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Ridley Scott predicts at least two more Prometheus movies


Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott has hinted that there will be at least two more Prometheus films, with only the final instalment eventually linking to the events of his classic 1979 space horror Alien.

In an interview for German site FilmFutter, the veteran director said that the films will eventually explain the origins of the notorious xenomorph extra-terrestrial that made Alien so frightening.

But he also suggested that his upcoming sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, which is due to begin shooting early in 2016, would expand rather than contract the narrative.

“It [the Alien link] won’t be in the next one,” he said. “It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise.”

He went on to say that “the whole point” of Prometheus was “to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself”, adding: “I always thought of the Alien as kind of a piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these bio-mechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.”

While receiving a fair amount of critical acclaim, the original Prometheus – starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender – disappointed some fans of Alien for the way in which it opted to focus on the Engineers, a race of human-like beings who may have created life on Earth, especially since it ultimately failed to explain very much about them.

Only a prototype version of the alien xenomorph appeared on screen.

If Scott is right, and he keeps to his plan to make another three or four movies, he would be 83 by the time the final film got made.

In the meantime, a fifth Alien film, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, is currently being developed, which has already started rumours of a possible link to Prometheus itself.

Scott’s Prometheus sequel is currently set to debut in 2017. His next film, The Martian, is due to be released in UK cinemas next week.

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