In spite of being greeted with very mixed reaction from critics and fans, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus took in a moderate $126 million domestically and just over $400 million worldwide. The film was clearly designed with a sequel in mind, and now Scott is dropping some hints about what the sequel film will look like if Twentieth Century Fox gives him the green light.
In an interview, Scott talks about the final moments of Prometheus and how that will lead into the next film with the sole survivors of the mission, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the severed head of the android David (Michael Fassbender). The British director also talks about the new planet the pair will reach when as the sequel opens.
“Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person [Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw] with a head in a bag [ Michael Fassbender’s David] that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous.” Scott added, “They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place. Who are the Engineers?”
Later in the interview, Scott confirms a future Blade Runner sequel but isn’t quite sure if actor Harrison Ford will be involved. Scott says, “It’s not a rumour – it’s happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live [laughs]. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage.”
As polarizing as Prometheus was, there are many people out there who are fans of the film and who want to see a sequel film (I’m one of them). It feels like what Ridley Scott was trying to explore in Prometheus was just the tip of the iceberg and a sequel could answer the questions doubters have while it expands the rich world of the Alien universe. As for a Blade Runner sequel, if Ridley Scott pulls the same thing he did in Prometheus with Blade Runner then it’s sure to polarize a new audience and a new generation. But remember, just because Ridley Scott made a mediocre prequel to Alien, it doesn’t mean Alien is a lesser movie. They can both exist on their own terms.