So, has Ridley Scott gone back on his word when he said there wouldn’t be a director’s cut of “Prometheus“? Or is it all just a matter of semantics? It’s seems it’s the latter combined with playing the studio game, but whatever it is, there will be more of “Prometheus” to love/hate/feel ambivalent about when it (presumably) hits Blu-ray/DVD later this year.
Chatting with Collider (via Prometheus Movie), Scott revealed that yes, there will be an extended cut running about 20 minutes longer in what sounds like some kind of branching format. “This 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,” Scott explained.
When pressed by the site if this will indeed be an extended cut, Scott was cagey but more or less confirmed that was the case, and seems to have rationalized it by saving it’s something Fox wanted. “Maybe. But 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 menu. To see how things are long, and it’s too long,” he said. “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.”
And it seems there will even more stuff not in the extended cut, but surviving as deleted scenes instead — one of them being a fight between an Engineer and Noomi Rapace‘s Elizabeth Shaw. “The Engineer fight scene was pretty good. It will definitely go on the menu. It won’t go on the long version. The problem about it is, while she gives as good as she gets with an axe (she’s very physical), he’s so big, for him to be clouted with a conventional weapon somehow diminished him. It’s subtle. It’s drama,” Scott elaborated. “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. That’s why when he deals with people inside his cockpit, it’s over. Wham, wham, wham. Even the shot doesn’t mean anything. And so all she has time for is introducing him to the big boy inside the lab.”
Just when you thought there was nothing left to talk about with “Prometheus”….there’s still more to talk about. So technically not a “director’s cut” but an “extended cut” — let’s just hope the theatrical cut also survives on it’s way to Blu-ray as well. No word yet on when “Prometheus” will be available on home video, but something is happening on October 11th according to the latest viral video. Anything in particular you want to see in deleted scenes or extra footage?