Yes, Prometheus will be epic

Veteran Hollywood screenwriter Damon Lindelof is definitely stoked, assuring us that Ridley Scott’s long-awaited Prometheus will be nothing short of an “epic” film.

Loosely tied to the wildly popular Alien franchise, Prometheus boasts a star-studded cast, including the lovely Noomi Rapace (from the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba.

Although Scott has been understandably reluctant to talk about the highly anticipated movie (which is not quite an Alien prequel), we do know that Prometheus depicts the story of an exploration team seeking the origins of human civilization in a grand (but hopefully not clichéd) effort to save future generations of mankind.

“The movie is definitely epic in its scope. One of the filmmakers that we ended up talking about to a fair degree of redundancy was David Lean, who directed ‘Lawrence of Arabia,” Lindelof recently told the LA Times.

“We wanted to make the movie feel big by having the characters be small in big spaces. That connected to the larger themes we were talking about – that we’re all just these little gnats crawling around on our little planet.”

Lindelof also told the Times he thought he was done working on scripts with shadowy plot lines in a post-Lost world, but then Scott came along with an offer he simply couldn’t refuse: to be part of Prometheus and make history.

The screenwriter said Scott led him through a “thick, dramatic vault door,” where five twentysomethings who “looked like they were playing video games” were busy rendering complex images of planets, creatures and space suits.

Prometheus, which explores its own mythology and is not directly linked to  Alien, is slated to hit theaters on June 8, 2012 via 20th Century Fox.

The film is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts, along with Damon Lindelof. Marc Streitenfeld, who worked on several of Ridley Scott’s previous films, has reportedly composed a haunting musical score for Prometheus.