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Ridley Scott: 'Prometheus is an original sci-fi film'

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Ridley Scott has described Prometheus as a truly original sci-fi movie.

The director explained that he returned to the sci-fi genre for his latest film only after becoming convinced that Prometheus could be innovative.

"Over the past few decades, I think we've been 'action filmed-out' and 'monster filmed-out' and almost 'science fiction filmed-out'," Scott said, reports Flicks and Bits. "So the baseline question is, 'How original are you going to be?'"

He continued: "The reason I haven't made another sci-fi film in so many years, apart from the fact I've been busy making other films and exploring different genres, is because frankly I haven't come across anything worthwhile for me to do with enough truth, originality and strength. Prometheus has all three."

Prometheus Charlize Theron


Scott also explained that he did a great deal of searching before compiling the movie's all-star cast.

"Frequently, I'd already have done my homework, so I kind of know who I want already. And that doesn't undermine my casting directors, at all, because I know what I want," the filmmaker noted.

"I need a very good casting director to persuade and negotiate and all that stuff. But, I look for people like Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, because they're free-thinking, free-moving artists who think on their feet."

Theron recently said that she thinks Scott is one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation.

Prometheus is now playing in UK cinemas and opens on June 8 in the US.

Watch a trailer for Prometheus below:

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