Director Ridley Scott has recently revealed the title of Prometheus 2 to be Alien: Paradise Lost, and he now asserts that the film will also feature a connection to the Alien franchise’s central character.
Speaking in an interview to promote The Martian, Scott surprised fans this week by announcing that Prometheus 2 will officially be titled Alien: Paradise Lost. The director also noted that his plans call for several sequels, which will eventually tie the stories of Alien and Prometheus directly together. During the interview with HeyUGuys, Scott said that the Prometheus story would be “heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented,” eventually connecting with the original Alien.
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) September 24, 2015
In an interview with Empire conducted a day later, Scott further elaborated on the connections between the two franchises, revealing to fans that they may not have to wait until Prometheus 3 or 4 to see a direct relationship between the two worlds.
“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.”
As Entertainment Weekly notes, that statement somewhat contradicts what Scott previously said about Prometheus 2, as he suggested larger connections to Alien wouldn’t appear until later films in the series. For that reason, as well as the time frame in the series in which Paradise Lost is set to take place, fans have speculated that connections to Ripley will be somewhat minimal at best, likely setting up her appearance in the other arm of the newly resurgent Alien universe.
— Collider News (@ColliderNews) September 25, 2015
Scott is still working as a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s as-yet-untitled Alien 5. According to Screenrant, Alien 5 features an exceedingly revealing title, which Scott helped to fashion. The title is being kept a secret currently, but it is believed that Alien 5 will feature the return of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. Michael Biehn’s Cpl. Dwayne Hicks (from Aliens) may also reappear in Alien 5, to much excitement from fans.
— IGN (@IGN) September 24, 2015
Alien: Paradise Lost is set to go into production early next year, to be followed by Alien 5 at an undisclosed point in the near future.
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