Legendary director Ridley Scott has been speaking to Deadline as part of the promotional junket for The Martian which opens next month. In the expansive interview, he touches upon what we can expect from the much anticipated/feared Prometheus 2.
Asked where he plans to take the plot, 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 she 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? I don’t think we are here by accident."
He then launched into a long soliloquy that was approximately as coherent as the first Prometheus, saying:
"I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it.
"That raises the question to me, same as was depicted in 2001 when that object comes hurtling through space, and lands in Ethiopia. And an ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it. He has a bigger thought injected into his brain than Newton got sitting under a tree and seeing an apple fall. Stanley then picks something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the anteater so they can eat him. That is one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution; that is where the world begins."
...And then he finally offered an answer to the question:
"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? Where’s the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don’t know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang."
This follows earlier reports that the film will be set on earth - though it also is apparently going through "rewrite hell". The sequel will be followed by another entry in the Alien franchise, set to be directed by District 9 and Chappie's Neil Blomkamp.
Prometheus 2, for better or for worse will be Scott's next film, and one that he is apparently already working on location scouting.
The interview also appeared to confirm that Michael Fassbender's android character will be making a return - and the implicit suggestion is that it will be alongside Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.
It's a fairly expansive piece, and also covers the influence of Star Wars and 2001 on the original Alien, as well as some of the reactions he had to Exodus. You can read the full thing over at Deadline. [Deadline]