Ridley Scott is really jazzed about the Prometheus sequel, it would appear. While on the press tour for The Martian, the filmmaker has been speaking at length about his plans for the Prometheus follow-up, titled Alien: Paradise Lost, and we’ve learned quite a bit about what we can expect from Scott’s next directorial effort. We know that Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are back as David and Elizabeth, respectively, and we know that the story will find them setting a course for the Engineers’ home world, with the aim of finding out where they came from. And now, thanks to yet another new interview with Scott, we know that Fassbender and Rapace won’t be alone.
Speaking with Gregory Ellwood, Scott confirmed that filming begins in March and revealed that Alien: Paradise Lost will feature a new group of travelers—at least at first:
“It’s going to be it’s own separate thing because they 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 travelers in the beginning of the first act.”
This is a curious development, and I’ll be interested to see how this new group comes into play. Are they there to rescue the original Prometheus crew? What happens when they find out nearly everyone is dead? How do Shaw and David convince them to journey to the Engineers’ home world? Lots of questions that will (hopefully) be answered when the film finally hits theaters, though if they’re scientists, let’s hope they’re at least marginally smarter than the Prometheus dumb-dumbs.
Scott also briefly addressed the reported second sequel to Prometheus, as the filmmaker has recently been talking about how Alien: Paradise Lost and its follow-up will eventually connect with the proper Alien franchise, just in a roundabout way. Speaking with Ellwood, he’s confident that film will also happen:
“There is an evolution to this one so if we can get something down I don’t not see how we go [forward without a third].”
Scott has a penchant for working quickly so who knows, maybe he’ll eventually direct that sequel too. For now, coming off the smashing success of The Martian, we’ve got Paradise Lost to look forward to. The film is slated for release on May 30, 2017.