Back in 2012, Prometheus got a fairly mixed reaction. This was mostly down the muddled script and weak characters – which are fair points for disliking a movie – but I enjoyed it nonetheless, and Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott had some great ideas. A big problem, however, was the fact that a sequel was completely necessary to fully understand the plot. It’s 2015, and we still haven’t got another one. Many began to wonder whether a second movie would ever materialise; Ridley Scott has been a busy man these past few years and still has plenty more projects he wants to complete. If you were one of those fans then fear not – judging from his comments during The Martian‘s press tour, I think he’s prety intent on making these movies.
Wait, movies? Plural?
Oh, hell yeah.
Chatting with German site FilmFutter, Scott revealed that he’s gonna make not one, not two, but three Prometheus sequels. Maybe (probably not).
“Yes (he will expand the Alien movies), but it will not be 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 is to explain the Alien franchise and how and why the creation of the aliens. 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.”
There’s certainly a lot of ground to cover, however I’d argue that it isn’t really necessary. Alien works fine as it is. We don’t need to find out how Weyland became the Weyland-Yutani Corporation or how the Xenomorph was created or whatever. The ideas raised in Prometheus about the origin of man and the universe are way cooler and I’d rather watch three more movies exploring that than building up to the original movie. Both paths are probably interlinked, but I’d rather they focus on the Engineer-y stuff.
Last we heard, Scott was framing Prometheus 2 as his next movie with an eye to start shooting early next year. The downside to this news is that it could delay Neil Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver; he wanted this sequel to come out before that sequel, but now there’s gonna be another… and another. You got confused reading that, right?
We’re gonna be getting a lot of Alien-centric content over the next few years.