There’s probably been more discussion of Prometheus 2 in the last two weeks than in the last three years combined. So after several reveals including a February start date for the sequel, the return of Michael Fassbender, and the possibility of two or three more Prometheus movies to come, director Ridley Scott upped the ante yesterday when he announced that Prometheus 2 now has a very different title. Prometheus may have had a tacit connection to the Alien universe of films in the past, but by announcing that Prometheus 2 will be called Alien: Paradise Lost, Scott is sending a signal that his next project is going to be that much more connected to his 1979 classic.
So, Alien Paradise Lost, huh? That’s what Sir Ridley says (and said to HeyUGuys via /Film), and yes there is a direct reference back to the John Milton poem of the same name. Milton’s Paradise Lost was a retelling of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden after eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge at the insistence of Satan. “It sounds intellectual, but there’s a similarity to it, that’s where it stops,” Scott said in an interview about his new film, The Martian. Check out the video below:
Scott went further in talking about the title change – but not too far – while on the red carpet for The Martian‘s premiere. “Well, because we’re heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented,” Scott told HeyUGuys (via ComicBookMovie) last night. “We’ll go back into the back door of the very first Alien that I did thirty years ago.”
Here’s the video:
Presumably, the title will have no impact on the alleged plotline of the film, which finds Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David (Fassbender) going out into the galaxy to locate the Engineers, the source of life on Earth and, perhaps, the source of its destruction. The real question is how this will impact, if at all, Neill Blomkamp‘s currently-in-pre-production continuation of the Alien franchise that was announced earlier this year? Is Fox’s perhaps trying to give these films a kind of “extended universe” label, or are they just reaching for the obvious marketing appeal? I guess we’ll find out.
Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost will be in theaters everywhere in 2017.