Three years later, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus remains a polarizing science fiction blockbuster. Some fans love it, others hate it, while the majority of the Alien fanbase tends to feel more or less indifferent. However, all would be quick to add that it’s a beautiful looking film, hallmarked by a potent blend of CGI and on-set wizardry, which Scott lensed to perfection. The issues, instead, are mostly thrown on the lap of screenwriter Damon Lindelof.
For over two hours, the story couldn’t figure out if it wanted to be a part or separate from the Alien mythos. For example, why was the film’s action set on LV-223 instead of LV-426 … where the actual space jockey was first seen in the 1979 original? Why was Guy Pearce hiding in a cubby? Why did that one scientist hate the android? Why did the guy who was terrified of the dark sleep next to the creepy silver tubes? And then touch them? Why did some form of a Xenomorph appear at the end?
Well, good news ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to find all that out, and more — that is, if Scott has his own way. While out doing press for The Martian, the veteran filmmaker has begun hinting of plans for not one, not two, but three more films to further expand a series whose sole intention is to cripple and squash the mystery that makes another greater film that much more terrifying. Who knew when Ash said, “There is an explanation for this, you know,” it would warrant another quadrilogy.
“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,” Scott told FilmFutter. “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. 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.”
No telling what this does to Blomkamp’s forthcoming sequel, prequel, or whatever. Though, MoviePilot reports that we’ll likely see Prometheus 2 before we witness Ripley and Hicks waking up into an alternate cinematic timeline. Does that make you happy? Does that make you sad? Do you care? Would you rather see another Aliens vs. Predator film? Are you nuts? Is all of this getting too confusing? Was Prometheus a bad call? Was it just a … bad call? Discuss in the comments below.