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"[Prometheus] covers a vast expanse of time, past, present and future. It doesn't take place on Earth in any real significant way. The way we're exploring the future is away from Earth and [asking] what are people like now? What have they gone through and what are they thinking of? Space exploration in the future is going to evolve into this idea that it's not just about going out there and finding planets to build colonies. It also has this inherent idea that the further we go out, the more we learn about ourselves. The characters in this movie are preoccupied by the idea: what are our origins?"
-Damon Lindelof, concerning the scope of Prometheus
For more info and generally great reading, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(film)Set in the late 21st century, the story follows the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they explore an advanced alien civilization in search of the origins of humanity. Conceived as a prequel to Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, rewrites of Spaihts's script by Lindelof developed a separate story that precedes the events of Alien, but which is not directly connected to the films in the Alien franchise.
According to Scott, though the film shares "strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak", and takes place in the same universe, Prometheus will explore its own mythology and ideas.
Principal photography began in March 2011, with filming taking place in Canada, England, Iceland, Spain, and Scotland, mostly on practical sets. The film was shot entirely using 3D cameras and required no conversion in post-production.
Prometheus is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012 in the United Kingdom and June 8, 2012, in the United States and Canada. Scott has suggested that if the film is a success, he would be interested in pursuing sequels.