Is Ridley Scott worried about filming his new movie 'Prometheus' at the foot of Iceland's active Hekla volcano?

Not at all. "If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job," the director told reporters in central Reykjavik before heading off to begin filming. He said he's not losing any sleep over the ominous -- and erroneous -- news reports that the volcano was about to blow.

Why Iceland? "It is possible to find similar landscapes elsewhere in the world," Scott explained. "But here it is so rough and 'Jurassic-like,' and that proved decisive. Iceland is a massively beautiful country."

Filming began today for the sci-fi epic, which stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Noomi Rapace. Besides the volcano backdrop, the production will also be filming at the Dettifoss waterfall, according to local media reports.

Scott will be in Iceland for two weeks to shoot, as he says, "the beginning of time." 'Prometheus' tells the story of the first contact between the alien gods and their "children," that is, us humans, who were genetically designed by the aliens, and how that meeting goes disastrously wrong.

Although a detailed plot synopsis has been released, Scott says that he hopes to keep a lid on some of the film's more mysterious elements: "There is a lot of innovative and new stuff in the film and it would be a shame to ruin that [surprise] with leaks."

As for the Icelandic footage, Scott says it will comprise a short portion of the film: "It will be 15 minutes in total, if all goes to plan."

When you're dealing with nature and the elements, that's a mighty big "if." See Moviefone's list of other dangerous movie locations, many whose productions did not go according to plan.

[via Ice News]
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