Ridley Scott's Prometheus continues its principle photography after re-locating to Iceland for a two week shoot. The film crew have set up camp at the foot of Iceland’s Hekla volcano [Despite reports that it was ready to erupt.] The location that was once assumed to mask an Alien landscape is now facilitating the intriguing possibility that it may in fact be Earth in its early years. In fact the whole Icelandic shoot in general is becoming larger in scale as well as concept. Over 160 Icelanders are involved in the shoot, as well as the arrival of over 200 foreigners involved in production, a team that Scott refers to as a "little film crew." So whats the deal? Well luckily for us the director was full of answers while addressing the local media. Hit the jump for the details.
"If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job," stated Scott as he greeted reporters at a short meeting in central Reykjavik before heading off to Hekla to film.
The shoot, which is scheduled to last roughly 2 weeks includes actors Charlize Theron, Michael Fessbender, Guy Pearce & Noomi Rapace. A second location for the production is the Dettifoss waterfall [Europe’s most powerful.]
Interestingly Scott stated that Iceland will not play a "starring role" in Prometheus: "It will be 12-15 minutes in total, if all goes to plan. We are shooting the beginning of time." Icelandic newspaper Morgunbladid also reported that the scenes being shot in Iceland take place in the beginning of the movie.
On the reason to shoot in Iceland the director stated: "It is possible to find similar landscapes elsewhere in the world, but here it is so rough and ‘Jurassic-like’ and that proved decisive. Iceland is a massively beautiful country. I like the black rock and ... no trees," he added. "It was a better option. Being here is fantastic, really fantastic. What I have found in this country is a gorgeous beauty. This is exactly what I wanted from the beginning." Below is an image of the Prometheus crew on location.
Prometheus, since the beginning has been shrouded in secrecy. Scott addressed the importance of this and for film fans alike: "There is a lot of innovative, new stuff in the film and it would be a shame to ruin that [surprise] with leaks."
The director also addressed H.R Giger's involvement in the movie: "We had a good relationship with Giger for many years. We showed him the script for [Prometheus] and he liked it. He's going to work a bit for me with this movie and has been working on a major project that comes in the film."
The director also briefly discussed Noomi Rapace as his choice for the lead: "This is the Woman who will play in Prometheus', I thought to myself. I met her in Los Angeles and saw that she is this beautiful woman, the complete opposite of punk" Prometheus is set to hit theaters in June 2012. Props to IceNews & APN for translations.