In Ridley Scott’s 2012 Prometheus it was revealed that the race of Engineers were behind the creation of mankind, and was also planning its extinction.
I think the majority of us assumed that these Engineers, being “Gods” and all, also created the Xenomorphs, which first made an appearance in Scott’s 1979 Alien. In fact, Prometheus ends with an Engineer “birthing” a Xenomorph-esque creature before cutting to the end credits.
I thought it was pretty clear. I guess not?
The Alien universe has hit peak confusing, with Neill Blomkamp’s sequel to Alien and Aliens postponed indefinitely, and Scott moving forward with his newly titled Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost.
As we’ve stated multiple times in the past, Prometheus was originally to be a one-shot sci-fi film that would bridge directly into Alien and explain how the Engineer ship ending up destroyed and decayed in Alien.
Damon Lindelof expanded the universe, turning Prometheus into a planned trilogy, only he left Scott and Fox with their pants down giving no plans for the next two sequels. Thus, the delay.
Anyways, in a new interview, Scott drops a really strange bomb.
“Prometheus 2 [Alien: Paradise Lost] will start getting shot in February and I’ve already begun now so I know what the script is,” says Scott. “Then there will be another one after that and then maybe we’ll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?”
Okay, so, what Scott is saying here is essentially what we’ve been saying all along – Prometheus is now a trilogy, and that eventually he’s going to bridge that franchise into Alien.
But what I find strange is the question, “Who would make such a dreadful thing?” What does he mean? I thought the Engineers created the black ooze that morphs DNA into various lifeforms – one being the destroyer known as a Xenomorph?
I’m intrigued by this new proclamation that injects an air of fresh mystery into the franchise that was sort of feeling a bit, I don’t know, unnecessary and gluttonous?
What do you guys think? There’s a lot here to digest.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation‘s Rebecca Ferguson is allegedly in talks to join Ridley Scott’s Alien: Paradise Lost, in theaters May 30, 2017.