Prometheus, “Guardians” Sequel Updates

Following numerous rumors, Ridley Scott has now officially confirmed that the sequel to “Prometheus” will be his immediate next film.

Speaking with Empire to promote this Fall’s release of his Matt Damon-led astronaut drama “The Martian,” both Damon and Scott confirmed that the latter is already well underway on getting the film ready to shoot.

Damon says: “Ridley was done with the movie [The Martian] about two weeks after we shot!” to which Scott followed up with: “I was already on to my next movie! I was starting to look for locations for my next movie, which is ‘Prometheus 2.'”

At last report the follow-up to the “Alien” franchise prequel will kick off filming in January and will be out in cinemas (likely Summer 2017) before Neill Blomkamp’s fifth “Alien” movie – a film which Scott will executive produce.

In news of another sequel, filmmaker James Gunn has confirmed on his Facebook page that actor Vin Diesel will return to reprise the role of Groot, the eight-foot-tall alien tree with a limited vocabulary in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at Marvel Studios.

Production on the next film is slated to begin early next year in Atlanta ahead of a May 2017 release.