Ever since the word out on The Martian has been overwhelmingly positive, we’ve been hearing a ton of new details on Scott’s next film, the Prometheus sequel. The biggest being that it will in fact tie-in to the Alien movies, although Scott has said otherwise in the past. Now that that’s out of the way, we’re starting to get actual details about Alien: Paradise Lost.
When the closing moments of Prometheus went down, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender’s characters were shot into space in hopes of finding the Engineers’ home world for some answers. But when it comes time for Scott to begin shooting Paradise Lost, he plans on adding a few new passengers for the trip.
“It’s going to be its 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. 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.”
Although it’s not a complete surprise to hear that Rapace and Fassbender won’t be the only ones finding the Engineers’ planet, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t hoping for it. I was intrigued by the idea of those two characters being the only human interaction we see in the film, as they search for the home world of man’s creator. But at the same time, I completely understand why this is the case. It’s not only the chance to add more talent, but also the chance to open up the story and plot points to a much bigger scale. Now whether that’s a good thing, only time will tell.
I didn’t love Prometheus, I just liked it enough. But for some reason, I really wanted to see what came next. I was interested in this whole ‘Engineer universe’ created outside of the Alien world. Now at that time, I was one way or the other on a day-to-day basis as far as being excited for more Prometheus films, solely because Ridley Scott was on my poo list of directors. But after witnessing the accomplishments of The Martian, I am surprisingly really looking forward to seeing what Scott does next. It is just one movie following years of disappointments, but it’s a very big bright spot and hopefully it will lead to a string of successes for Scott, starting with Alien: Paradise Lost.
P.S., could this possibly be the Ripley connection Scott has mentioned before? Could we see a Ripley siting or some kind of tie-in with this “new group of travelers” talked about? Just a thought…
Alien: Paradise Lost has a May 30th, 2017 release. Directed by Ridley Scott starring Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace.