In what might turn out to be the most expensive troll in history, legendary director Ridley Scott has apparently said that he's planning three - yes, three - more Prometheus films to act as a prequel to 1979 classic Alien.
According to The Hollywood News Scott was speaking to German website FilmFutter when he dropped the bombshell. Asked whether Prometheus 2, which is being filmed early next year, will lead us right up to the events of Alien, Scott said:
“It won’t be in the next one, it will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise…
“The whole point of it is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the Alien itself,” he added. “I always thought of the Alien as kind of a piece of bacterial warfare. I always thought that that original ship, which I call the Croissant, was a battleship, holding these biomechanoid creatures that were all about destruction.”
The news will no doubt come as a mixed blessing to film fans. It could be considered good news because hey, Ridley Scott used to be great and who would complain about more Alien canon from the man himself? But on the other hand, it is right to be incredibly nervous about such a prospect because the previous film was so, so terrible.
Apparently Michael Fassbender is already signed to reprise his role as a wildly inconsistent robot character who had no clear motivations in at least the first sequel. Previously it has been reported that Prometheus 2 will be set on Earth, and that he wants to explore deeper what it is that created the "Engineer" characters in the first place.
As The Hollywood News notes, in addition to all of this Scott is also currently working with District 9 director Neil Blomkamp on a sequel to Aliens, which pretty much everyone is expecting to turn out better than whatever Scott comes up with on his own. [The Hollywood News]