For the past two months, there was a strong hush-hush reason why Neill Blompkamp’s Alien sequel wasn’t firing on all cylinders, and now that reason is becoming all too transparent: Ridley Scott. With The Martian drifting far behind him, the English filmmaker is putting all his Xenomorph eggs in one cocoon and going into full cryosleep with the Alien franchise.
“I’m trying to keep this for myself,” Scott admitted to IGN. “I let the other one [Alien] get away from me — I shouldn’t have … I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I’m gradually getting to Alien 1.”
In other words…
To be fair, his 1979 original remains the best of the series and one of the most integral slices of science-fiction to ever hit the silver screen. Having said that, his future plans for Prometheus 2, known officially as Alien: Paradise Lost, and the franchise itself are questionable at best:
“Prometheus 2 will start getting shot in February and I’ve already begun now so I know what the script is,” he further details. “Then there will be another one after that and then maybe we’ll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?”
Oddly enough, Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who took the heavy brunt of that film’s criticism, recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and discussed how the original script by Jon Spaihts was titled Alien Zero and featured “facehuggers, and xenomorphs, and eggs.” It was he who tried to avoid making it a prequel, as he explained:
“…the language of Alien Zero was very much an Alien reboot, in my opinion,” he said, adding: “I had heard [Prometheus] was a prequel, and there’s a problem with prequels; there’s something I don’t like about prequels, which is there’s an inevitability, that you’re just connecting dots.”
Lindelof digressed more on his process of reworking Spaihts’ script and praised a number of facets, specifically the “creation myth”, which he called “an interesting idea”:
“…because the android was there, and he’s there with his creators, and they’re seeking out their creators,” he contended. “And he’s not impressed by his creators. The android, he’s the smartest guy in the room, and I was like, ‘I’m going to take those ideas, and I’m going to say that’s what the movie is, and we don’t even get to anything, any familiar Alien language, until the end of this movie and if there was a sequel to Prometheus, it would not be Alien — it would go off in its own direction. And therefore it would be exciting to watch because we’re not just connecting dots.”
Based on the interview, it sounds as if the 2012 blockbuster suffered from a case of Too Many Cooks. Fortunately for the ailing Lindelof, he’s not attached to the script for Alien: Paradise Lost, which is currently being revised by Scott and scribe John Logan, as Variety reports.
Still with us? Good. In related news, Blomkamp has since moved on to fresh, new ground and is looking to adapt Thomas Sweterlitsch’s yet-to-be-published time travel novel, The Gone World. Good for him.
What did we learn? This won’t be the last update you’ll read about Alien.