In addition to Scott, whose role is so far unclear — will he direct or just produce? — Noomi Rapace (Shaw) and Michael Fassbender (David) are signed for the sequel. Co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), however, “might not be available,” so new writers are being considered. Lindelof has already pitched his ideas for a follow-up, and it is unknown if any of his ideas will be incorporated into the next movie.
“Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” says Fox president of production Emma Watts, in announcing that the studio is “actively pushing ahead” with the sequel.
Even though I acknowledge that Prometheus had some real problems, I enjoyed the flick more than most people, so the sequel announcement is welcome news. If you’ve seen Prometheus, you know it cries out for a follow-up, and I’m glad a studio is finally giving audiences something it wants, rather than another unnecessary reboot.
I want to know more about the Engineers and their plans. I want to know more about Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. I want to know more about David — why did he seem so interested in monitoring Shaw’s dreams while she was in hibernation? Why the old movies? Why play basketball? What’s up with the Zeta II Reticuli system? Where is LV-223 in relation to LV-426?
There are so many questions still unanswered and so much potential set up by the new material introduced in Prometheus, that there are myriad directions the next movie could take. I find myself hoping Scott gets the go-ahead to shoot not one but two sequels concurrently. There’s a lot of stuff I still want to know about the Alien universe!
And we can be reasonably sure the next flick won’t be called Prometheus 2…