Despite the fact that both Prometheus 2, now with the official title [Alien: Paradise Lost](tag:3572502), and Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 are both still far over the horizon director/producer Ridley Scott has been doing his best to promote the heck out of both films (well, mainly his baby Prometheus 2, but there's been mention of Alien 5 as well).
Jumping straight back into the directing seat following his acclaimed The Martian, Scott was already off scouting for locations for Alien: Paradise Lost a few months back and filming is set to begin as early as February 2016. Alien 5 is still further off, though both Scott and Blomkamp have denied rumours that the Prometheus sequel is at fault for the long delay in getting it off the ground.
"The design is for [Alien 5] to go out next, after [Prometheus 2]. This will go out first. [Alien 5 is] more associated with Ripley, it’s a completely different angle, it’s more of a sequel. I’m coming in from the back end." Scott
So we already know that Alien 5 is going to be a continuation of sorts of Lt. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Corp. Dwyane Hicks (Michael Biehn)'s journey following Aliens, but in a recent interview with Empire Scott let some interesting information slip regarding what we can expect to see from Alien: Paradise Lost, namely a connection to Ripley...
"Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on – and I was looking at the dark side of the moon – would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word..." Scott
(Hey, that's where our title came from!)
"In a way [this is] Prometheus 2. It’s exactly the same story. But it was always in the works to be called [Alien: Paradise Lost]. Is Prometheus actually taking us off course from where I’m going, which is actually backing into the first Alien… I’ve even got connections with Ripley [in this], but I’m not telling you what." Scott
Whilst we're not going to get to actually see Sigourney Weaver back in action as the iconic Lt. Ellen Ripley (you'll have to wait until Alien 5 for that) it does appear that Alien: Paradise Lost is going to have a more cemented connection to the first Alien, which the lack thereof was one of the big criticisms with regards to Prometheus itself.
Additionally, whilst Scott has previously confirmed that we won't actually get to see the xenomorphs that have become emblematic of the franchise in Prometheus 2, we will find out a bit more about what they are, and where they came from:
"We will see who made [the xenomorph], and why. That’s what’s interesting."
Whilst the xenomorphs have always been a central facet of the franchise, it makes sense that Scott wants to move a bit further away to explore new worlds and new monsters, though I fear they won't be able to find any quite as iconic as the monsters first made popular by Alien back in 1979.
What do you think?