Originally Posted by metrosonus
The only way this will be a success is if Ridley says "give me the cash and walk away now".
cause you know.. you just know some suit ****** bag is going to sit in a board room and let a comment fly and whoops, there goes the movie.
That's why keaton wanted out of batman, a suit said "why does it have to be so dark?" and look what happened.. The original creator of tron tipped his hat and bowed out of it.. look what happened..
Ridley had a miserable time on Blade Runner because Bud Yorkin (financier) was freaking because it was going over budget. He said Ridley was shooting scenes 20 times to get the right lighting. The executive director, an older British guy, told Ridley to go to the union and the problem was solved.
They did screen tests and half the audience was clueless. Rutger Hauer said half loved it and the other half said that does not look like my LA. (it does today).
They were forced to make Harrison do the voice over which he hated doing. It was there so the audience knew what was going on. It is out of the director's cut. The ending was also changed to a happy ending which was lame. I will not go into detail on that to avoid ruining it for some people.
Alien was done on an even tighter budget and the studio was always trying to keep from going over budget. The overall experience was probably better versus Blade Runner. The only thing with Alien is the rewriters were trying to get credit for doing nothing. The guy who wrote it, Dan O'Bannon - who passed away in 2009, pretty much wrote the whole movie in his first draft. Director Walter Hill and a few others financed it and were trying to steal the credit. I think it worked out okay for Dan.
Dan had also met Swiss artist H.R. Giger. Giger's artwork had the spooky Alien and other stuff there and Dan said that is it. Giger was a strange guy and said he took drugs because these images were in his dreams. Most of the people on the set were creeped out by Giger but Dan, Ridley and a few others got on well with him. Giger worked on the Space Jockey using bones etc. All the stuff behind Alien with set design etc was incredibly painstaking. You want to talk about detail. This is Ridley.
The whole point is - a lot of people wanted Ridley to do this. Fans and the studio. Ridley has been through battles with studios and people bankrolling the film, especially Blade Runner. He knows how the game is played and he is no pushover.
I think he went to Fox for the budget on Promethus and asked for....$250 million! I mean that is a 1/4 of a billlion dollars! I think they got it down to $200 million. Hollywood is really plugged into Comic Con - they know the fans want Ridley to make these films.
Will they live up to the originals? Probably not but I bet they are 20x than any of the other shit Hollywood releases. I know on screen they will be stunning. I think there will be 3-D versions.
I know it will beat the hell out of any shite Lucas does with men in rubber masks so he can make $1 off a small plastic toy in a Happy Meal. Lucas is a toy merchant.