Do you recall the moment in Prometheus when an accomplished group of scientists, completely disregarding the potential threat from spores, bacteria and other such nasties, remove their helmets in an alien environment? How about the scene in which Jackson and Millburn go up close and personal with an unknown snake-like being? Yep, it’s fair to say that for all of the brainy and intellectual questions posited by Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien offshoot, its leading crew members bordered on the unwatchable.
Fear not, though, for Scott has revealed that the film’s hot-button sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, will introduce a new group of travellers alongside Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace – who return as the headless android David and Elizabeth, respectively.
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Plotting course for the home world of the Engineers, last we saw of Fassbender and Rapace’s characters they had hijacked the alien ship and departed LV-223. At the very least, Scott’s comments indicate that the latter won’t be the only human character in Paradise Lost, all the while confirming that the sequel will indeed enter production in March of next year.
“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.”
Raising more questions that actual answers – will this new crew of humans be sent to LV-223? Or continue onto the Engineer home world? – plot specifics of Alien: Paradise Lost are still thin on the ground. One thing’s for sure, though: the filmmaker has big plans for his adjacent universe, teasing potential room for a further three films, with the final connecting into the original 1979 classic that started it all.
Now that 20th Century Fox has placed Neill Blomkamp at the helm of Alien 5, it’ll be fascinating to watch these two universe grow – and possibly intersect – over the next two to three years. No word yet on a release window for Alien: Paradise Lost, but we expect it to arrive in 2017.
Source: Gregory Ellwood