Ridley Scott Teases Prometheus Deleted Scenes, 20-Minute Longer Extended Cut

Ridley Scott - 'Kingdom of Heaven'

Whether you loved Prometheus or were left frustrated by it, everyone who's seen Ridley Scott's sci-fi pic can agree it leaves you with a plethora of unanswered questions. So maybe it's good news that Scott has revealed the eventual DVD/Blu-ray release will feature deleted scenes and a 20 minute-longer extended cut of the film — even if Scott is perfectly happy stymieing audiences with his theatrical cut.

Scott's chat with Collider sheds light not only on what the Prometheus home video release might contain, but on Scott's attitude toward bonus materials and post-theatrical cuts and the film nerds who love to pore over every second of supplemental materials.

"[The theatrical cut] is fundamentally the director’s cut. But there will be half an hour of stuff on the menu 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."

Riiight. So Fox wants to issue a bonus-packed Prometheus extended cut DVD/Blu-ray package. Who's Scott to get in the way? He's a business, man! (Ka-ching!) It sounds like Prometheus's theatrical cut is Scott's ideal director's cut, but he promises a half hour of bonus material for fans who want to go deep into detail:

"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 [DVD] menu. To see how things are long, and it’s too long."

And my favorite part of the chat (emphasis mine):

"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."

Along the lines of those scenes that viewers might agree are "too long," Scott describes a scene that wound up on the cutting room floor, seemingly for good reason:

[SPOILERS] [In the deleted scene described by Scott, Noomi Rapace's Shaw fights with the remaining Engineer in a hand-to-hand fight.] "The problem about it is, while she gives as good as she gets with an axe... he’s so big, for him to be clouted with a conventional weapon somehow diminished him. It’s subtle. It’s drama. I didn’t want to diminish him by having this person who has a weapon to be able to back him off. It minimized him." [END SPOILERS]

Hmm, let's see now. "Am I communicating?" Scott claims he asks himself. Well... that's debatable. (See Movieline's discussion of the still-unanswered questions and dumb script moves in Prometheus.) As for future Prometheus alternate/extended versions, I guarantee folks on both side of the Prometheus fence will clamor for a gander. The question is, will we get any real answers?

[via Collider]

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  • joe says:

    Director’s cut/final cut. I think Tarantino said it best (and very arrogantly) about the Pulp Fiction deleted scenes, "These scenes are not in the movie, because I made the movie I wanted to make"

    • Jen Yamato says:

      Yep. That puts me at ease about the theatrical cut, at least - knowing Scott put exactly what he intended in what we all saw.

  • Pete Leather says:

    If any movie, as 'released', didn't "work", because of "script problems", "Plot Holes", or "bad editing", or something often properly referred to as, "bad Direction"; It was a poorly made movie. The audience to this film was fooled by "Good & Effective Advertising". R.Scott has a lot of nerve acting as if we 'need' to buy another film, to make any sense of what was released in the theaters. Unanswered questions are fine- but not ridiculous stupidity on the parts of the characters- who were not supposedto be stupid, or ridiculously bad 'plot-arcs'.

  • Morgan says:

    I can't imagine anybody cutting out the parts that were missing in that movie on purpose. and i can definitely do without seeing two characters i didn't understand, fighting with an axe.

  • Techno says:

    Who cares. A turkey is a turkey even with extra trimming.

  • yash24Lily Arredondo says:

    how they’re made, how they’re set up, and the rejections in it.


  • Baco Noir says:

    Jen, don't agree that Scott has ever released theatrically the movie he wanted to release. Obvious one? Blade Runner. Less obvious? The Kingdom of Heaven. If Scott thinks he's making coherent, commercial movies that will be seen by the biggest number of people in theatres, why did he allow the completely nonsensical, butchered version of KofH to be released? People got one whiff of it and stayed away in droves. He, as he said on the director's cut support material of that film, "is a team player." Meaning, doing whatever the suits tell him to. Be a good boy and he can then eventually release the full version on DVD. Scott makes movies for DVD release, not theatrical. He could care less about the theatrical release. Take a look at the two versions of KofH. The theatrical is an incoherent mess with Eva Green's later actions in the film completely incomprehensible. In the extended cut, she has a SON (he's not in the theatrical cut) and what happens to him causes her to do the things she does. It still has flaws, but it's almost great. Scott is nothing more than a talented studio hack. Which is a pity, because if he actually fought for his films they might do better.

  • Walker says:

    Extended cut? What did I just pay $18 for last Saturday?

  • MJ says:

    You can't polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter!

  • Micah Delgado says:

    So, is this extended cut only on Blu Ray, cuz I only have a DVD player. Will this be on the DVD?

  • Roy Midyett says:

    The contrast to "John Carter" is interesting: JC was a pretty good movie that got a terrible ad campaign; and "Prometheus" is a pretty bad movie that got all the hype and ads it needed; too bad.

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