The characters played by Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace apparently won't be the only ones headed to the world of the Engineers in Ridley Scott's sequel to Prometheus.
In an interview with Awards Campaign, Scott revealed that his followup to Prometheus, now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, will begin shooting next March and that while Fassbender's android David (or at least his head) and Rapace's scientist Elizabeth will be back, there will be some new faces along as well:
“It’s going to be it’s own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act.”
Are these travelers from a different Earth mission? Military or scientific? Are they a rescue team? Are they even human? Those questions will all remain unanswered for now, along with whether the new group even survives beyond the movie's first 30 or 40 minutes.
Scott also alluded to a third film in his talk with Awards Campaign, which would presumably push the release of Neill Blomkamp's Alien sequel even further into the future:
“There is an evolution to this one so if we can get something down I don’t not see how we go [forward without a third].”
So in the space of a few months we've gone from one filmmaker working on a direct sequel to the first two Alien films (that's the Blomkamp one) to Scott not just kicking Prometheus 2 into high gear, but explicitly fusing it to the Alien movies with the title change and even floating the possibility of a third movie. If anything, this sideways approach is a unique new way to create a shared universe, which seems to be the ultimate goal.
Nevertheless, Scott seems to have gotten his mojo back with the new and quite excellent The Martian, so let's hope that a better script and smarter new characters will help the director make Alien: Paradise Lost a worthy new entry in whatever this franchise is called now. The movie is set to arrive on May 30, 2017.