The status of Prometheus 2 seems to be tricky to pin down at the moment with Ridley Scott hard at work on pre-production on Matt Damon sci-fi The Martian, but Yahoo! managed to get some answers from the director.
“Right now, as we speak, it’s being written, I’ve had 15 drafts evolving,” he reveals. “I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing Prometheus.”
When the site raised the question of whether we’d see any of the late, great HR Giger’s classic designs in the sequel, Scott was able to offer something definitive.
“The beast is done. Cooked,” he said. “I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
He also offered a hint of what the story might entail, suggesting that we will indeed follow Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s David. “You’ll probably have to go with [Shaw] and [David] – without his head. Find out how he gets his head back on!”
It’s interesting to hear that the film is being written as many were speculating that The Martian hopped into the slot that Prometheus 2 was supposed to occupy in Scott’s ludicrously busy schedule (he’s got Exodus: Gods And Kings coming out too, let’s not forget).
He also told Yahoo that Blade Runner 2 would depend on Harrison Ford’s schedule with Star Wars. “It’s on the charts. I can’t say when that would be yet, because of [Ford’s] thing with Star Wars. It’s a sequel – it’s what happens next. It’s quite surprisingly clever.”
So that’s three sci-fi films on his agenda that are actively in development… but it’s good to hear that he’s up for directing Prometheus 2. Unless you hated Prometheus, of course, in which case all of the above was probably a bit like hearing nails on a chalkboard.
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