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'Prometheus' leak was "heartbreaking", says Fox chief Tom Rothman

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20th Century Fox co-chairman and chief executive officer Tom Rothman has described a bootleg leak of the Prometheus trailer as "heartbreaking".

A pirated version of the trailer for Ridley Scott's science fiction epic leaked online recently, with Fox moving swiftly to take down the illegal videos from YouTube.

Rothman told MTV: "It's heartbreakingly unfair, because the quality of the visuals is spectacularly beautiful, shot in 3D compositionally the way only a master could do it.

"For some early, half-baked, half-assed test to leak, it's so unfair. I will promise you this: When that material is ready and it comes out, you should go see it in 3D on a screen. It will deliver."

Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender explore a distant planet.

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Rothman played down speculation that Prometheus will serve as a direct prequel to Alien, but acknowledged that there are links between the two movies.

"I suppose [it's a prequel] if you want to definitionally be that literal, but it does it a great disservice," he said. "If you looked at the whole movie, 95% of it is entirely unto itself. Ridley said it right: If you're a fan and you look closely, you'll spot strands of DNA.

"I'll tell you the great thing: It's way bigger than that. The ideas are way bigger, way more original and - it's a scary word - way more profound."

> Prometheus picture gallery: Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster

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