Buried in the profile of The Martian director Ridley Scott that appears in the September issue of Total Film magazine was this nugget about what might be his next film: “He begins shooting Prometheus 2 in January.”
The original Prometheus was a return to the world Scott first created with 1979’s Alien. It wasn’t a direct sequel or prequel, but it expanded the Alien mythology and left room for subsequent follow-ups to perhaps bridge the gaps between two franchises. Noomi Rapace played a scientist who travels to the interplanetary home of some extinct civilization that might be the answer to man’s own origins, only to discover that a familiar danger lurks. Michael Fassbender played the android whose own mission might differ from what his human handlers expect.
Scott expressed a renewed enthusiasm for the genre, which is reflected by his work on The Martian. “I’ve got back into the science-fiction thing,” he told the magazine. “I kind of adore it.” Hence, Denis Villeneuve’s in-the-works Blade Runner sequel, a new Alien sequel from Distict 9‘s Neill Blomkamp, and the previously mentioned Prometheus follow-up that Scott will direct himself. In August, he told EW, “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”
Back in March, there were also reports that Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green was rewriting a Prometheus 2 script that featured more aliens and more android Fassbenders. But a source close to the project tells EW that despite those encouraging previous reports, the script is still being worked on and January might be an overly optimistic start-date. That said, it still could be Scott’s next movie and early 2016 is still a feasible goal.