Next month, Ridley Scott delivers his space adventure “The Martian” (read our review), and he’s in no rush to leave the sci-fi genre. While nothing official has come down yet from Fox, the director has already said that “Prometheus 2” will be his next picture, with rumors suggesting a 2017 release is in the works. There are many questions to be asked in terms of where the story will go next and who will return, and Scott is starting to fill those in.
Noomi Rapace is largely expected to reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw, and has already talked about meeting with Scott ages ago to talk about the follow-up, but what about Michael Fassbender‘s android David? He got decapitated in the original movie, though his head still remains functional, and early word suggested there would be “multiple Davids” in “Prometheus 2.” Whatever develops, Scott says Fassbender will return.
“Oh, yes…Fassbender will do this one with me, and it’s meant to start production in February. I’m in prep, now. I’ll either shoot in Aussie, or [Canada]” Scott told Deadline. As for the story, the filmmaker says the search for the Engineers will be the thrust of the narrative.
It certainly seems the themes have expanded greatly, and it’ll be interesting to see if these movies, which are supposed to be attached to the “Alien” series, will actually do so in any concrete way. As much as I’m a “Prometheus” defender, its ties to Scott’s landmark movie are tenuous at best, at least to me.
Meanwhile, the director also addressed the casting controversy he faced for “Exodus: Gods And Kings” by putting white actors in roles that, for the sake of historical accuracy, probably should’ve been played by a more ethnically diverse ensemble. And he doubled down on his previous comments where he argued that the movie would not have been made without major A-list talent.
“Some have said, isn’t Christ black? He could have been. It depends on what part of North Africa he comes from, but how do we know? The short sharp crude answer is, I couldn’t get a film like that mounted for that kind of budget—we were $145 million, not $260 million, so that wasn’t bad– but to make Moses black and his wife Ethiopian? They never would have made the movie,” he said.
That being said, one wonders how much the criticism stung considering “The Martian” is certainly a lot more diverse. That film opens on October 2nd. Watch the final trailer below.