Director Ridley Scott has shared a wealth of information on Prometheus 2 during his press tour for The Martian. Having confirmed the presence of multiple sequels in the pipeline, all meant to eventually sync up with his 1979 masterpiece, Alien, Scott has started calling the upcoming film Alien: Paradise Lost.
Scott spilled the beans chatting with Hey U Guys. "Actually, really, it's going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost," he explains "so Prometheus 2's not really gonna be." He went on to reference John Milton's classic literary poem of the same name, but jokes that the only parallel is its intellectual title.
When asked to elaborate further Scott let slip a few key details on what the film would explore, such as the origin of the ferocious xenomorph. "We're heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented. We'll go back in to the back door of the very first Alien that I did nearly thirty years ago." That's interesting kernel of knowledge, especially when Scott himself stated last year that the Prometheus sequel would not feature any xenomorphs and introduce a 'fresher form' of alien.
As yet Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are the only confirmed cast members reporting for duty in February 2016, when shooting is scheduled to begin. Before then you can expect to hear more from Scott on the sequel and Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 - which Scott is producing - in the near future. Alien: Paradise Lost opens on May 30, 2017.