Following his recent comeback with this year’s sci-fi hit, The Martian, Ridley Scott is already preparing for his next project, the sequel to his 2012 film, Prometheus, called Alien: Paradise Lost. The director has been periodically releasing new details and pieces of information from the film over the past few months while promoting The Martian, including his plans for the film’s sequels, and the new team of explorers the film will focus on. While Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to be reprising their roles from Prometheus too, not much is known about the film’s cast, although Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson has been rumored for the sequel as well.
Scott seems to be showing even more interest in the mythology and history of the Alien universe he helped to create than he has in his entire career at this point, but considering Alien: Paradise Lost recently delayed Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 indefinitely, Scott is going to have to prove that his sequel will be the more worthy of the two for fans of the franchise.
While speaking with IGN recently too, Scott revealed that Alien: Paradise Lost (and its sequel) will reveal who was behind the creation of the original Alien we met in the first film. Read his full quote below:
“Prometheus 2 will start getting shot in February and I’ve already begun now so I know what the script is. Then there will be another one after that and then maybe we’ll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?”
This echoes some of Scott’s past statements about the film too, and how it will parallel some of the more biblical themes that the director has played with multiple times throughout his filmography. The only problem is that I don’t know if there are that many fans out there who cared all that much about who created the Aliens. Part of what makes them so terrifying in the first two films is just how mysterious they are. Watching the Xenomorph’s transformation in the original Alien for the first time is incredibly scary because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.
So I don’t really know how much good over-explaining the Xenomorph’s genesis will do, and while I’m interested in seeing how Scott and his team are planning on telling this story, I’m definitely going to be approaching this film with a skeptical mindset.
Alien: Paradise Lost is set to hit theatres on May 30th, 2017.
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