Ridley Scott, master of the sci-fi epic, has been planning Prometheus 2 since before 2012's Prometheus had even hit cinemas, visualising a series of films set in the alien universe and revealing some of the questions left open at the conclusion of the first film. Damon Lindelof, who co-wrote the script to Prometheus, previously confirmed that elements of the plot were deliberately left unresolved in order to be answered in the sequel, which would move even further away from Alien as its predecessor did.
The conclusion of Prometheus saw Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the android David (Michael Fassbender) escaping the planet in one of the Engineer's ships, intending to continue her search for truth by aiming for their creators home planet.
Rapace previously elaborated on the possibility of Shaw going on to discover God and the Devil on her journey:
"I know that Elizabeth Shaw wants to go to paradise. I say that in the first one. I don’t wanna go back. She can’t go to Earth. There’s nothing left for her there really. She wants to go where they come from, those giants, those creatures. In her head that’s the dark paradise. What’s there? God, maybe? God or [the] Devil. I don’t know. I don’t know where [Ridley Scott’s] gonna take us but I can’t wait to go there."
Shaw's strong Christian beliefs are alluded to throughout the first film, and they are what drives her exploration of humanities origins. Indeed the search that she has been on is a search for God; whilst it may not be a representation of God in the traditional sense the Engineers are the creators (and possible destroyers) of humanity.
Shaw wants to know why the Engineers planned to destroy the human race after creating it in the first place and Scott has confirmed that it's this story of Shaw's search for "paradise" that we'll continue to follow in Prometheus 2:
"If it is paradise, paradise cannot be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous."
Hey, that's where the title of the film comes from! So say hello to [Alien: Paradise Lost](tag:3572502), the official title of the Prometheus sequel.
Another recent interview saw Scott letting a little detail out about Alien: Paradise Lost, revealing that in addition to following Shaw and David's journey we'll be introduced to an entirely new set of characters in the form of a group of travellers:
"[Alien: Paradise Lost] is going to be it’s own separate thing because [Shaw and David] are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster, and they will be in that alien craft that takes them there but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travellers in the beginning of the first act."
In true Scott style that was all the information he'd give away regarding these new additions, but we can speculate. It's likely that the Weyland Corporation would've sent another craft to LV-223 when USCSS Prometheus failed to return, and it's not impossible to imagine that they'd be able to follow after them as they journey onwards - David is a Weyland android after all, it's not a stretch to say that they'd be able to track him somehow. It also gives a new way for conflict to arise, if that baby-Queen looking xenomorph is still skulking around somewhere (though Scott has said that he's done with the xenomorphs now. Boo).
However, the Weyland Corp would surely be very far behind Shaw and David given the time it would take them to reach LV-223, and there's something interesting about the specific phrase Scott used in the interview: "a new group of travellers".
Calling this group travellers suggests that they're a crew unconnected to the Weyland Corp; one that has their own personal mission which perhaps brings them into a collision course with Shaw and David. Could they also be searching for the home-world of the Engineers? Or could this be something to do with the Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) connection that Scott has teased?
Either way it's shaping up to be pretty exciting when we make the journey onwards with Shaw and David in 2017.
Alien: Paradise Lost will begin filming in February 2016 for a release date of May 30th 2017.