“A young Engineer drinks from a ceremonial cup, then begins to disintegrate, his remains blowing into the sea and, eventually, mankind itself,” begins Mark Salisbury’s Prometheus: The Art of the Film. Titan Books — always adept at delivering gorgeous and utterly geeky art books, particularly thorough film companions — contains a fascinating and beautiful collection of production artwork, behind the scenes photos, and other previously unseen gems from this summer’s most divisive movie, with input from director Ridley Scott.
The title is an essential read for those still pondering the films most ambiguous moments — even if it doesn’t answer for the terrible old age makeup Guy Pearce was caked in and the film’s other frustratingly illogical moments. If you want to find out what a “Babyhead” is, or learn who and what the Engineers were modeled after (their exosuit inspiration, for example, was “Russian cosmonaut meets Samurai”) you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of in-depth compendium. Design nuts will have plenty to swoon over here.
And just like the film, Scott leaves us wondering where the surviving crew will take us next. “I thought Prometheus was so enjoyable — returning to the world of science fiction was so fun — I’m thinking about what the hell I might do for a Prometheus 2… ”
Prometheus: The Art of the Film is available on Amazon.