family Friendly Cut. Oh, and it will come with mod options (Engineer Mode) so that those who are still not happy can mess around with the original until they're satisfied. Everyone gets what they want! Hooray!

Ridley, fix the movie or you'll be stripped of your 'Sir' title. ;-)

Er. He does know that language needs meaning as well as syntax, right? Might be my only-had-two-coffees-so-quite-befuddled brain, but barely a word of that made sense to me, beyond 'Yeah, I like the film the way it is'. Which is fair enough; so do I, as it happens. 

I'm expecting this means there'll be 20 minutes of deleted/alternate scenes on the DVD rather than a different cut.

He has already done it twice with Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood. Both directors cuts added about 20 minutes which made the films make a whole lot more sense so I am looking forward to this.

It's not hard to work out, is it? He knows he won't get to make the sequel(s) unless enough people go to see it. It had to be ruthlessly cut to get enough showings in cinemas (and not keep ADD people away). Given that it's only been out 1.5 weeks in the UK and 1 weekend in the US, he's not going to come out and say "The cinema version is pants, it's not what I intended, wait for the DVD" is he? Whether the script is irrideemable is a different matter, but think how Alien 3 was butchered and trashed, but it seems to have (rightly) earned a creeping respect, with the workprint edition adding a great deal of clarity, despite some of the script and acting being a bit dodgy. Prometheus didn't suffer those kinds of production problems of course, but I think the long-term effect may be the same.

I'm desparate for the sequels to come out. I can accept the opinions of people who just didn't like the script, but I remain dismayed by those who can't cope with the unanswered questions.

Edina Monsoon had a line about an artist who was holding a retrospective on works he hadn't done yet.  Man, it's almost getting to that point.

 well that is what he said

I'd undoubtedly watch the Just David Cut. Fassbender was probably the best thing about the film for me. Stunning work. Absolutely sublime.

An additional 20 minutes of footage isn't going to make a lot of difference to me unless it's 20 minutes of people publicly berating Damon Lindelof, pelting him with rocks and screaming 'It's all part of the mystery, Damon'.

If he's happy with the way the film is now, maybe he shouldn't be making films any longer. I all for a little bit of mystery, but a film needs to make logical sense. This one didn't. Still, it's pretty.

I think Prometheus can easily be made into a much better film by simply reducing its run time.  Say about cutting it by approximately 2hours 5 mins and pretending the sorry mess of a film was never shot int he first place.

i would argue cutting the Initial Scene because it lacks any purpose, and all the dream sequences, but adding more to the end, i refuse to accept find a second ship was that easy to do, given all the trouble they had finding the first one 

Except that the initial scene sets the whole film up by the Engineer consuming the black goo and his DNA creating life on earth, hence the later explanation that our DNA is derived from theirs. Also other pyramids are clearly visisble in the landing sequence, suggesting they too conceal ships

Just release a 2 disc DVD, stick the cinematic cut on the first and the extended cut on the second. Sorted.

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