Director Ridley Scott dropped a tiny little bomb yesterday, surprising fans with the title of his Prometheus sequel. We suspected it wouldn't simply be called Prometheus 2. But no one predicted it would arrive under the Alien franchise umbrella, with Alien: Paradise Lost set to light up marquees in 2017. This indicates that the film will be directly tied into the overall series, despite Ridley Scott saying earlier in the week that his Prometheus series would not connect to his 1979 Alien for at least two, maybe even three more movies. So why the new title?

Director Ridley Scott dropped the new title before heading out to the red carpet premiere of his latest sci-fi adventure The Martian. So, of course he was hit with more questions about the impending sequel, which goes into production at the very start of 2016. HeyUGuys, who got the filmmaker to reveal the title in the first place, also got him to expand and expound on his endeavor. About arriving at Alien: Paradise Lost as the title for Prometheus 2, Ridley Scott explained.

"Well, because we're heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented. We'll go back into the back door of the very first Alien that I did thirty years ago."

Prometheus 2 was long rumored to be titled Paradise. The title is in reference to an epic poem by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man. It explores the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton's purpose, stated in Book I, is to "justify the ways of God to men". Which seems to be the connection that Ridley Scott is making with Alien: Paradise Lost. The new title also specifically references a scene in the original Prometheus, where Elizabeth Shaw's (Noomi Rapace) father explains to her about the afterlife. He says, 'Everyone has their own word; heaven, paradise. Whatever it's called, it's someplace beautiful.' And Elizabeth asks, 'How do you know it's beautiful?'

There will be a new planet that is explored by returning cast members Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, confirmed to reprise their roles as Elizabeth Shaw and the android David. It will be the home world of the enigmatic engineers from Prometheus. In previous interviews Ridley Scott claimed that Prometheus 2 will not have the classic Xenomorph alien. Instead, it will feature a new type of alien creature. The filmmaker stated that the "baby alien" in the original Prometheus was "very close" to the creature from his original Alien movie, adding that this extraterrestrial in the sequel will be much different. It is believed that the engineer/alien hybrid dubbed "The Deacon" will return in some capacity.

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Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Michael Green (Untitled Blade Runner Project) are writing the screenplay for Prometheus 2. Though 20th Century Fox is also in the early stages of production on Alien 5, it isn't known when that project may see the light of day or how the new title for Prometheus 2 will change what is being planned, if at all. What do you think? Can you live with Prometheus 2 being called Alien: Paradise Lost?

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