Ridley Scott Reveals ‘Prometheus’ Sequel Title (Video)

Director says John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost” will have several implications for the film’s plot

Last Updated: September 24, 2015 @ 9:59 AM

The sequel to “Prometheus” will be titled “Alien: Paradise Lost,” director Ridley Scott revealed this week.

“Really it’s going to be called ‘Alien: Paradise Lost,’ so ‘Prometheus 2’ is really not going to be,” Scott told HeyUGuys when asked about reports of multiple sequels.

“Paradise Lost” is the name of a well-known novel by John Milton, and Scott said it’s no accident that the sequel to the 2012 “Alien” prequel borrows the title, as it will have several implications for the film’s plot.

The sequel will star Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace. Other information about the logline has been kept under wraps, but shooting is set to begin next February and the film has an intended release date of May 30, 2017.

While promoting “The Martian” this week, Scott revealed that there may be as many as three sequels to highlight the creation of aliens that terrorized Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in four films. 

Critics of “Prometheus” complained the film didn’t connect to “Alien” as much as they would have liked, so HeyUGuys asked the director whether there will ever be a direct link between the two franchises.

“Yes, but it won’t be in the next one,” he said. “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. 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.”

“Prometheus” raked in $403.3 million at the worldwide box office and had a production budget of $130 million. “Alien” grossed $104 million worldwide in 1979, which would equal to $344 million today.

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