When the forthcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus got renamed from Prometheus 2 to Alien: Paradise Lost, we got a little nervous for the future of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5. Frankly, it seemed like bizarre brand confusion for both projects to be happening at the same time.
Well, it looks like we weren’t the only ones who thought that.
Blomkamp tweeted yesterday that Alien 5 had been placed on hold, and that he was moving on to other projects.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley
Alien 5 potentially would see both Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn return to the franchise, so it’s potential demise is kind of depressing for long time fans. Honestly, between Alien: Paradise Lost and Alien 5, Blomkamp’s sequel seemed like the more interesting film — and one day I hope to see it.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we briefly discuss the live action Attack on Titan movie, the forthcoming Back to the Future Doc Brown short film, a new Doctor Who spinoff called Class, Prometheus 2 getting a new name, a possible Men in Black reboot sans Will Smith, we let Nick talk about Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans), and the video game voice actors may end up striking.
Ridley Scott has revealed that Prometheus 2 is now officially titled Alien: Paradise Lost. While the Alien prequel is heading towards the original franchise, Scott says that he expects there to be at least two more installments after this before it catches up to the original.
Now Alien: Paradise Lost, of course, is not to be confused with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5. Frankly, things were already confusing enough for movie goers with the franchise being worked on from both directions. Now that the Prometheus end will have the Alien name, the situation will be even worse for casual viewers trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
But I guess if Ridley Scott was concerned with movie goers being able to figure out what the hell was going on, we wouldn’t have gotten Exodus: Gods and Kings.
“The beast is done. Cooked. 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 , 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.”
While the end of Prometheus (SPOILER ALERT AHEAD) featured the appearance of a xenomorph, it’s fairly clear that, for now, we won’t expect to see the little guys in the upcoming sequel or any other films that might follow. What can we expect? Scott has that answer.
“You’ll probably have to go with [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] and [Michael Fassbender’s android David] – without his head. Find out how he gets his head back on!”
So there you have it. Prometheus 2 is going to be a road comedy about a scientist and a headless android wandering the universe, getting into all sorts of wacky hijinks.
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