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Ridley Scott’s 2016 Mystery Project Is Revealed As ‘Prometheus 2’

by Rodrigo Perez
March 24, 2014 7:45 PM
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Well, that didn’t last too long. Last week 20th Century Fox announced a rash of future dates going as far as 2018. The big eye-grabber was a trio of super hero films, “The Wolverine 2,” a sequel to “The Fantastic Four” even with the first movie yet to start shooting and an Untitled Marvel Mystery movie for summer 2018, which has still not been revealed.

Only a few steps behind in the curiosity factor was an unnamed project for March 2016. Fans asked: what could it be? “Blade Runner 2”? No, that’s at Alcon/Warner Brothers and not at Fox, so it’s out. “The Forever War” maybe? Something else? As we surmised, carving out dates that far in advance had to be for something big and our guess was “Prometheus 2." And evidently that’s right on the money.

Scott’s project is a mystery no longer and confirmed to be the sequel to his “Alien” prequel from 2012 starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender. “Prometheus 2,” or whatever it will eventually be called, has also hired a new writer and apparently one that Scott likes. That would be Michael Green, who wrote the “Green Lantern” but was also hired to write Scott’s “Blade Runner” prequel/sequel/whatever it is in early 2013, so clearly he’s still in the director's good graces (which does bode well for the “Blade Runner” sequel). He’s been tasked to rewrite the first draft of “Prometheus 2” penned by Jack Paglen (“Transcendence”).

Production is supposed to begin this fall according to The Wrap, after Scott is done with his Moses film “Exodus” starring Christian Bale which is due in theaters in December. The publication also reports that the film may feature “multiple Davids” the android character played by Michael Fassbender. “Prometheus 2” will star Rapace and Fassbender and no one in the original cast for reasons that should be spoilerishly obvious. 

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  • david | April 28, 2014 10:16 PMReply

    So glad Prometheus 2 is happening. It's one of my favorite sci-fi movies of the last decade. It's like Blade Runner in that it gets better with repeated viewings. I own the Blu-ray and have watched it at least 5 times. Yea some of the character motivation is a bit wonky, but in the age of comic book movies, it serves up a more heady sci-fi adventure..... now if Ridley and co take a look at the recent "Under the Skin" directed by Jonathan Glazer, and borrow a little from this experience I'll be a happy man.

  • Tina | April 27, 2014 9:59 PMReply

    I just hope this script will be better than first Prometeus , free from mistakes we saw in first part . I still think that we should see Ellen Ripley again , what she did after she came back to Earth . Personally i think it wouldn't be bad idea to send Ripley back to space to Aliens planet where instead of killing Aliens , what she always did she would be part of them . She could understand them And perhaps even protect them . Anyway all they wanted was always only to survive so .......why not ???? Movies about Aliens without Ellen aren't the same And Real fans know that Mr. Scott !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ggrr | March 26, 2014 1:50 PMReply

    Prometheus 2: Crash and Burn Further.

  • You | March 25, 2014 8:23 PMReply

    Awesome news.

  • beja-4 | March 25, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    Hahaha! Definitely a Brit. Must be Harry... or James. Could be Scalv. Or psy... so many names, so little time. It' fun anyhow. Must look weird from the outside of Prometheus' board though.

    I'm intrigued by multiple Davids, one can never get enough of Fassbender. I'm getting my hopes up for the sequel.

  • Actual_Harry | March 25, 2014 12:55 PMReply

    Good one guy(s)!

    I'm guessing a Brit, been on the boards as long as me and is a fellow hater.

    Scalv due to the Me_Am account being the first comment I recognise would be my guess. Or a couple of people playing off each other.

    You missed out SmokedToDust, RainofWalrus, Galahad, Cattle_Bruiser and SSD though (To name just a few)

    Helmate; that takes me back!

    Great jorb!!

  • dragonsheart-1 | March 25, 2014 11:17 AMReply

    Gawd, as if once wasn't enough.

    Well, will seed for a week.

  • I Watched Your Dreams | March 25, 2014 11:07 AMReply

    Who is faking all these comments?

    Harry? James? Scalvador?

  • JayRZay | March 25, 2014 11:15 AM

    Hi Taudarian I can't reply to you directly so I'll post to CoffeeBreak.

    Meltdown session in action, reads like Harry so probably isn't.



  • Taudarian | March 25, 2014 11:08 AM

    I'm just curious as to why I've not been faked yet.

    I've put in the right amount of hours!

    Show a little respect please people.

  • Elijah Sullivan | March 25, 2014 11:06 AMReply

    Won't they need an android with an E in its name?

    Maybe the Engineers are androids!?!?

  • shatteredbluedreams | March 25, 2014 11:04 AMReply

    Here they all are like lemmings to the cliff.

    Edward Bernays would be so proud.

  • Zeitgeist | March 25, 2014 11:01 AMReply

    So Ridders is coming back to the plate. I'll be speaking my mind next time I see him.

  • BB-15 | March 25, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    I am prepared to answer any questions you have about the story of Prometheus.

  • He Cant | March 25, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    HTC One (M8) launches today!

    Puts the Galaxy S5 to shame.

  • Asphyxiod | March 25, 2014 10:51 AMReply

    I am polite these days and so shall not gloat nor dither those who are not fond of Prometheus.

    But I did tell them so once.

  • Sir Ridley Scott | March 25, 2014 10:48 AMReply

    Group testing has been effective so far. Time will show that my movies are works which will stand alone.

  • Russell Nash | March 25, 2014 10:45 AMReply

    Has all of imdb came here to poke fun?

    Where are your gods now?!

  • Shartbomb | March 25, 2014 10:44 AMReply

    *Eats pancakes*

  • igetitfaster | March 25, 2014 10:43 AMReply

    Watch Ridley Win!

  • Psydoodle | March 25, 2014 10:42 AMReply

    You're all mad!

    Prometheus too will be as stupid and insipid as the dishwater that the first one was.

    I'll have to get into about 15 other genres of music just to make up songs about it.

  • Angry-James | March 25, 2014 10:40 AMReply

    Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner, that I lurve London town.

    No wait.

    My old man's a dustman, her wears a dustman's cap. He wears cor blimey trousers and he lives in a council flat!

  • Carrotpewpew | March 25, 2014 10:35 AMReply


    OMG, I'm off to rub my helmate!!!

  • Swiss Chard | March 25, 2014 4:57 PM

    i would give her something to abort

  • Beja-4 | March 25, 2014 10:38 AM

    I wish I had a helmate to rub.

  • Kaskait | March 25, 2014 10:35 AMReply

    Multiple David's would mean the many facets of Alchemy all coming together into one singularity. Ridley you old dog, why not just make a film about it openly?!

  • Scalvador | March 25, 2014 10:33 AMReply

    Well that escalated quickly!

  • Ray Woods | March 25, 2014 10:32 AMReply

    But did Prometheus ask questions?

  • Zeitgeist | March 25, 2014 10:58 AM

    The only one asking questions is you!

  • Robert Maclane | March 25, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    xenos will eat all the haters of the world and then party in amsterdam with me untill the end of times!!

  • Phil Havercroft | March 25, 2014 10:29 AMReply

    I know jokes and this one has a bad punchline. Even worse than my Facebook gag!

  • Harry_Plinkett | March 25, 2014 10:28 AMReply


  • Pancake-eater | March 25, 2014 10:59 AM

    So many socks so little time.

  • John Ferenz | March 25, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    Hater pricks will be proven wrong (Again!)

    The majesty of Prometheus will engulf minds again in ways too abstract to articulate.

    Once again we will see the wonderful depth of intrigue Prometheus offered and once again maggots will fail to understand how deep it goes.

  • Me Am Nicholas 28 | March 25, 2014 10:23 AMReply

    My fathers will have separate sessions with me toonite to celebrate.

    Prometheus will eat all of creationism and crap out a diamond.

    Hell for the retards but that is what they get!

  • Major Kalas | March 25, 2014 9:33 AMReply

    ...I got a feeling recently that R.S. just takes any script in sight and adds a spectacular imagery to it. Whether the script is good or not, it doesn't matter to him because the movie always looks great. I couldn't stand monologues in "The Counselor" and I felt betrayed by "Prometheus". Also I think that the great success of "Alien" were the actors - the cast was very small and carefully chosen. In that case I think Prometheus 2 would work the best if it was only Michael and Noomi against an evil engineer and malicious computer : )...

  • Rob | March 25, 2014 8:55 AMReply

    The statement that the writer of Green Lantern is a good writer is clearly wrong.

  • Michele | March 25, 2014 7:16 AMReply

    I enjoyed Prometheus, so this is good news. I can't wait to see how they fill out the story of the Engineers.

  • MCF | March 25, 2014 4:18 AMReply

    Great! One of the dumbest, most incoherent, logic defying movies EVER, gets a sequel. The first one was such a disappointment, i have a hard time generating any enthusiasm for the prequel sequel. The whole "Alien" franchise has fallen so far.

  • Antonio Banderas | March 25, 2014 4:59 PM

    And I will be there to see it opening day.

  • Webster Skyhorse | March 24, 2014 11:44 PMReply

    Scott needs to admit, like Tim Burton, that he wouldn't know a good script if it bit him in the face. If he wants bold, boundary-pushing storytelling to support his sumptuous visuals, he needs to stop going with indentured in-house writers. Get a bona fide pro like Clair Noto or Towne. He can afford it.

  • mfd | March 24, 2014 10:27 PMReply

    "Prometheus" was so visually majestic at the outset that it seemed to promise a genuinely fresh vision. Then those goopy, toothy monsters from "Alien" showed up, and the entire project instantly crashed in flames. Please, Ceiling Cat, don't let it happen again.

  • Anonymouse | March 24, 2014 9:37 PMReply

    Prometheus was visually stunning but bereft of any kind of logic, coherence, and intelligence. while mostly the fault of that guy who wrote Lost, scott is not without blame. as a director of some amazing films, he should know what makes a story good and how to tell it. Prometheus only delivered on one front: visuals. and now the sequel is being written by the writer of Green Lantern and Smallville episodes? this does not bode well at all.

  • Anna | March 24, 2014 9:34 PMReply

    I'm not sure why I'm excited about this, but I am. I guess I'm still hoping for some answers?

    And the possibility of multiple Davids makes me happy, a movie with a lot of Michael Fassbenders? Sign me up.

  • That Kid | March 24, 2014 8:27 PMReply

    The more I watched it the more I've come to like "Prometheus". There's still several issues with it but it's starting to find its audience, like "The Fountain".

  • J's Assistant | March 24, 2014 8:45 PM

    If you think "The Fountain" is finding an audience in 2014, you are either clearly delusional or related to Aronofsky. Or both.

  • Michael | March 24, 2014 8:14 PMReply

    So excited for this! Loved Prometheus.

  • rob | March 24, 2014 8:12 PMReply

    You guys need to rewrite this article -- it's a mess. "Prometheus over grossed $400 million..."

  • Sea Gourmet Winner | March 24, 2014 8:08 PMReply

    Probably in the minority but I LOVED Prometheus so this is exciting.

  • Caro | March 24, 2014 8:01 PMReply

    quelle surprise!

  • Glass | March 24, 2014 7:59 PMReply

    Not sure why I'm so excited for this, but I am.

  • Darkwing Duck | March 24, 2014 9:31 PM

    Pavlovian reflex.

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