In the past few days, there’s been a lot of confusion about the planned sequel to Ridley Scott’s 2012 quasi-sorta-sideways Alien prequel, Prometheus, and most of it stemmed from things the director has said.
First, Scott, while promoting his latest film The Martian, told German movie site Film Futter that the Prometheus series will eventually get around to explaining the origins of the Alien universe, but it won’t be in the upcoming sequel. The real Alien origin, according to Scott, won’t be until Prometheus 3… or maybe even Prometheus 4. The ambitious plans came as a bit of a shock because while Prometheus managed to earn over $400 million globally, the film was met with a tepid reaction from fans, at one time casting even one sequel — nevermind a third and fourth film — into question.
So all of this was surprising, but clear: Scott has big plans for the franchise. Great! That’s understood, but what he then told Hey U Guys about Prometheus 2 muddies things a bit. When asked about the Prometheus series connecting to Alien, Scott said, “Well, actually, really it’s going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost. So Prometheus 2 is not really going to be. It’s going to be Alien: Paradise Lost.”
So what Scott must have failed to mention to Film Futter was that the Prometheus series won’t connect to Alien until the third or fourth movie… unless we’re talking about the title of the second because that has the word “alien” in it.
In the last few years, Scott has seen an explosion in development of sequels for his previous films. In addition to Alien: Paradise Lost, which is currently slated for a 2017 release, the filmmaker is also involved in a Blade Runner sequel, which Denis Villeneuve will direct, and a potential Alien sequel from District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp.