Ridley Scott Reveals ‘Prometheus 2’ Will Be Titled ‘Alien: Paradise Lost’
Ridley Scott has been threatening us with Prometheus 2 ever since the first film left audiences baffled back in 2012. Now, riding high on rave reviews for The Martian, the legendary (and legendarily hit-and-miss) filmmaker has started talking about not just Prometheus 2, but Prometheus 3. And Prometheus 4. But don’t expect the next movie to have that title. In a new interview, Scott has revealed the follow-up to Prometheus will bear a title that directly connects it to the franchise that bore it.
The sequel will be titled Alien: Paradise Lost. So there you go. So much for tip-toeing around how these movies tie into the iconic Alien franchise. That title implies that we’ll be going all-in soon enough.
This revelation comes from an interview with Hey U Guys, which is noteworthy because Scott instantly and hilariously decides that the interviewer doesn’t understand the literary connotations of that title:
Actually, it’s going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost, so Prometheus 2 isn’t what it’s really going to be. You know the poem? I doubt you’ve ever been through it, have you? The poem’s a book, Paradise Lost! It sounds intellectual, but there’s a similarity to it, and that’s where it stops.
Alien: Paradise Lost is, of course, a reference to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, an epic poem telling the story of Lucifer’s war with God and his fall from heaven. And that title may be our first tiny clue concerning the plot the movie itself. The Engineers – the alien race behind the “space jockey” in the first Alien movie and the mysterious antagonists of Prometheus – are god-like beings who just-so-happen to create the most dangerous creature in the universe with the Xenomorph. Like with Milton’s depiction of God’s showdown with the rebel angels he created in the first place, there is no way this doesn’t end in tears and blood and so on.
With The Martian in theaters next month, Scott is expected to begin shooting Alien: Paradise Lost early next year. The film, whatever it’s titled, will be released on May 30, 2017.