Well, that didn’t last too long. Last week 20th Century Fox announced a rash of future dates going as far as 2018. The big eye-grabber was a trio of super hero films, “The Wolverine 2,” a sequel to “The Fantastic Four” even with the first movie yet to start shooting and an Untitled Marvel Mystery movie for summer 2018, which has still not been revealed.
Only a few steps behind in the curiosity factor was an unnamed project for March 2016. Fans asked: what could it be? “Blade Runner 2”? No, that’s at Alcon/Warner Brothers and not at Fox, so it’s out. “The Forever War” maybe? Something else? As we surmised, carving out dates that far in advance had to be for something big and our guess was “Prometheus 2.” And evidently that’s right on the money.
Scott’s project is a mystery no longer and confirmed to be the sequel to his “Alien” prequel from 2012 starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender. “Prometheus 2,” or whatever it will eventually be called, has also hired a new writer and apparently one that Scott likes. That would be Michael Green, who wrote the “Green Lantern” but was also hired to write Scott’s “Blade Runner” prequel/sequel/whatever it is in early 2013, so clearly he’s still in the director’s good graces (which does bode well for the “Blade Runner” sequel). He’s been tasked to rewrite the first draft of “Prometheus 2” penned by Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”).
Production is supposed to begin this fall according to The Wrap, after Scott is done with his Moses film “Exodus” starring Christian Bale which is due in theaters in December. The publication also reports that the film may feature “multiple Davids” the android character played by Michael Fassbender. “Prometheus 2” will star Rapace and Fassbender and no one in the original cast for reasons that should be spoilerishly obvious.