20th Century Fox
In Space No One Can Hear You Read
My excitement over Ridley Scott's Prometheus is mounting, and it's inspired me take another look at the filmmaker's seminal sci-fi flick Alien.
At first, the buzz was that Scott would be directing a two-part prequel to Alien in 3D. Then the Oscar winner appeared to change his tune, declaring that the new film is like a "cousin" to Alien rather than a direct prequel. What seems to be common knowledge is that Prometheus examines the origins of the giant Space Jockey from Alien.
Twentieth Century Fox has been tight-lipped about the plot of Prometheus. The official party line states that the film "creates a groundbreaking 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."
Cryptic, I know. But with Scott returning to the Alien universe more than 30 years after the original film, and a cast that includes Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, I have the June 8, 2012 release date marked on my calendar like a big, Alien-shaped egg.
As a kid I got my claws on everything I could find that was Alien related, from the 18-inch Kenner Alien action figure (which my mother found appalling) to Alien the Illustrated Story by Heavy Metal and The Book of Alien -- the first tome to reveal behind-the-scenes photos, concept sketches of an Alien that never was -- and what H.R. Giger, the genius artist who imagined the terrifying creature, looked like (sadly, he looked all too human).
As the excitement builds towards the release of Prometheus, a brand-new book on the making of Alien has arrived: Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film. Written by Empire magazine executive editor Ian Nathan, the book is a film geek's dream, with amazing, never-before-seen photos and insightful, new details about one of my all-time favorite films in crisp detail with a colorful layout. The handsome hardcover also features the added interactive element of vellum envelopes containing cool, meticulously recreated artifacts -- "show-and-tell" style sleeves containing posters, storyboards, blueprints, Giger art, a Nostromo logo sticker and much more -- to enhance the experience.
As I sponged up page after page of revelations from the Vault, it dawned on me that with all the time I spend time web surfing, watching movies and TV, reading magazines and just being social, that I haven't actually read a book cover to cover in years. Scarier than the Facehugger itself, I know. But I broke that streak with Alien Vault, and for good reason.
I guess in space, no one can hear you read?