Ridley Scott to Next Direct PROMETHEUS Sequel for March 4, 2016 Release; Filming Will Begin This Fall [Updated]

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When 20th Century Fox announced a glut of release dates last week, buried among the many superhero sequels and team-ups was an Untitled Ridley Scott Project dated for March 2016.  Scott has a number of projects on his plate at the moment, but many wondered whether this untitled project might be the Blade Runner sequel that’s been heating up over the past year, or maybe even the promised Prometheus 2.  Well it appears that the mystery has been solved, as The Wrap reports that the untitled project is indeed a Prometheus sequel.  Moreover, a new writer has been brought onboard and Scott is now eyeing a fall production start-date for the pic.  More after the jump.

[Update: Variety confirms that a new writer has been hired for Prometheus 2, but notes that it's unclear whether Scott will direct and that the film is still undated.  The Wrap's reporter doesn't appear to be disputing Variety's claims, so it's possible the initial story jumped the gun a bit. Hopefully more will be clear soon, but our original story follows after the jump.]

prometheus-2-ridley-scott-michael-fassbenderPer The Wrap, Michael Green has been enlisted to rewrite the screenplay for the untitled Prometheus sequel, which is now in first position as Scott’s next project.  After Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof made it clear that he wouldn’t be returning to pen the follow-up, Jack Paglen (Transcendence) was brought onboard to write the script.  Green most recently worked with Scott on the new Blade Runner film, and now he’s been brought in to beef up the script in anticipation of a March 4, 2016 release date.

While it was unclear whether Scott would even direct the proposed Prometheus sequel, let alone whether the project would even happen, The Wrap’s report says the filmmaker will direct the follow-up with a scheduled production start-date this fall, after he completes post-production on his Moses epic ExodusPrometheus was certainly a success at the box office with over $400 million worldwide—especially for an R-rated thriller—but it was also very expensive, so there had been some uncertainty surrounding the follow-up.  Regardless, Fox appears to be quite bullish on the property.

Story details for the untitled Prometheus sequel are under wraps, but Green’s script is said to be more “Alien-y” than the 2012 film and in line with the same horror tone of the previous films.  Moreover, it is said to feature multiple David androids, who was played by Michael Fassbender in the first picture.  One surmises both Fassbender and Noomi Rapace will return.

Around the release of Prometheus, Scott was pretty open about where a proposed follow-up would go.  The ending of Prometheus saw Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and a body-less David (Fassbender) as the sole survivors of their mission, setting out to discover where the Engineers originated.  Per Scott’s previous comments, the Prometheus follow-up would take place on the Engineers’ home planet, which he envisions as “extremely sinister and ominous.”  It’s entirely possible that Scott’s plans for the sequel have changed since then, but for a full, possibly spoilery rundown of Prometheus 2 courtesy of Scott himself, click here.

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  • Lance

    YES YES YES!!!

    All you Prometheus haters are going to get SCHOOLED when the new film drops! Prepare to eat humble pie when the answers are all revealed. And learn to recognize film mastery when you see it.

    • Jan

      Apparently, the announcement of a production date equals a good sequel and lots of answers that the previous installment posed.

      • MJ

        Yes, I agree. This one will answer the questions and be very good.

        Well said!

    • GrimReaper07

      A movie shouldn’t need a sequel for it to make sense. I didn’t hate Prometheus, but it was pretty dumb and there was nothing special about it other than the gorgeous cinematography. The trailer was better than the movie.

      • Lance

        Did you think Fellowship of the Ring sucked because the Fellowship didn’t defeat Sauron by the end of the first movie, too?

      • GrimReaper07

        The Fellowship of the Ring is a coherent movie that even though doesn’t finish the story, stands on its own. And the main characters aren’t retarded.

      • Frank

        Yet it’s a god awful slog to sit through. And Jackson keeps coming up with extended cuts to it all the time. Promtheus at least is better than those Alien Vs. Predator movies.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        What? Fellowship sucked??
        Dude…

      • Frank

        Some cutting should have happened.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        I agree. More orcs and Uruk Hai should have been cut to pieces. :D

      • MJ

        Seriously, how do you debate with someone who claims FOTR was a bad movie. That’s like trying to have a discussion with someone who complains about the Statue of the Liberty or chocolate.

      • Frank

        What I’m sorry I didn’t like it have a problem with it. It’s a decent movie, just too long.

      • Frank

        What I’m sorry I didn’t like it have a problem with it. It’s a decent movie, just too long.

      • MJ

        Seriously, how do you debate with someone who claims FOTR was a bad movie. That’s like trying to have a discussion with someone who complains about the Statue of the Liberty or chocolate.

      • GrimReaper07

        So Prometheus is better than FOTR? Wow

      • BigJimSlade

        Fellowship didn’t suck.
        Fellowship explains the story – the sequels continue it.
        What does Fellowship have to do with Prometheus?

        Were you this excited before the second Matrix movie, too?

      • Lance

        The first Matrix movie was designed to stand alone, the sequels were an afterthought and not nearly as well thought out.

        Prometheus was meant to be the first part of a two or three movie series from the beginning.

        And what does The Matrix have to do with Prometheus?

        Were you this pessimistic before The Dark Knight, too?

      • MJ

        If you saw Fellowship without and knowledge of the sequels or novels, then this point by Lance is completely correct.

    • axalon

      Such confidence. Although I do hope it turns out well.

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      You seem to think you won something by bragging that answers from the first one will be answered int he second one. What is it you think you proved?

      • BigJimSlade

        How adorable. The movie hasn’t even been made yet and this guy is apparently a cheerleader for it.

        The movie already is knee deep in a failure it can’t write itself out of; the Alien movies didn’t need an explanation for the origin of the xenomorph, let alone an explanation of the origins of our species, too.

        Don’t get too excited, Lance. It’s just a bad movie about goo.

      • MJ

        Whatever, troll.

    • YodaRocks

      Wow! Such Blindfaith. Much Cult.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        WhatchootalkinboutYoda?

      • YodaRocks

        Doge, the language, I speak. Much fun, it is.

    • Jack le Critic

      They can reveal all the answers they like, it still won’t excuse the terrible writing in the first movie. The less they refer to Prometheus, the better…

    • Jack le Critic

      Oh dear.

    • ChristianLyons

      Triple H will destroy Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX!

    • ChristianLyons

      Triple H will destroy Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXX!

  • AdeoAdversary

    sweet, thought the first one was awesome, very ambitious sci-fi pic; you had to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself but it made you think, very different from most of the hollywood garbage.

    • Marko Sobol

      Effects were good but story was subpar. How is that not Hollywood garbage?

  • 80sRobot

    Yeah the movie’s plot had holes, especially in regards to the human characters, but it was a sight to behold. I look forward to the sequel.

  • 80sRobot

    Why did people speculate that it could have been the Bladerunner sequel? Warner Bros. owns that, not Fox.

  • 80sRobot

    To those who are still confused by Prometheus: Very simply, the Engineers comprise of two factions — the religious and the military classes.

    The religious ones believe that they must spread their DNA across the universe to seed life on other planets. The military ones absolutely do not — whenever they find intelligent life on a planet created by the religious faction, they dose it with the black oil, which acts as an insecticide/weed killer that messes up the DNA of the intelligent life and eventually causes it to self-destruct.

    • HORSEFLESH

      Except that wasn’t in the film. Both so-called ‘factions’ had black goo that messes up DNA.

  • Seanpb

    Re-reading the article discussing the potential direction of a Prometheus sequel I was reminded by the debate surrounding the engineers’ decision to wipe us out.

    Why not keep it ambiguous? The engineers decided that after a certain period of time it was time for a virus to end the experiment. That’s all we, human beings, were intended to be: an experiment. It had run its course and they’d determined as such, so they cleanse the earth and start another one.

    I’ve always considered that to be a quite powerful statement: we think we’re so important and deserve a chance to change our ways, but the engineers look at it quite differently; quite dispassionately. Simply, we’re not that important. We’re a small speck in the grand scheme of things, overstating our role in the universe, at the mercy of a far more powerful race etc.

    • Chad

      I thought the Engineers’ decision to wipe us out was made pretty clear. Jesus was an Engineer, and humans crucified him. Hence, the reference to the event happening around “2000 years ago.”

      Which makes it even more silly.

      • Seanpb

        Yeah, obviously, but I’d have liked all that stuff to be far less specific is all. Don’t bring that sort of stuff into it at all.

      • mbmarquis69

        I like your version. Unfortunately, I think Scott may want to go the Jesus route.

    • The Destroyer

      I completely agree with you. That’s how I interpreted it when I saw the movie. And I loved the movie, but my friend beside me didn’t understand it and hated it, but after I explained things to her, she watched it again and understood it.

  • jk

    As long as Damon Lindelof is no where near the script, I’ll go see this.

    • HORSEFLESH

      Ridley Scott is, which is worse.

    • Strong Enough

      Don’t blame Damon. Blame ridley for his stupid story ideas he had damon follow

      • Jack le Critic

        No blame Damon, at least Ridley provided sumptuous visuals. Lindelof gave us a sub-Lost script.

      • Strong Enough

        Damon was following orders. you don’t blame a soldier for a lost war. you blame the general.

      • Jack le Critic

        were the orders to write a crap screenplay? I don’t think so

      • Strong Enough

        No the orders were to follow Ridley and his stupid story ideas

    • asharpman

      Damon Lindelof is good. He made Jon Spaights’ early draft of Prometheus ten times better.

  • Lovecraftlives

    Listen everyone, maybe after this, we might get Alien Earth War, based on the Aliens trilogy comics. We can hope.

  • Strong Enough

    blade runner is owned by Warners not Fox

  • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball somejackball

    YES YES YES!!

  • yrulaughing

    Perhaps this time Shaw will demonstrate competence in running away from falling objects (hint: you run out of the way, not in the same direction)

    • Peter Vallance

      Watch the scene again, they DID turn to the left, whilst trying to avoid crashing debris, one of the biggest misconceptions there is about the film, see here:
      http://s1291.photobucket.com/user/dominicd_imdb/media/Prometheus_AC_CrashRun_zps359bae41.mp4.html

      How so many missed that is the biggest mystery of all.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Actually the greater mystery is how Shaw was able to run so fast despite having her stomach stapled just minutes earlier.

    • mbmarquis69

      I’d say Shaw figured out that rolling was the way to survive the crash of a ginormous spacecraft. If only Vickers had figured that out.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    David: Big things have small beginnings.
    Me: I can’t wait for the “big things” sequel!

  • MJ

    This is OUTSTANDING news !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marko Sobol

    Sequel? Oh boy, I’m so excited I will barely sleep tonight.

  • san telmo jack

    The first movie was laughably bad. Literally. The audience in my theatre was snickering at each bad line and ridiculous plot twist.

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  • The Destroyer

    Sweet, I thought that is was and interesting and exciting movie. I didn’t see “plot holes” just things kept intentionally ambiguous like was VIckers actually Weyland’s daughter, or was she an android too? But the whole being able to run around after the c-section thing was a bit nonsensical.

    I remember Scott saying that the sequel would be called Paradise, I wonder if that is still the case.

  • Jack le Critic

    We were conned first time round after THAT amazing trailer…this time there needs to be phenomenal word of mouth to prise me away from waiting to download this from Kickass torrents.

  • Redjester

    Did Prometheus have its flaws? Yes. Was it a little too “goddy” for my tastes? Most certainly! Am I still excited to see this story arc completed? Hell yes!

  • Jack le Critic

    I’d wish they’d made the film the trailer promised.

  • brett

    I loved Prometheus, despite hating Lindelof. Can’t wait for the sequel!

    • Guest

      I liked Prometheus and I like Lindelof.

  • brett

    I loved Prometheus, despite hating Lindelof. Can’t wait for the sequel!

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  • Craig

    I dont want it more alien-y I want it just like the 1st one with hints of aliens, but I still want them to be on their quest an maybe find people that are more human-y but very different, aliens dont have to be fantasy type creatures all the time, they could be humans too.

  • Craig

    I dont want it more alien-y I want it just like the 1st one with hints of aliens, but I still want them to be on their quest an maybe find people that are more human-y but very different, aliens dont have to be fantasy type creatures all the time, they could be humans too.

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  • Matty

    It’s easy to nitpick any movie but Prometheus got a lot of it. It was an enjoyable movie with a couple small problems. I’m really looking forward to the sequel. I hope Idris Elba’s character somehow survived that crash and will be in the sequel. Maybe he was an android! Who knows!

  • san telmo jack

    It only makes sense to people too stupid to actually THINK about what is going on.

  • bromethius

    i’ll just post this. Someone else summed it up much better than I could.

    Weyland wanted to live forever, or at the very least have his life extended by a great deal. So he hears about this theory that the two main scientists have, which states that man was created by an advanced species and they think said species left a set of directions to contact them once humans became advanced enough to figure it out.

    He assembles a multi billion dollar mission risking everything from his life, his company, his daughter, his prodigal son all on the idea that these two scientists are right. At this point in the film all that he has to go on is the scientists theory. Not a single bit of which would lead him to conclude that he should hire a crew of incompetents.

    So he spends billions upon billions of his companies money to fund this expedition, fakes his own death because… well who fucking knows why.

    They get to the planet and what does he do? He allows these so called incompetents to conduct their initial research, if he just wanted a bunch of B movie slasher flick idiots then why even bother allowing them to do that?

    In fact he only resorts to endangering their lives when their research turns up nothing helpful, he instructs his prodigal son to infect one of the crew to see what happens only when they all become redundant, if his plan all along was to just use them as cannon fodder then he would never have humoured them in the first place.

    Keep in mind that all of this is happening while he is in cryo sleep, we have no reason to believe that he is about to croak so long as he is in that tube, hell the Aliens franchise pretty much shows that you can remain in them for decades without it having any adverse effects.

    The point at which he is woken up only comes after the prodigal son has decoded the Engineers controls and found the last Engineer in its own stasis pod, which was completely independent from the story revolving around the scientists. They could have literally been removed from the film and David would still have come across the Engineer in stasis, so the entire aspect of them being there serves only a single purpose… to pad out the film with their deaths.

    On a side note about them being incompetent cannon fodder, why would David the prodigal son risk his own life to save the main scientist when she gets caught in the storm? According to your theory this would be a massive risk without any reward… the only reason to save her would be if Weyland valued the scientists contributions beyond being cannon fodder.

    No… the characters acted like idiots because the writers did a half arsed job with them and the plot in general.

    From the terrible motivations of the characters, the ridiculously laughable decisions they make such as trying to pet a hissing snake monster that just rose up out of a pit of black hell when that very character shit themselves at the sight of a 2000 year old dead humanoid alien earlier in the film, the guy with a literal map of the entire ship strapped to his arm getting lost etc.

    The terrible science from 100% DNA matches between two blatantly different species, the painfully executed attempt at a revelation when Therons character is revealed to be Weylands daughter. The incompetent foreshadowing of the crews treatment of david to the Engineers treatment of humans. The inexplicable reason that Weyland faked his death, the guy who literally sees an alien life form crawling around in his eye and decides to just ignore it instead of even giving himself a cursory once over in the super duper advanced automated medical machine that he himself saw and talked about earlier in the film… the crew deciding on a whim to sit and die alongside their captain without the film giving you any build up or indication that they had some sort of loyalty to him that would warrant that. Or indeed the now infamous rolling death scene that manages to make Austin Powers steam roller scene look serious in comparison.

    The film was excellent in its visuals and general atmosphere, actors like Fassbender did well with very little to work with… but lets not make up wild theories trying to excuse the rest of the film. Let us just accept that it was a poorly thought out film that in no way lived up to what it should have given its budget, its cast and its director.

  • The Destroyer

    I agree, there is a difference between plot holes, and the movie not spelling things out. The movie chose to leave things ambiguous so that audiences would have to think, but instead they didn’t want to and called it a bad movie.

  • Lance

    You are wrong. This analysis is so wrong. Like Weyland, you misunderstood what was happening because it fit your own purpose to do so. But let’s be fair: you’re not alone amongst the internet movie griper community. I don’t think you’re in the majority, but there’s a few of you, at least.

    That’s why I’m so happy to see the sequel being made. My hope is that it forever shoots down the claims that no one knew what they were doing when they made the first movie, when really the person making the claims wasn’t paying enough attention. Maybe they even deliberately went in wanting to find fault with the movie. Or maybe they went in having their own very specific vision for the movie they were disappointed no to see, so they decided they had to hate it.

    But all this “Prometheus is stupid” is like when people claimed “Raiders of the Lost Ark is too noisy and confusing,” or “Aliens is just too weird and there’s all this stuff going on,” or “Can’t make sense of this Game of Thrones show.” Look up the reviews, people supposedly knowledgable about movies and tv actually said things like this. The problem really lay in them, though, not the material they were criticising. The same is true of overly harsh and simplistic Prometheus critics.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Also for them acting dumb: they are human too. Haters will be scared shitless when in a dark, ominous, thousand-years-old spaceship with a bunch of alien carcasses! Also, you are a biologist, watching the first alien lifeform known to man… come on you would also be fascinated!

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Also for them acting dumb: they are human too. Haters will be scared shitless when in a dark, ominous, thousand-years-old spaceship with a bunch of alien carcasses! Also, you are a biologist, watching the first alien lifeform known to man… come on you would also be fascinated!

  • Strong Enough

    Hey i’m not the one complaining. I liked Prometheus. It wasn’t perfect and had some problems but blame Ridley not Damon.

  • Craig

    perfectly explained, eveyone wants to know everything an dismiss the whole movie for not wanting to think when they dont get what they want

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