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Ridley Scott Says There Will Be A Second 'Prometheus' Film "If We're Lucky," Plus U.K. Trailer

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by Edward Davis
March 18, 2012 4:36 PM
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If you'd like to cynically file this one under "no shit Sherlock," we won't entirely blame you, but hear us out for a second. Way back when "Prometheus" was first announced circa March 2010, it wasn't "Prometheus." Written by Jon Spaihts and conceived then as a full-blown prequel to 1979's “Alien,” when the announcement first arrived, Ridley Scott himself corrected journos that had asked about the prequel during “Robin Hood” press. “Prequels, two films," he stressed, noting both would be shot in 3D but wouldn’t be shot back to back.

Things then changed. The “Alien” prequel was then rewritten and reconceived by “Lost” writer Damon Lindelof and became “Prometheus,” a film that, according to Scott, audiences would able to “recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak.”

Even though strands of a xenomorph -- or a type of xenomorph, the H.R. Giger work is unmistakable -- are clearly visible in the trailer (or at least visible when you freeze the frame), this weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, Scott and Lindelof continued to distance “Prometheus” as being a proper prequel to “Alien.”

However, Scott did circle back to the idea of two films at the WonderCon panels. "It evolved into another universe," Scott told the WonderCon crowd about the original intentions for the “Alien” prequel and how it morphed into “Prometheus.” "If we're lucky, there'll be a second part. It does leave you with some nice open questions."

Now, that’s where we really get into the potential “duh,” but we’re glad to hear that this sequel idea -- word of which many assumed had gone away when the film concept was retooled -- still survives. Of course Scott’s “lucky,” comment means if “Prometheus” does well at the box office and justifies its existence (the budget has been reported to be in the $200+ million dollar range).

A side note of interest. While at Comic-Con 2011, Lindelof said that “Prometheus” was “literally designed for 3D,” there’s very little by way of the recent marketing that pushes the 3D angle. Then again, that appears to be the norm these days as studios shy away from promoting 3D as their main focus and back to the content itself (never a bad thing). And while Scott also said he was cutting a PG-13 and R-Rated cut of the film, the greenband nature of the new trailer suggests the R-rating was a pie in the sky idea.

And if you’re not convinced that “Prometheus” is not an “Alien” prequel, according to Lindelof at WonderCon, one of the reasons the film did evolve was because the original script felt too familiar to the director. “I want to do Sci-Fi again, but I think this movie is too close to 'Alien,' ” Lindelof explained, recalling what Scott said in their first meeting together.

Another idea Lindelof reiterated from past statements about the film -- that we admittedly kind of love -- is the idea that prequels are often pretty damn boring because you know the outcome of them.

“Often there is an inevitability to watching a prequel,” he said. “So, If the ending of this movie is just going to be the room that John Hurt walks into that has eggs there is nothing interesting in that. We know how it's going to end. So, this movie will hopefully contextualize the original 'Alien' so maybe you know a bit more.”

June 8th cannot arrive any sooner as far as we’re concerned. Btw, while we're here, here's the full U.K. trailer for "Prometheus," which sports a more relaxed pace (at first at first) and centers on the origins of the "invitation." You'll see what we mean below, not to mention the subtle love story within.

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  • paul | March 18, 2012 7:10 PMReply

    I figure if Prometheus is the big hit Fox is hoping for, Scott (who in my eyes seems to be passionate about one of his films for the first time in like 15 years) would probably jump right back into this universe once "The Counselor" wraps up shooting.
    If things work out I would expect Prometheus 2 (The Son of Prometheus) could start production in 2013.
    -Also this would be the first time Scott has made a DIRECT Unabashed Sequel to one of his films.

  • gonad | March 19, 2012 8:50 AM

    Scott says in the WonderCon interview that he wants to do the Gertrude Bell film in 2013. Angie Jolie was seen leaving his London office with a script last year, I'm guessing it's for that. Plus there's the Blade Runner sequel.

  • Mr Anonymous | March 18, 2012 7:08 PMReply

    A PG-13 Alien prequel? You mentioned Scott's editing a PG-13 and a R-Rated cut of the film. We all know how this is going to end for fucks sake! This is Fox - Tim Rothman - say no more! This guy has history! It's going to be a PG-13 film. No way in hell is Rothman going to allow Scott to have final cut of the film with a 200m+ budget to be R-Rated. You want the unedited and uncut version - wait for the DVD!

  • easy company | March 18, 2012 6:31 PMReply

    well,like you said-NO SHIT.
    i dont think any studio today is ready to give 200+ mill on a film that cant start a franchise.
    but there is one thing i would like to add-ridley does not look like an old man at all(he is 75)now,but seeing how he already has 3 project lined up(counselor,gertrude bell and blade runner) means that he wont be able to come back to another prometheus before 2016 when he will almost be 80!!! will he be able to still do it then?? i fucking hope so...

  • Glass | March 18, 2012 6:07 PMReply

    The UK trailer's really beautiful - it does a great job of showing how the mission had the best of intentions, and how they accidentally started a chain reaction that could wipe out the whole human race. That's true horror, to me... (the song in the beginning is Sarajevo by Max Richter, awesome)

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