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Prometheus 2 – Sequel Plans

Prometheus 2 - Sequel Plans (Plot etc.)
There’s been some Prometheus 2 talk over recent weeks, so what has been said and what direction is a sequel likely to go in?

Prometheus didn’t have a monumental opening weekend in the U.S. (it sold as many tickets as Alien vs. Predator) but still earned an impressive $50 million, the second highest of Ridley Scott’s career. It had a large 25% drop from Friday to Saturday which suggests not-so-great word of mouth, and a not-so-long box office run. However worldwide it has already made $141m, from a $130m production budget, so it stands to finish a box office success. A follow-up has not been officially greenlit, yet.

**BIG SPOILERS AHEAD** Prometheus was conceived as a two-parter. Originally it was two movies that were official, direct prequels to Alien, to be helmed by Ridley Scott’s protege Carl Rinsch. When 20th Century Fox begged Scott himself to direct, he agreed on the condition that it moved further away from Alien and added in themes and ideas he wanted to explore.

On the sequel, Scott said recently, “I know where [Prometheus 2] is going. …Keeping David alive is essential and keeping Elizabeth alive is essential and to go where they [the engineers] came from is essential. …I don’t see them landing in a place that looks like paradise. …Paradise cannot be what you think it is. It has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous. …If you look at the Engineers, they’re tall and elegant… they are dark angels.”

When the writer was asked if the next movie would be a more direct prequel to Alien he said “it will tangentialize even further away from the original Alien”.

Ridley Scott intends to stay on as director. “I enjoyed it so much, I really want to do the sequel to this. It’s interesting to do a sequel because this leaves the door so open to some huge questions. The real question to me is – the more mankind discovers in science the more clear and helpful everything becomes, yet we’re very bad at managing ourselves. And one of the biggest problems in the world is what we call religion, it causes more problems than anything in the goddamn universe. Think about what’s happening now, all based on the very simple idea that a Muslim can’t live alongside a Catholic, or a Catholic can’t live alongside a Protestant…”

To understand what he’s alluding to, we have to look at the big question at the end of Prometheus – Why did the engineers want to destroy us? The clue is in a line of dialogue – that the preparations to wipe out earth were being made 2000 years ago. In other words, at the time Christianity started. So the sequel, wisely or not, will likely touch on some further significance that Christ had – were the Engineers enraged that mankind’s perception of the universe, and where they came from, was altered? As Christianity was not the first religion, was it the final straw? Or was Christ an emissary of the engineers whose crucifixion by humans angered them? All dicey territory for sure, but it’s the religious strand that most fascinates Scott. “I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel. I didn’t want them to meet God in the first one.”

With the Blade Runner sequel and The Counselor going full steam ahead, it’s going to be many years before Scott has the time to direct Prometheus 2. He’s 75 now, will his age become a factor?

It’s also worth mentioning that the Prometheus Blu-ray will have 20-30 minutes of deleted scenes (including a confirmed axe fight between Elizabeth and the engineer).

What would you like to see happen in a Prometheus sequel? Should the traditional Aliens play a larger role? Do Scott’s big questions interest you? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Sources: Movies.com, Collider

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  • kctobyjoe said

    The planet in Prometheus was NOT LV 246 (?) from the original ALien ‘series’ was it? If that IS the case then what happened to get the space Jockey and another ship plus alien chestbuster of sorts to another ‘moon’ ???

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Not the same planet. I think it’s pretty obvious that they started off being the same planet, but at some point during scripting they realised they couldn’t figure out the continuity so made it a different one. Not that they would ever admit that. It’s up to us to guess what went wrong on LV-426. Though with the alien being created in Prometheus by such a unique set of circumstances (a person infected with goo must have sex, then the baby from that must lay an egg in an engineer, then the alien is born out of that) it makes it hard to imagine…

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      • kctobyjoe said

        Does some kind soul out there have a time line?
        I didnt bother to look at _Alien_ or _Aliens_ for a 2xxx date
        and trut hbe known I do not remember what year Prometheous was supposed to happen
        WE know Bishop have a date for *that* film. Guy Pierece character is Bishops’ son and Charlieze Theron is his daughter according to what we ‘learned’ in Prometheus
        Was Dan O’Bannon (sp)? just given a nod as being part of this ‘creation’ or did he actually have some input into Prometheus script ?a-la the new Hawaii-Five-0 gets the ‘created by’ credit by ‘it’s creator’

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  • FESTIE said

    i did really like this movie but as many people have mentioned it was a little to ambitious. it was not what i expected,though i cant really say what that would have been.try to keep spoilers out of this. one thing that no one has touched on was that there really was something more that needed to be done with the opening sequence. some kind of explanation as to why a member of a race that was so highly advanced had to resort to the actions that he took in order to get the results he wanted.
    dalmationjaws “lost” comment was pretty spot on. they had some definate ideas but didnt know where to go with them. i realize that they left some things to dangle in hopes of getting to make a sequel but it was obvious creative processes ceased to flow on several ideas, most likely never to be explained. all in all,this was an enjoyable movie though. if you love great visuals this is a must see. if you love sci fi,ditto. either way,make up your own mind.

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  • paul said

    LV 426 is obviosly a diffrent moon/planet all together,the engineer was still in his seat in his crashed vessal and, he had a chestbuster wound!! the engineer in premetheus was blew apart from the inside by what appearred to be a form of xenomorph queen. i thought the movie to be thought prevoking, the DNA suicide at the start of the great thaw on earth after the ice age, to begin evolution on earth to what appeared to be a chemical weapon chamber on the engineers vessal to be deployed to earth. this moon was probly a chemical weapons facility and then an outbreak happened and was then abandoned and closed down as a matter of security. there intentions were probably to create a species like themselves and then introduce the black dna that came from the cases to earth and the monitor the effects as a bio-logical weapon.

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  • Td knotty said

    For me Prometheus was a great film and opens lots of possabilities to where the storyline will go. I feel however it will go into two tangents the first will cover the adventure of David and shaw. The second will be over the events that took place on LV 223 which will tie into alien. If the engineers are a superior beings and the human race is a descendant, then socially they must be similar to us meaning there will be a variety of behaviours ( ie genuine people, do gooders and propper evil gits). I feel the first tangent will be shaws and David’s adventure where they will come into contact with an engineers civilisation (colonised or their home plannett) and perhaps open up connections to other civilisations / alien races (which again could go on to ther things like war and conflict).the plot of the second film could be the engineers fascination with the humans creating David, Which puts fear in the engineers of being surpassed by their creation. The second tangent (3rd film) will explore the events on LV 223 were I feel both the engineers and humans will go to the plannet to investigate the events. From the engineers point of view I feel that they were trying to develop a biological weapon out of a life creating experiment (what we saw at the beginning of Prometheus) which went horribly wrong. Through the arrival of shaw and David a team of engineers (part of a covert operation as per say) go to investigate LV 223 with the intention of further developing the species and experiments that took place in prometheus. This is will where you will see the development and evolution of the xenomorph alien with a plan to drop a batch of eggs onto plannet earth as a test with the intention of using it as a biological weapon against other civilisations. The human factor would be a team of scientists and military professionals going to investigate the events where they will come into cantact with he covert team of engineers tthat will end up in a war between all three parties that will end up having the one ship leaving the plannet with a batch of eggs that crash lands on LV 246. The ending of the third film would have the company receiving information on all events and wanting to get hold of the biological weapons developed by the engineers. This would be a great plot as its original, and has net been explored before, it will also close off many of the questions that remains unanswered.

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  • sirwoody said

    yeah. did not quite like the ailien thing in the end… as i watched the movie i was actually enjoyng the movie.. it was something that was not to sci-fi… but when alien growing inside and then the alien like come out… bad move… i really hope u dont have a follow up on that one.. instead i want to know why they wanted to kill us… maybe like there where two races that was us and other humanoids that where battling for survival.. i dont know….

    prometheus was a really good move though 🙂

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  • Kris Kemp said

    I saw Promestheus for the second time yesterday. The first time I saw it, it was with 3 friends who didn’t appreciate it, even though we saw it on Imax (huge screen) 3-D. The second time I saw it was on a smaller screen, not in 3-D, with a friend who appreciated it. She’s a yoga instructor and enjoys sci-fi. Maybe that has something to do with it.

    I really enjoyed Promestheus, even the second time just as much if not better than the first.

    A lot of people complain about the script, the fact that there seems to be holes in it, but they need to understand that during the editing process of the movie, certain scenes might be cut out. It’s not always up to the screenwriter. There’s so many people and factors involved in making a movie that sometimes the end result becomes not so perfect. Just like that quote about “too many hands spoil the soup” meaning that too many people involved will, inevitably, ruin the end result.

    Regardeless, Promestheus is a fantastic movie, a meditation on life and death and the origins of mankind.

    Before you continue reading, please understand that I’m going to mention some spoilers.

    Here’s some of my ideas for the sequel.

    Begin the sequel where the scientist who survives is repairing David, the robot, by following David’s instructions. While doing this, another scene shows Dr. Vickers, waking up, from unconsciousness, in the dirt, a shallow cavity of air allowing her to breathe. She begins digging her way out from under the wrecked spaceship. Then, cut to a scene where the squid monster is writhing around the ship.

    The scientist who survives, while repairing David, must go to the ship with the alien monster in order to retrieve some equipment. In doing this, they have to evade the alien. Meanwhile, Dr. Vickers crawls out from under the spaceship and stumbles toward ship where the scientist and David are. They meet, and form an alliance. So, it’s Dr. Vickers, the scientist, David, and eventually, they retrieve the body of the Weyland Enterprises guy (Guy Pearce) and turn him into a robot. So, it’s Dr. Vickers, David, the scientist woman, and the Weyland guy, who’s now a robot. Then, they go into space toward another planet. Between them, there’s tension, and the chance that they might have some alien goo on them.

    Thanks!

    Kris Kemp

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  • j said

    The reason this movie did so poorly is because people didnt want a “new” sci fi movie, they wanted an Alien prequel and did NOT get it…

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  • kctobyjoe said

    j

    The reason this movie did so poorly is because people didnt want a “new” sci fi movie, they wanted an Alien prequel and did NOT get it…

    well people are pretty much idiots. now the’Alien’ world is expanding. how many times can you milk the original premise?

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  • Trevor said

    The sequel to Prometheus should show the survivors arriving at the “engineers” home planet. The planet should be a bit further away from their sun, which would partly explain their colorless skin.

    Once they arrive on the engineer’s planet they would meet the world leaders. They would discover that there are many different factions of engineers on the planet, just as we have here on Earth. One of these factions is hell-bent on destroying all life on Earth, because they feel that humans have advanced to the point of endangering the engineer’s planet. To thwart this potential threat they set out to develop weapons to annihilate human life on the planet and transform it into something more docile. However, their experiments did not go as planned, as we witnessed in Prometheus.

    That’s where I’d take the sequel. Cheers!

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  • Tyler said

    I think it would be cool if this were part of the plot to the sequel if they make one. While Elizabeth and the Android are leaving planet LV a face hugger that is a little more similar to the ones from the alien franchise sneaks on board their ship following them to the engineers home world. While they are at the engineers planet the facehugger could attach itself to an engineer and spawn a xenomorph thats unique to the engineers. Kinda like how the alien from alien 3 was a dog alien. It would be like the ancestor of the xenomorphs. This plot could prevent the sequel from directing the story away from alien.

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  • Chris said

    I really enjoyed Prometheus and will be getting the blu-ray when it comes out in October.

    I hope they make a sequel to both discover why the Engineers were going to destroy humans and also to see what happened to the Xenomorph on the moon. I guess at some point some engineers decide to breed aliens on the ship that crashes on LV426 but how that happens I hope is addressed in the sequel.
    The engineer ships on the moon had been there a long time and probably abandoned by the engineer’s peoples in the past. The Engineers will not be pleased their experiments have been found. So many unanswered questions that I hope are answered in a sequel.

    And there probaly should be some action on the moon with the Alien that is shown along with David and Elizabeth’s adventure.
    I can see the sequel having the Weyland company sending another ship maybe with some military presence to look for the Prometheus and they meet the Alien while David and Elizabeth meet the Engineers. These colliding stories will result in an amazing film. And if it is 2.5 to 3 hours long no one will care as long as it is good.

    And please try to wrap everything up in one more film. If the goal was to have a trilogy and the second film bombs we will never know the answers because a third film will not be made. Unless Fox is ok with recouping the money on the later DVD and On-Demand sales.

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  • Gan said

    Prometheus was a prequel to alien and nothing else ! ! and i dont understand all the is it, isnt it, should number 2 continue the alien link debates i keep reading and hearing about. Promethues plot, script, did have massive gaps and i was alittle disappointed because im a big alien and ridley fan but saying that it had some great ideas the black ooze the engineers plot to destory mankind and maybe other life in the universe i thought was a great way to explain the alien we all love and know, it had to be created it always did the perfect organizium, the alien as a sucessful species never made much sense because it would only be a matter of time til it ran out of hosts and food killing itself, but i thought made perfect sense as a weapon or plague to inflict on an enemy. I just hope if ridley does go off in a different direction in the sequel i just hope he does not turn down the perfect chance to explain the crashed ship on lv426 and the warning it was giving out i think most alien fans would be more then happy with that the xenomorph wouldnt have to make an appearance.

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  • Robin said

    It would be great if the creation and purpose of “The Predators” was in Prometheus 2 and how that war started and also how everything goes for David and Elizabeth Shaw in there quest for answers of the univers and more…

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  • leon said

    Prometheus was a well thought out peice of majic from Ridley Scott. Phylisophy at its best. David states “don’t all children want their parents dead”. Yet the movie is set on finding these parents (the engineers) who want thier “children” dead.
    I was most suprised to find very human individuals beneath the “space jockey” facade. Brilliant move from Ridley and the writers. Noomi Rapace fit the strong female role that Scott always uses and accomplished her character well. Fassbender was perfect. The captain was tight and good. Theron was a boring bitch wanting the crown, thus the afformentioned “die daddy die”. Religion had to be in there and it was placed well as a good question. Is religion man made or were we coakes into it? Great line, why…”because I choose to believe”.
    Prometheus two has many ways to travel, and I hope Ridley takes us on the journey. This is smart stuff. I am as big a fan of Alien as anyone, but xenomorphs don’t fit in here yet. The giant face-hugger at the end was de-evolution. In time, it will shrink to what we are used to. And, was that a queen that we saw at the end. Lots of vases to play with.

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  • Austin White said

    i think promethues 2 should have a enineer befriend elizabeth and david and to help them answer some of their questions. Also at the end the same engineer could help elizabeth and david get back to earth. i loved the first movie, it was awesome.

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