While speaking with Deadline in an extensive interview about the director’s career, Ridley Scott, spoke briefly about his plans for the yet untitled Prometheus sequel.
The main point being that Michael Fassbender will indeed be apart of the sequel’s cast, something that had been confirmed ages ago via his original contract that included options for sequels, along with co-star Noomi Rapace. However, it’s nice to hear it directly from Ridley and it can finally shut-up naysayers that the project is even happening. When asked about Michael’s return, Ridley responded with “Oh, yes”.
The Wrap had mentioned previously that multiple Davids would be involved in the film, which to me suggested even back then a strong workload for Fassbender.
Trades had reported that the project could begin production as early as fall or winter, with this new information, it suggests that once Fassbender wraps on Assassin’s Creed, he’ll start prep-work/shooting on Prometheus 2.
Here’s what Scott also had to say about the film’s secretive plot.
“You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as she says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don’t think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it.”
“That raises the question to me, same as was depicted in 2001 when that object comes hurtling through space, and lands in Ethiopia. And an ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it. He has a bigger thought injected into his brain than Newton got sitting under a tree and seeing an apple fall. Stanley then picks something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the anteater so they can eat him. That is one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution; that is where the world begins. It is pretty grand thinking, and that’s what I want to explore. You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where’s the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don’t know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang.”
Are you excited for more of Fassbender’s psychotic android David?
There had been reports/speculation that Prometheus 2‘s production would in some way halt or delay Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, which I’m told is not the case as the film doesn’t even have a shooting script. Scott’s film had always been the priority as a script was in place, even before Blomkamp made his deal earlier this year.
Although, it is true that Alien 5 had to undergo a few plot changes due to what happens in Ridley’s film. Chatter also suggests that the production for Alien 5 could be taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
It’s crazy to think we’ll be getting two films set in the Alien universe within the next three years, even more so the return of Ellen Ripley.