Ridley Scott on Alien: Paradise Lost: 'They will go to the world of the Engineer'

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Sep 29, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT

Between The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the upcoming Prometheus sequel, Ridley Scott is one extremely busy 77-year-old. So what’s he cooking up for Alien: Paradise Lost?

The film, which (despite bearing the Alien moniker) is technically the sequel to Prometheus, is in development and could head into production in the relatively near future. We’d assumed the film would follow up on the cliffhanger ending of the first Prometheus, though, this being Scott, we were left wondering in exactly which direction he’d take it.

In a new interview with Yahoo!, Scott opened up about the followup and why he opted to subtitle it Paradise Lost. He also confirmed they’ll definitely be heading off to the alien world of the Engineers to figure out why they’d create these insane creatures. This is the story fans want to see told, and we can’t wait to see more of the Engineers’ civilization.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below: 

“Have you ever read Paradise Lost, by Milton? In a funny kind of way, it’s an interesting basis for the darkness of [Prometheus 2]. Where the good-looking guy, who is evil as s–t, gets all the girls and goes to the nightclubs. The other guy, who is not quite as good-looking, is boring as hell and stays home. So in a funny kind of way, we used that as the basis for it, it’ll be Alien: Paradise Lost. Which is very spooky, because it continues after the last one, where Elizabeth Shaw [Noomi Rapace] says, ‘I wanna go where they came from.’ And you’ve got Michael Fassbender in two parts, so she’ll slowly put him back together. They will go to the world of the Engineer…That’s where they’re going to go. They will find out who would design such an awful bio-mechanoid creature, like a massive piece of bacteria.”

Alien: Paradise Lost is tentatively set to open in 2017. Original stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will also (apparently) be back in action.

(Via Yahoo!)