Star Wars fans gearing up for the Friday release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus might be interested in a new interview with the legendary director conducted by Esquire magazine.
The interviewer tries to trash the Star Wars saga a bit in the interview (a low blow, and completely unwarranted, but Scott refuses the bait and reveals himself to be a fan of Star Wars: A New Hope in the process. Scott 1, Reporter 0.
Here’s an excerpt. Be sure to visit the site to read the entire interview and get Scott’s thoughts on religion, alien life and his next movie, which promises to be of Biblical promotions.
ES: Were you at all reluctant to revisit Alien with a prequel? There are so many ways it could’ve backfired.
RS: It was challenging, but it’s also a very happy thing to do, because people love the series so much. It’s nice to reawaken that old enthusiasm in an audience. It’s kind of what we do as filmmakers. It’s why people read books about characters or situations they’re already familiar with. It’s why there were six Star Wars films.
ES: But right there, the Star Wars prequels — that’s a pretty convincing cautionary tale for how a prequel can blow up in your face. George Lucas probably should’ve left well enough alone.
RS: Well, all I can say is that, of all the movies, my favorite was the first one. The original Star Wars.