Ridley Scott Planning up to 3 Prometheus Sequels

The creative and narrative tug of war over Prometheus between Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof has colored a lot of the discussion on whether the film worked on its own terms or with its somewhat tenuous connection to the Alien franchise. That doesn’t seem to be stopping Ridley Scott from making the sequel and sticking with Aliens and Prometheus being set in the same universe.

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In fact, according to FilmFutter (via BloodyDisgusting), Ridley Scott is planning up to three films that invest in the connection between Prometheus and Aliens.

“It won’t be in the next one,” explained Scott. “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.”

This seems a bit ambitious to me. I mean, it’s perfectly fine to plan as many films as you want. And Hollywood history has proven that series of films work the best if they are planned that way. But I think I would want to see if Prometheus 2 works on its own without teasing us to a vague, to-be-continued, link to the Aliens movies just because they’ve got the more established brand recognition.

Prometheus 2 is expected in theaters in May 2017.