It’s been less than a week since 20th Century Fox announced a name change for Ridley Scott’s follow up to Prometheus, which is being touted as the first “official” Alien prequel, Alien Covenant, which is currently in the pre-production stages. The movie will feature a new ship, The Covenant, and its crew stumbling across a planet believed to be a paradise, but is “actually a dark, dangerous world – whose sole inhabitant is the ‘synthetic’ David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition”.  (more…)


There was a lot of hype around Prometheus before it was released in the Summer of 2012. Fans wondered what mysteries would be revealed in the film, who was the space jockey, where did the xenomprphs come from, and why was the company so obsessed with them? In the end though, those questions were only barely half answered, and even with those partial answers, most fans just wished that Ridley Scott hadn’t tried in the first place. But if you were one of those people disappointed in the non-answers of Prometheus, Scott says don’t worry, answers will be made available in the upcoming sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost. (more…)


It was a tremendous shock when earlier this year District 9 director Neill Blomkamp posted to Instagram a number of pieces of concept art for a new Alien film; and it was even more of a shock when, a short time after that, Twentieth Century Fox said they were greenlighting Blomkamp’s vision for the franchise’s new entry. Then Chappie crashed and burned, and there was an imperative for Blomkamp to deliver not just a great chapter of the Alien saga, but to salvage some of that District 9 mojo. But now there’s mojo-interuptus as Blomkamp’s Alien has had to take a back seat to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost. (more…)


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. (more…)


While making the Press rounds for his latest film The Martian, Ridley Scott confirmed that his next film would be a Prometheus sequel. Fans were kind of expecting that, so besides a quick nod, no one really gave it much thought. Production on the new film would begin early next year and we figured we’d find out a lot of the preproduction stuff as that time drew closer. What many were not expecting was the bomb that Scott dropped while doing an interview with the German movie site Filmfutter. Scott relieved that there may be as many as THREE Prometheus sequels in development. (more…)

Fassbender Confirmed to Go Boldly in ‘Prometheus 2’


Michael Fassbender remains one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood, able to shift rather seamlessly between small independent films to big studio franchises. He will continue to show his range later this year when he takes up the title roles in Macbeth and Steve Jobs, and then next summer when he will kick-off Assassin’s Creed and return for his third take as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Well it turns out another filmmaker has Fassbender’s number, and it’s two, as in Prometheus 2. Ridley Scott has confirmed that when Prometheus takes off again in 2017, Fassbender will be onboard to continue the search for humanity’s origin. (more…)


Looks like we’ll be getting back to back movies set in the Xenomorph Universe instead of those long dry spells we had to endure back in the day. Neil Blomkamp, director for the as yet untitled Alien 5 or Alien 2.1 depending on how you want to count them, and his some time movie making partner and wife Terri Tatchell sat down with Empire to talk about the ins and outs of production. Blomkamp also had some good news for those of us looking forward to more Prometheus. (more…)


You may remember the mysterious appearance on Instagram some concept art by Neill Blomkamp for something very… Alien. Of course, alien is a concept not unfamiliar to Blomkamp whose breakthrough film was 2009’s District 9, but tackling one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of the last 40 years seems a little bit outside the norm. How can Blomkamp, who seems to have the rare privilege to make big-budget high-concept *original* films, throw himself into a movie series that’s more often than not the subject of such stringent studio interference? But it’s all legit. Blomkamp has admitted it now in a new interview, and more than that, he says that the only thing that’s holding up any real progress on making it a reality is he, him and himself. (more…)


Ridley Scott‘s films have been the subject of many critical divides and sparked a number of debates amongst his fans. Which is great; that’s what film making is all about, individual perceptions and being able to walk away with diverse theories and conclusions. Blade Runner, upon its first release way back in 1982, was subject to a critical mauling and failed at the Box Office. There was rampant in-fighting over the script and the famous: “is he, or isn’t he,” in reference to whether Deckard was a replicant or not (the fact that it’s left up to the viewers is something that a director would never get away with nowadays, what, with test audiences not happy until they have a full-blown conclusion). That’s how the fight about Blade Runner‘s narrative running through the theatrical cut came about; with test audiences and studio executives demanding that the storyline was spoon-fed to them rather than being more evasive. Thank god for the final cut, which is an absolute masterpiece – not just within the sci-fi genre – but as a standalone film. Scott has a knack for dividing critics and audiences alike, and the same thing happened with the fantastic Prometheus (Yes, you heard me right: “fantastic”). (more…)

Harrison Ford

Word on the street a couple of weeks back, was that Ridley Scott was really happy with the Blade Runner 2 script, but that he would not be directing the long awaited follow-up to the original science-fiction masterpiece. This piece of news was well sourced and came straight from the horse’s mouth. Well it turns out that a certain someone is still undecided about the next project that they plan to pick up – and that certain someone is Ridley Scott – who is currently working on The Martian  (a big screen adaptation of Andy Weir‘s popular space survival movie). Therefore, it looks like Scott will have a big decision to make when he has wrapped post-production on The Martian next year. Will Scott direct Blade Runner 2, or will he direct Prometheus 2? (more…)