As you may know by now, Ridley Scott is bringing the world a sequel to Prometheus. You probably also know that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is developing another Alien movie. Yet, while there has been no shortage of whispers and rumours, there’s simply not much known about how the Prometheus franchise will end up tying in with Alien.
Although some we’re unhappy with how detached it felt from its mother franchise, Prometheus nevertheless is a prequel of sorts, so when will it catch up to Alien? According to Scott, not for a while.
“Prometheus has its own story to tell before it eventually ties into the movie that started it all…it won’t be in the next one,” Scott told German movie site FilmFutter.
“It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise.”
Prometheus 2 will be Scott’s next film, another sci-fi entry following his Matt Damon-starring The Martian. While Prometheus received a mixed reception, especially from Alien fans expecting it to tie in more solidly to the 1979 masterpiece, it raked in over $403 million worldwide, thus ensuring a new franchise was born.
What made Scott’s original Alien so good, apart from the pitch-perfect direction, score, visuals, and overall tension, was the mystery behind the titular creature; it simply was, and that’s what added to the horror. So expect more mixed reactions at the news that there’s going to be a whole lot of explaining coming our way.
“The whole point of [the Prometheus franchise] is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself,” Scott explained.
“I always thought of the Alien as a kind of piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these biomechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.”
While we’re not completely against the idea of learning a bit more about the xenomorph and, perhaps, a little more about those Engineers, Prometheus felt a little too detached from the Alien world, leaving many happy with it simply teasing a connection. Either way, it looks as though we’ll be getting a few more Prometheus films before the connection is solidified. Fingers crossed it all comes together nicely.
Prometheus 2 currently has a working U.S. release date of May 30, 2017, and Blomkamp’s untitled Alien project is also expected be released in 2017.
- Ridley Scott quotes translated by The Playlist.