Talking about Prometheus 2 a while back, director Ridley Scott indicated that, though set in the same universe as his 1979 classic Alien, the new film will not feature the iconic xenomorphs. While we were disappointed to hear that we won’t be seeing one of the most terrifying creatures in cinema history, that doesn’t mean there won’t be all kinds of nasty beasts to contend with, and Scott has some big, terrifying changes in mind.
A while back, talking about the various drafts of the scripts, Scott said that, “there’s only so much snarling you can do,” and that he intends to introduce something new and “interesting.” He left it at that for the time, but recently, speaking to The Australian, he had more specific things to add to the conversation:
“[Prometheus 2 is] fresh” and “getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I’m going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons.” Rather than a dragon, Scott describes his original Alien as “the definitive dragon and he’s a motherf . . ker. The alien’s real which is why it’s probably one of the scariest monsters in film history,” Scott says. “So with Prometheus 2 what I’m trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act.” The Prometheus “baby” alien was, he concedes, “awfully close to the alien” that tormented Sigourney Weaver. His next one promises to be very different.
That’s admittedly kind of a messy jumble, but you get the point, he wants to go in a very different direction. He goes on to say that in Prometheus 2 a “fresher form of alien in the third act” will show up to torment Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s android David. I’m also not entirely sure what his problem with dragons is, but what the hell, he’s earned the benefit of the doubt, he can hate dragons if he wants.
I like Prometheus far more than a lot of people out there. It has huge flaws, especially when it comes to characters making horrible choices at every opportunity, but I still enjoy it quite a bit, especially the ominous mood and tone Scott establishes. He’s a master in that regard. That said, there’s also a great deal of room to improve and develop, and hopefully one of the many iterations of the script includes characters with better decision-making skills.
Nothing is official in regards to Prometheus 2 yet, but there it’s supposedly lined up to shoot sometime in 2015, after Scott directs The Martian, which will begin filming later this year. There is even a tentative release date scheduled for March 4, 2016. That, of course, is subject to change, but that’s the rough timeline we’re working with here.
What do you think, are you excited to see Scott take no new creatures, or would you like to see him trot out the xenomorphs one more time? Are you even interested in Prometheus 2 at all?