Prometheus will get three sequels before syncing with Alien, Ridely Scott confirms (Wired UK)


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Head’s up, fans of complicated sci-fi chronology: director Ridley Scott has confirmed that there will now be three sequels to 2012’s Prometheus, which was itself a prequel to 1979’s original Alien, before the storylines meet up somewhere in the middle.

Scott made the announcement at a press conference in Sydney, where he is about to begin production on Alien: Covenant, the first of the three (or second of the four, depending on how you count). It was previously known as Alien: Paradise Lost, after Milton’s epic poem, but at this point it might be easier to just think of it as Alien -3.

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Whatever you call it, the next film will follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover what they believe to be a paradise world. In reality, it is a perilous planet with a population of one — David, the sinister android played by Michael Fassbender in the previous movie. The fate of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), last seen escaping the lethal moon LV-223 with David’s severed head in a duffel bag at the end of Prometheus, is currently unknown, although she was intent on finding the homeworld of the Engineers.

“It’s a very complex story. It’s an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus. [That film] was borne out of my frustration [after] Alien in 1979,” Scott said. “I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the three that followed, no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of the first Prometheus, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”

“Going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first [Prometheus], we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve, ” Scott continued. “When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one, which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979. In other words, why was this Space Jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? Those questions will be answered.”

Production on Alien: Covenant has superceded developments at the other end of the Alien universe’s timeline. Scott’s trilogy (tetralogy?) is now distributor 20th Century Fox’s prime concern, knocking Chappie director Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien 5 back. Blomkamp confirmed on Twitter that “Alien is kinda holding/pending Prometheus 2.”

Covenant begins shooting in Australia in Februrary. It currently lacks a release window.

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27 November 2015 | 2:43 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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