With each passing day, Ridley Scott provides another morsel of info about the suddenly expansive “Alien” movie universe, and what’s coming down the line. We already have a title for the “Prometheus” sequel — “Alien: Paradise Lost” — and we know that it’s first down the pipeline, with Blomkamp’s effort to follow, which Scott will be producing. But it seems both movies are coming to us much faster than anticipated. The rumor thus far was that “Alien: Paradise Lost” would drop in 2017, with “Alien: Blomkamp-ed” coming in 2018, but you might want to move those timelines forward.
“I’m actually going to be working again with Michael Fassbender in February on ‘Prometheus 2.’ It’s written, so I’m not chugging along and trying to work out where we’re going to do it,” he told The Daily Beast. “With something like that, it’s six-month prep. We’re going to call it ‘Alien: Paradise Lost.’ We’re getting closer and closer to the creation of the beasts — how and why they were created — and the first Alien film that I made over thirty years ago. And we have Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien,’ which will be out in 2017. We just have the first [screenplay] draft in so far but it looks pretty good.”
So, this means that we’re either getting ‘Paradise Lost’ at the end of 2016 (which is not impossible given how fast Scott works, and he seems to be well prepared for the sequel already) or maybe even two “Alien” movies in 2017, which would be sort of bonkers.
Meanwhile, Scott revealed that a new crew of explorers will be featured in ‘Paradise Lost,’ joining Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender. “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,” Scott told Collider. “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.”
I’ll be curious how Rapace manages to continue her space journey elsewhere in the galaxy after things went horribly wrong the first time out. Maybe she’ll go rogue? I don’t expect any company is going to trust her with a craft and crew all over again. Do you have any ideas? Share ’em in the comments section below.