Ridley Scott is heading into production on the newly-titled Alien: Paradise Lost early next year, which has reportedly pushed Neill Blomkamp’s separate Alien movie back just a bit to make room for the Prometheus sequel. Scott hasn’t been shy in discussing plans for the projects — particularly his own — and the director is at it again, teasing more plot details for Alien: Paradise Lost, as well as a potential release date for Blomkamp’s film.

Scott has previously established that the Prometheus sequel will follow Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s robotic David as they pilot the Engineer spacecraft to the home world of their mysterious makers in a quest to discover where they come from — and who made them. That’s a question that could have some potentially huge implications (and ramifications), but according to Scott, they won’t be alone on their journey.

In an interview with Awards Campaign, Scott says we’ll be meeting some new space travelers along the way:

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.

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Daily Beast a little over a week ago, Scott confirmed that he’s starting production on Alien: Paradise Lost in February. He also reiterated the connection between the Alien franchise and Prometheus, and gave us an idea of when we’ll be able to see Blomkamp’s Alien sequel:

We’re getting closer and closer to the creation of the beasts — how and why they were created — and the first Alien film that I made over thirty years ago. And we have Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien,’ which will be out in 2017. We just have the first [screenplay] draft in so far but it looks pretty good.

Okay, so either we’re getting Alien: Paradise Lost and Blomkamp’s untitled Alien sequel in 2017, or we can expect to see Alien: Paradise Lost at the end of next year — that wouldn’t be entirely out of the realm of possibility, but can Scott get enough footage completed to drop the first trailer next summer?

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