Ridley Scott’s plans for the new sequel/prequel have become Alien: Paradise Lost, which will join the other seven movies in the impossibly sprawling franchise.
In a recent interview, the Blade Runner director announced that he had three sequels to Alien forerunner Prometheus in the works, saying he hopes the final one would link back to the original 1986 film.
Confirming that Prometheus 2 was definitely in the works, Scott announced the title of the upcoming film to HeyUGuys: Alien: Paradise Lost.
This is a reference to the poem Paradise Lost by english-poet John Milton which detailed the biblical story of the Fall of Man after the temptation of Adam and Eve.
Speaking to German site Film Flutter earlier this week, the director said the link back to the Alien films: won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise.
“The whole point of it is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself. I always thought of the Alien as kind of a 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.”
Slightly contradictory, but we’ll forgive him. What this means for the upcoming Alien film to be directed by Neil Blomkamp is unknown but it has been reported that the second Prometheus film is likely to hit cinemas first.
Scott’s next film will be The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on mars. It hits cinemas 30 September.