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Ridley Scott silenced any doubters Thursday in Hall H regarding his next film, Prometheus. Although details of the plot are still under wraps, Comic-Con goers got the first peak at footage, as well as some teases from Scott, screenwriter Damon Lindelof, and actors Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace. The reaction? A huge hall of fans begging for more.
The footage was the main event during the 20th Century Fox's panel at this year's Comic-Con. Lindelof moderated the entire panel, which also included footage from Andrew Niccol's In Time and Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Prometheus, which "may or may not be" a prequel of sorts to Alien, is scheduled for release on June 8, 2012. It stars Rapace, Theron, Michael Fassbender and according to Scott, it "has the DNA of the original Alien."
Earlier in the day, the first official image from the film was unveiled. Though there's not much to be derived from it, the atmosphere hints at that of Alien.
Less than five minutes of footage was actually shown, and no major plot details were revealed, but those on-hand lauded the epic shots and production design from what there was. Scott was not present at the panel, though he did conference in via satellite from Iceland, where he's on the last day of filming for Prometheus.
During the panel, Scott heaped praise on Lindelof and his script saying this is the most fun he's had working on a film in many years and that he "felt secure" having a such a good script to work with. Scott also spoke highly of filming Prometheus in 3D, going so far as to say he'll never work without 3D again. "3D opens up the universe, even in a small dialogue scene," he said.
Rapace joined Scott via satellite and said working with the director was an enormous honor. Theron also said she's been hoping for years for the opportunity to work with him.
It remains to be seen whether the "Alien" franchise still has any box-office pull (or how much Prometheus has to do with Alien), but if the reaction of Hall H and the immediate online buzz is any indication, Prometheus will be a force to be reckoned with next summer.
Thanks to FirstShowing.net for live-blogging the panel.