You wait 30 years for a Ridley Scott sci-fi flick, then too many come along all at once. Typical. Not content with bringing Prometheus 2, his upcoming sequel-prequel to Alien to the big-screen, the filmmaker has also signed on for Blade Runner 2...
And speaking about the Blade Runner sequel recently, Scott revealed:
It's written and it's damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years - despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.
Scott went on to say that he could direct the Blade Runner sequel after his current project, The Martian, wraps. As exciting as that sounds, however, that leaves very little time for Prometheus 2, currently set for a March, 2016 release. Ridley admitted:
That’s the problem, I've got a lot of ducks in a row. But they're all written.
Now, of course I'm all for Harrison Ford returning as the replicant nemesis in Scott's follow-up to his 1982 sci-fi classic. Inspired by the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, this movie has only gathered cool points for me over the years, and since Blade Runner remains a huge open book to play with in terms of material for the story, I'm gagging for Scott's next entry.
That said, after watching Prometheus, I know I wasn't the only one who walked out of the theater asking "what was all that about!?" They say in space no one can hear you scream, but when it's the collective confused screams of thousands of Alien fans left gutted by a sci-fi movie's unanswered questions, then trust me: you're going to need earplugs.
So help me God, if Ridley's too busy with Blade Runner 2 to focus his efforts on Prometheus 2, there's going to be a LOT of disgruntled sci-fi fans left without the all-important answers to THESE Prometheus questions - myself included:
1. Why did the Engineers decide to destroy life on Earth?
This is one question that I presumed Scott was holding back an answer to in expectation of a sequel. If indeed the Engineers created life on Earth, why would they now want to destroy it? Could it be that classic spiel about mankind evolving to the stage of being a threat to all other lifeforms in the universe? Quite possibly, but we're never going to know unless Scott decides to divulge and I guess that just makes us subject to his whims.
2. How does the Prometheus world connect to Alien?
There are several deliberate plot elements established in Prometheus that point to Alien. However, it's also been left so open-ended that it affected the narrative payoffs of the story. Prometheus 2 needs to connect, one way or another, closer to the Alien story, and give people the answers they need as ardent fans and moviegoers. Scott is a master at sci-fi horror and now he has an opportunity to set the stage for his first great masterpiece, fitting everything in so that the universe he created in Alien makes sense. Please, Scott, just do it.
3. What will Shaw do in the Engineer world?
At the end of Prometheus, Noomi Rapace's Elisabeth Shaw is about to set off in an Engineer spacecraft with only mischievous android David for company, her intention to find the aliens' home world and ask them what the devil they thought they were doing trying to wipe out the human race when it was they who created us in the first place. What is at the end of Shaw's rainbow? Will she find the Engineers' home planet destroyed? This we NEED to know.
There's a lot that Prometheus left us wondering about - and not just the question of "how was Elizabeth running around minutes after a self-administered emergency Caesarean?"
What are the most pressing Prometheus questions for you?