When it comes to his upcoming sequel Prometheus 2 , Ridley Scott hasn't really held anything back when it comes to revealing key details. Between announcing an entirely new alien species and promising some answers to the Engineers' ambiguous (but seemingly evil) intentions, it was starting to feel like we would know the story before filming even begun.
Now, with his most recent interview, it seems his candor may have been hiding way, way more grandiose plans than any of us were expecting. And by plans, I mean sequels. Lots and lots of Prometheus sequels. For just how many more movies we can expect, let's see what Ridley envisions for the franchise future.
We might not see Xenomorphs for another few years
At the end of Prometheus, Shaw and David are fleeing the planet that became the graveyard for so many of their comrades. Meanwhile, one of the most terrifying cinematic lifeforms was getting an equally terrifying birth, and Alien fans immediately needed to know more.
In an interview with FilmFutter, Ridley confirmed that Prometheus will directly link up with the Alien franchise, but sadly not for a while:
It won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise…
Wait, so with three more sequels that means we're looking at 2020 before getting reintroduced to the classic villain. And with Ridley's penchant for doing other movies in-between his sci-fi, we may be getting a lot more spread out backstory before we see how these two plots overlap.
In the end, Prometheus will all come down to the origins of the Alien itself
When Scott announced that Prometheus 2 would feature a new extraterrestrial life form, many of us worried that this quick little intro would be the end of the Xenomorph's presence in the prequel series. Now that even more sequels are coming our way, it looks like the entire point will be exploring the purpose of these weaponized beings. As Ridley puts it:
The whole point of it is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself. I always thought of the Alien as kind of a piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these biomechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.
For many of us, this is the kind of thing we expected to see from the first Prometheus film, so I'm more than willing to ride out the space adventure until we get there.
What about Neill Blomkamp's Alien?
So, if the Prometheus and Alien timelines are set to collide, how does that affect director Neill Blomkamp's Alien project that's set to star Sigourney Weaver? Not much is known about the film yet, but it's supposed to take place later than Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection and include another Queen Xenomorph.
If done correctly, the Prometheus film could lay the groundwork for exactly what Ripley and co. could be facing. However, Blomkamp's film is slated to come out in 2017, which is when Prometheus 2 should hit theaters. If the sequel won't cover anything about Xenomorphs as Ridley claimed, then an overlap might just be out of the question.
Either way, I was a fan of Prometheus despite the divisive response and constant criticisms of its flaws. I'm happy to see a director take his or her time with a concept, I'm just hoping we end the journey with some answers.
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