It can't be easy for Ridley Scott to go on a press tour for a movie that isn't a Blade Runner or Alien sequel. While doing the rounds promoting his newest sword and sandals epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, the reporters can't help but ask for any crumbs of info they can get on [Prometheus 2](movie:512281), so Scott's been offering some tasty tidbits these past couple of months.
First off, the script seems to be completed and Scott seems happy with the re-write that Michael Green (who also has helped Scott with the Blade Runner sequel) worked on. Seemingly in response to Naomi Rapace's assertion that we might encounter some Gods and Devils in the sequel, Scott, perhaps tired of his recent "Gods and Kings", reiterated:
"...[Prometheus 2 is] fresh” and “getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I’m going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons.”
And, yes, we'll be moving even further away from the traditional Alien Xenomorph which was always the intention of the Prometheus series, says Scott:
“The beast is done. Cooked." and "after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you've got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we've found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
What is the next step?! Will the alien's they encounter this time around be what lurks on the Engineer's home planet? Since Prometheus left so many questions unanswered it felt as if the only way to get to the bottom of things was to, as Elizabeth Shaw seemed determined to do at the end, find where these Engineer's came from.
And Scott seems to confirm that following up on Rapace's Shaw and Michael Fassbender's David's journey is the path they'll be taking in Prometheus 2: (Jump to about 1:40 to get straight to the Prometheus stuff.)
What's still not 100% certain is, due to his current commitments on The Martian with Matt Damon, whether he'll be back in the director's chair or just producing. This seems to be the same question plaguing that Blade Runner sequel as well.
Even though Prometheus' unanswered questions could be looked at with sheer frustration, I felt the film offered a gloriously nuanced and refreshingly detailed world that deserves further exploring and expansion. What would be really frustrating is if we never do get a sequel. Thankfully, all signs are pointing to more to come.