Ridley Scott is currently celebrating the global success of his latest epic, “The Martian,” but he’s also prepping another space voyage with the sequel to “Prometheus,” “Alien: Paradise Lost.”
Speaking to Scott last week about his 20th Century Fox blockbuster, the legendary filmmaker was quite open about his next project: the second installment of what will likely be a three-part prequel to his landmark 1979 classic, “Alien.” Scott, who still storyboards all of his films, is currently prepping for “Paradise Lost” and expects to call “action” sometime in March. The reported third chapter won’t be filmed back to back, but Scott notes, “There is an evolution to this one so if we can get something down I don’t not see how we go [forward without a third].”
It’s already been revealed the new film will pick up where “Prometheus” left off with Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and body-less David (Michael Fassbender) on an alien ship set for the engineers home world.
“Prometheus” had a much different aesthetic than “Alien” that had less to do with the 33 years between both films than Scott’s own unique vision of the story. We asked Scott if “Paradise Lost” would stick to the same look that he’d gone with for “Prometheus” and learned much more than we expected with his answer.
“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. It was a disaster,” Scott says. “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.”
Who those “new travelers” are is one of the new film’s biggest secrets. Are they part of a follow up mission from Weyland Corporation? Are they a military expedition? Or, could they be a lost commercial freighter akin to the Nostromo from the original “Alien”? Could this be part of the Ellen Ripley (aka Sigourney Weaver) connection Scott teased in other interviews?
The “Gladiator” helmer didn’t divulge anymore “Paradise Lost” secrets during our conversation, but when casting news breaks over the next few months it will be clear the movie just isn’t an Elizabeth and David road trip to meet the Engineers.
“Alien: Paradise Lost” is currently set for a May 30, 2017 release.