One thing, though: just watching some daft crap earlier on tonight in Spielberg's War of the Worlds
, I really hope Scott doesn't 'overdirect' this, if you know what I mean. It's gona be 3D, Imax, the whole shebang, but I really, really hope the elaborate, painstakingly-constructed Giger sets, characters, physical sfx, etc. do far more talking than styslised camera trickery and CGI.
How deeply and intelligently the central premise is explored will decide whether it sinks or swims as a 'pure' sci-fi flick, but even if that impresses enough, unnecessary bits of auteur showing off (of which I feel Scott has been guilty at times since his incredible first few features) would spoil things a little for me. Thankfully, Russell Crowe isn't in this one.
Trailers for these kinds of highly-anticipated blockbusters are always gona be almost-parodically flashy and pumped-up, but I'd welcome a return to the late-70s-early-80s Ridley Scott in terms of perfect pacing and tightly handled artistic flair, rather than the one who looked in danger of nearly turning into Tony Scott at one point. Also, considering a few big names he worked with in the earlier days have been quite critical of his direction of actors (Harrison Ford's definitely one of them), and he's supposed to have greatly improved his treatment of cast members since that time, I reckon he summoned some utterly brilliant performances out of those more tense, difficult relationships he reportedly had back then. I'm not so much into the modern-day, cigar-chomping movie mogul Ridley, to be honest. I'm sure the vision and talent's still there within that mind though.