Whilst we still wait patiently for any news regarding production moving forward on Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 pet project, producer/director Ridley Scott has been feeding the fanbase little bits and pieces as we move along the road the the Prometheus sequel, now officially titled [Alien: Paradise Lost](tag:3572502).
As of now we already know that Prometheus 2 is set to begin production in January 2016, shooting in Australia (and possibly in Canada too). With Scott teasing a tenuous connection to Alien's Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and planning to introduce a new crew, it's shaping up to be a pretty exciting sequel to what was a lacklustre film for many Alien fans.
Scott Wants HOW Many Prometheus Films?
In a recent interview with German movie site FilmFutter, Scott spoke of his plans to continue to expand the Prometheus franchise, and how it will eventually tie into the Alien franchise further down the line.
When asked if Prometheus 2 would feature a more solidified connection to the events of the first Alien film, addressing how the Engineer ship ended up crash-landing on LV-426 with the xenomorph embryos on board that got all up in John Hurt's face, Scott answered:
"Yes, but 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… 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."
From this we learned that not only does Scott refer to the original ship found in Alien as the Croissant (which coming from a man like Scott is kinda hilarious), but also that he's got big plans for franchise expansion, beyond what we had expected to be a mere trilogy of Prometheus films.
In the interview he hints at as many as four or more films in his new spin-off franchise, but does promise that at some point we'll return to the core of the Alien series, making a solid link between the two. These comments are a little at odds with ones he's made previously about the looseness of the connection between Prometheus and Alien, but hey it's Ridley Scott, master of self correction and not giving a shit about fans and critics so I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out.
Linking Back To Alien?
It would certainly be nice to have an opportunity to dive further into the mythology of the Alien/Prometheus series, with the introduction of the Engineers opening up a whole other can of worms which we'll see addressed in the upcoming sequel.
However, the existence of Blomkamp's Alien 5 does mean that this isn't such an urgent matter for Alien: Paradise Lost to address, so it makes sense that Scott would want to explore the story of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), David (Michael Fassbender) and the Engineers before returning to bring the story full circle back to Alien.
Hopefully this would mark the final tying together of a complete story with coherent mythology, but as Scott's work can be very hit and miss it looks like we're going to have to wait and see until Prometheus 2 - Alien Paradise Lost releases in May 2017.
Related: How Alien 5 & Prometheus 2 Could Finally Tie Together The Two Franchises; Director Ridley Scott Teases A Prometheus 2 Connection To Alien 5's Ellen Ripley; Prometheus 2 Gets An Official Title - Alien: Paradise Lost - And Will Introduce A New Crew