Still in the spotlight of his science nerd-out, The Martian, Ridley Scott has revealed the title to the sequel of his Alien prequel, Prometheus, which will be entitled Alien: Paradise Lost.
Yay or Nay?
In narrative terms, it seems as if Scott is still interested in exploring the storylines leading up to his sci-fi classic, while District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s supposed sequel, Alien 5, will forward the storyline.
Scott revealed the title in an exclusive interview with the British, London-based online publication, HeyUGuys, in which he mostly spoke about his time directing The Martian.
In response to how Scott was planning to have “Prometheus 2” connect to the Alien franchise, he said the following, revealing the title of the next film:
“Well, actually, really it’s going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost. So Prometheus 2 is not really going to be. It’s going to be Alien: Paradise Lost. You know the poem? I doubt you’ve ever been through it, have you? The poem is a book, ‘Paradise Lost.’ It sounds intellectual, but there’s a similarity to it and that’s where it stops.”
Whereas Prometheus took direct inspiration from Greek mythology — you know, the one in which the Titan Prometheus blesses mankind with fire, suffering the costs with his banishment to eternal punishment at the hands of Zeus — Paradise Lost will borrow from John Milton’s epic poem of the same title. The poem centers on the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden after their behavioral transition from innocent obedience to guilty disobedience.
Both Michael Fassbender (who played the android David in the first film) and Noomi Rapace (as the archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw) will reprise their roles respectively.
Along with Scott’s creative involvement in his Alien franchise, the sequel to his sci-fi dystopia, Blade Runner, has already been confirmed to be helmed by Sicario director Denis Villeneuve himself, who is furiously directing — rather than inching — his way towards becoming a household name in Hollywood.
Catch Scott’s interview down below: