As Ridley Scott completes his work on the upcoming The Martian, reports are suggesting that Prometheus 2 could be his next project. The sequel would be the follow-up to his Alien prequel which saw Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender flying towards the Engineer’s homeworld in an attempt to find out why they want to destroy humanity. Earlier this month, it was being reported that Scott would actual begin filming the movie next January, although it wasn’t clear how this might affect production for Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien 5.
Now we are learning that Prometheus 2 could have a huge affect on the production of the next Alien movie. More on this story below.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Fox is still keen on Blomkamp’s Alien 5, and that Scott is still on board as producer. However it seems like Prometheus 2 is taking precedence, forcing Alien 5 to be put on hold.
Here’s what the site’s sources tell them:
“Alien 5 is still very much in the works, as Fox remains hot on the idea. Blomkamp continues to work on the script (only an outline existed previously) and refine the tale he is telling. Ridley Scott is still producing, but has insisted on Prometheus 2 being made first.”
While Scott has his mark on the Alien franchise, it only makes sense that he has more priority on Prometheus 2 since he is directing it, as opposed to Alien 5, where he is taking a back seat.
Now don’t think that because it is being pushed back that this is a bad thing for Blomkamp. While the director debuted with the highly praised District 9, he is coming off a string of critically panned films, and the delay could give him the chance to perfect the script as well as work out concepts.
As we have previously reported, Blomkamp’s Alien 5 won’t undo the Alien canon set up by Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection. And as his Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn’s likenesses concept art suggested, Alien 5 would take place in between the events of Aliens and Alien 3, although that has yet to be confirmed.
During the Chappie press junket, Weaver said that when Blomkamp brought the idea of Alien 5 to her, he pitched it as a film that would be a “genetic sibling”:
“I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens, so it’s Alien, Aliens, and then this film.”
While Scott has always been attached to numerous projects like Blade Runner 2, and was most recently attached to the El Chapo drama The Cartel, the report seems to support that Prometheus 2 will indeed be the director’s next project after The Martian.
[Source: Bloody Disgusting]