Prometheus is one of my least favorite science fiction films ever, because the science was so unscientific and I expected so much more from Ridley Scott, the maker of Alien. But it somehow managed to earn $403 million worldwide, and since it cost a mere $140 million to make, that means it’s sequel time.
Scott, the director of The Martian, one of 2015’s better movies, is now beginning to open up about Prometheus 2, which he is currently “in prep” for, according to Deadline.
Scott suggests Prometheus 2 will follow where the original left off. And it seems as if the characters in the movie will meet the Engineers—or at least try to.
According to Deadline, Scott said:
You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as [Noomi Rapace’s character Elizabeth Shaw] says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us?…
It is pretty grand thinking, and that’s what I want to explore. You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that?
As for the specifics, Scott had only a few production details to share: Michael Fassbender will be reprising his role as David (who, when we last left the twitchy artificial person, is a disembodied head), although there is no word on whether Rapace will be returning. Production begins in February 2016.
Will the sequel be better than the original? Probably. If nothing else, it can’t get worse.