Back in September, director Ridley Scott revealed that his highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's Prometheus will now be called Alien: Paradise Lost, an announcement that thrilled and excited fans of the filmmaker's beloved Alien franchise. He later said that this sequel will actually connect to the Xenomorphs from the original Alien and Sigourney Weaver's iconic Ripley character, although we still don't know how these connections will be made yet. During a new interview with IGN, the filmmaker expressed some remorse for letting the franchise "get away" from him, teasing once again that Alien: Paradise Lost will eventually help bridge the gap between Prometheus and the original Alien.
"I'm trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one [Alien] get away from me - I shouldn't have. I'm trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I'm coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I'm gradually getting to Alien 1. Prometheus 2 will start getting shot in February and I've already begun now so I know what the script is. Then there will be another one after that and then maybe we'll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?"
Last week, Ridley Scott was honored by receiving his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as his latest blockbuster The Martian continues to do well at the box office. After the ceremony, the filmmaker explained to Variety that he saw Alien: Paradise Lost as a "call to duty," to bring back the original Alien, eventually. 2012's Prometheus was considered somewhat of a disappointment by fans, since it didn't offer enough connections to his first Alien movie. The director revealed that, with Alien: Paradise Lost and is subsequent sequels, he hopes to answer why the aliens were created in the first place.
"I tend to bounce from pillar to post, wondering what I'm going to paint next. But this was a call to duty, really, to reexamine and resurrect the Alien, if I could. Its role had been worn out in previous films, but one of the questions that had never been answered was why such a creature would be invented, and by whom. That opens much larger, more universal questions. I've met a lot of scientists who have whet my appetite for the technical possibilities of the future, but I've always wanted to get a group of them together and ask them if they're religious. Because you'd be surprised how many dyed-in-the-wool astrophysicists there are who say that, yes, they believe in God. And I ask them how that relates to the profession of mathematics. Science will say we are random and biological. So if you go further than that, and say you believe in a higher power, are you saying you don't adhere to the scientific plausibility of why, say, you and I can talk on this phone right now? Or is there a much larger connection that we can't grasp yet? For me, that's the biggest question we have left to explore, and that will be the underlying discussion of the next Prometheus film."
Variety's report also revealed that the director is currently rewriting the script with a new writer, John Logan (Spectre, Skyfall). The script had previously been worked on by Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Untitled Blade Runner Project). John Logan has previously worked with Ridley Scott on his Oscar-winning epic Gladiator. What do you think about these new Alien: Paradise Lost details?