Fans of Ridley Scott's Alien and Prometheus franchises have been waiting with baited breath over the last few months for the bits and pieces of information gleaned from interviews and concept art releases. Scott recently confirmed that production on Prometheus 2, now titled [Alien: Paradise Lost](tag:3572502), will begin January 2016, and we know that the next instalment is going to take us a step even further away from Alien; goodbye xenomorphs, hello engineers.
As for Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, we know it's still happening but as it's still working through pre-production with no filming or release dates yet solidified don't expect to see that coming to fruition for a while yet, certainly not until after Prometheus. Scott will executive produce Alien 5 with Blomkamp directing.
When Prometheus and Alien 5 were first announced some people were a little confused; it had been 15 years since Alien: Resurrection, the last instalment in the franchise universe until Prometheus came along in 2012. After the success of Prometheus Scott has obviously been enthused about resurrecting his sci-fi classics, as he recently confirmed that his Blade Runner sequel is already into pre-production.
Here's what we know so far...
Presumably it will take cues from Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human - the Philip K. Dick novel which served as sequel to both Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the novel upon which Blade Runner was based) and the Blade Runner film itself.
This novel picks up several months after the events of Blade Runner wherein Deckard has retired, moving to an isolated cabin outside of the city accompanied by the Replicant Rachael. He is approached by Tyrell Corp. to hunt for the Sixth Replicant, believed by some characters to be Deckard who in turn are hunting him. As Deckard re-visits characters from the original book, we discover more about the nature of Blade Runners, Replicants and the Tyrell corporation itself.
The story was constructed by Ridley Scott and Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner, The Minus Man) who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Michael Green (Green Lantern, Heroes). Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) will direct and Scott will produce and have final cut on the film as he does with all his creative pet projects.
The Replicant Issue
Ryan Gosling will take over the lead role, but Harrison Ford is coming back too and apparently he's very excited about the script.
"I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, “Meh,” and I said, “No, read this.” And I think he said, “This is the best script I’ve ever had.” We’ve been working on it for a couple of years."
Nothing like blowing your own horn eh Scott? Obviously there's going to be a lot of weight on Gosling's shoulders here as Ford intends to hand the franchise off to him, stating that he'd like to make even more Blade Runner sequels if possible.
Finally Scott has spoken on the Deckard-Replicant issue. He's previously ended the debate by stating that Blade Runner's Deckard is a Replicant: "Of course he’s a bloody Replicant! He’s going to have to admit it."
He's staying tight-lipped on how this will affect story details for the sequel though; when asked how he was going to address the issue that Replicants die after four years and the new film will be set 30-odd years later he responded: "I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to see the story. It’ll all make sense."
On when the story will be set exactly, Scott estimated it would be sometime around 2047 - 2050. It's been 33 years since Blade Runner was made, so that makes sense given that the original was set in 2019. Not long to go until we can expect flying cars then.
Blade Runner 2 is scheduled to start production next year, presumably once Scott wraps up with Prometheus 2.