Sir Ridley Scott dropped a bombshell yesterday, revealing that the upcoming “Prometheus” sequel had scored a new title – “Alien: Paradise Lost”.
This essentially indicated that the franchise would be diving right back into the “Alien” mythology rather than running away from it as the first film seemed to.
Scott has now elaborated on that title and the “Alien” connections further in an interview with Empire. First up, the name change:
“Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on – and I was looking at the dark side of the moon – would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word.
In a way it is Prometheus 2. It’s exactly the same story. But it was always in the works to be called that [Alien: Paradise Lost]. Is Prometheus actually taking us off course from where I’m going, which is actually backing into the first Alien… I’ve even got connections with Ripley [in this], but I’m not telling you what.”
There’s also the obvious question of Neill Blomkamp’s fifth “Alien” film which would serve as a direct sequel to “Aliens”. With Scott’s project now moving fast, there was concern Blomkamp’s film might fall by the wayside. That’s NOT the case says Scott:
“I’m producing it. The design is for it to go out next, after this. This will go out first. It’s more associated with Ripley, it’s a completely different angle, it’s more of a sequel. I’m coming in from the back end.”
Scott has also confirmed he’s bringing back the Xenomorph, saying: “I think I have to go again. We will see who made it, and why. That’s what’s interesting” and had a fun response to the question of whether Michael Fassbender would play a disembodied head throughout the film: “It’s going to be better than that. It’s a very nice big idea I’ve got. It’s really great. You’re going to have to wait.”
Production of “Alien: Paradise Lost” begins in February.