Ridley Scott recently offered some updates for the hotly anticipated ‘Prometheus 2‘ sequel. Geeks have been discussing the much criticised ending of the first installment, and some feel that the unresolved nature of the space epic left much to be desired. The plot is still under wraps and we still have no answers to explain the abrupt ending that left Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David the android (Michael Fassbender) stranded on a god forsaken planet. “Prometheus” may have given the impression that Scott’s 1979 sci-fi “Alien” has received a surprise prequel while loosely piecing together the origins of the popular Xenomorph ‘Alien’. “Prometheus 2” writer Michael Green also mentioned earlier this year that we can expect a movie “more “alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise”, but Scott on the other hand says that the titular beasts are done for!
Scott told Yahoo Movies UK:
“The beast is done. Cooked,” he says simply. “I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four [he has conveniently forgotten the ‘AvP’ movies], I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
On some level I am extremely disappointed by the news, but at the same time I agreed that it’s time to let the beloved creature part ways. We have seen the Xenomorph reimagined so many times that it seems impossible to surprise diehard fans with something that will keep them captivated and entertained after 35 years since the first installment was released. Going straight to the source of creation, instead of focusing on the frightening creatures leaves more space for growth and expansion in an untapped universe filled with possibilities.
Scott also mentioned that he is very excited about the Prometheus sequel. He added:
“Right now, as we speak, it’s being written. I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that [‘Prometheus 2’] again because I really enjoyed doing ‘Prometheus’.
So we will definitely have an Engineers centric sequel without the beloved Xenomorphs, but with optimism comes a whole new Scott driven generation of movies filled with endless possibility and surprises. Besides, who knows what kind of creatures the Engineers are hiding on their planet(s)?
Of what we can expect from Prometheus 2, Scott says without giving away anything:
“You’ll probably have to go with Elizabeth Shaw and David – without his head. Find out how he gets his head back on!”
Ridley Scott will return as a producer but it’s unclear if he will take seat behind the lens. Production is set to start this fall after Scott is done with “Exodus”.
Any geeks out there excited about the expanding universe with Shaw taking on the Engineers and the questions of creation?