‘Prometheus’ Sequel – What Will It Be About & Where Will It Go?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

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Reactions to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus have been all over the map. Many people are embracing the movie for its ambition, while others have expressed frustration over how (infuriatingly) close the spinoff came to being a proper Alien prequel. A noteworthy number of people are having far more extreme reactions, judging by the number of claims online about Prometheus screening walk-outs.

As was discussed during the SR Underground ‘Prometheus’ Podcast: the important thing is that virtually everyone who has seen Prometheus has been very passionate in their response (be it enthusiastic or enraged). If you subscribe to the school of thought that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then it’s near impossible to argue that the moviegoing masses won’t (at the least) consider a sequel to Prometheus as something they want to see. Going by the early global box office returns, 20th Century Fox is likely to heed those wishes.

So where do you go with a sequel to a film that’s literally about… well, everything? As anyone can tell you (including, Scott and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof), Prometheus raises more questions than it answers – be it about the mythology of the greater Alien universe or the cyclical nature of creation, destruction, and evolution, as explored in the movie. Obviously, in order to touch on what details the filmmakers have announced so far, we have to venture into spoiler territory.

DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN PROMETHEUS!!!

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In a recent THR interview, Scott had the following to say about Prometheus:

“From the very beginning, I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel. I really don’t want to meet God in the first one. I want to leave it open to [Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace)] saying, ‘I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I want to go where they came from… Because [the Engineers] are such aggressive f**kers, I always had it in there that the God-like creature that you will see actually is not so nice, and is certainly not God. I’d love to explore where [Dr. Shaw] goes next and what does she do when she gets there, because if it is paradise, paradise can not be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous.”

Check out one of said Engineers (via Rope of Silicon) below:

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The 'Sacrificial Engineer' in 'Prometheus'

Ultimately, the connection between Alien and Prometheus was as tenuous as the cast and crew of the latter had insisted throughout the build-up to its theatrical release. Hence, it’s no surprise to hear that Scott intends to carry on the central narrative thread left dangling by the ending of Prometheus with a sequel – rather than concern himself primarily with filling in lingering holes in the tapestry that links Prometheus to Alien. Is it possible the followup could accomplish both tasks, in spite of that?

In order to break down that question, let’s first examine two big plot elements that should be covered in a Prometheus sequel:

 

The History and Culture of the Engineers

By the conclusion of Prometheus, very little information has been provided about Engineer culture. As Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) voices aloud before setting off to the Engineer planet with David (Michael Fassbender) – or, rather, David’s severed head – there is much to be explained in terms of where the creatures came from, and what inspired them to create humanity in the first place (before attempting to eradicate it).

Furthermore, there is a whole lot of ambiguity surrounding such issues pertaining to how many planets the Engineers have populated with life via rituals similar to that portrayed during the opening minutes of Prometheus; whether Xenomorphs are regarded as higher-evolved beings and (essentially) worshipped as deities by the Engineers, as one could interpret from the presence of a Xeno-like carving in the Ampule Room on LV-223; and if the Engineer’s decision to manufacture black goo material that transforms other sorts of organic life, is the true allegory for the mythological tragedy of the demigod Prometheus overstepping his boundaries.

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The Xenomorph carving in 'Prometheus'

 

The Relationship Between Elizabeth Shaw and David

When we say “relationship” between those two characters – who were also the most fully-realized and engaging players in Prometheus - we’re speaking both literally and on the figurative level. By the conclusion of that film, David’s “creator” Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) has perished, and is thus no longer around to command the android. Does that mean Shaw will now become David’s “god,” or are the two on more equal footing – a pair of explorers out to uncover certain truths about the universe, rather than a master and their servant?

During an interview with Time Entertainment, Lindelof addressed that very topic:

“I think they’re going where [Shaw] wants to go. [David's] fundamental programming has been scrapped. Weyland [the man who built and programmed him] is dead and so now his programming is coming from God knows where. Is he being programmed by Elizabeth, or is it his own internal curiosity now that Weyland isn’t telling him what to do any more? He’s always been interested in Elizabeth, remember that: He’s watching her dreams when she’s sleeping in much the same way that he watches ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. He’s a strange robot that has a curious crush on a human being, and when Weyland is eliminated, I think he is genuinely interested in what she’s interested in. He reaches out partly for survival, but partly out of curiosity, and I think he’s sincere that he’ll take her wherever she wants to go.”

Prometheus disposed of the less interesting characters – along with those whose primary purpose was to explain how Elizabeth and David came to be on their personal space odyssey, and an explanation for their mindsets at the outset of that journey. It will also be interesting to see how the dynamic between that duo (an actual human being and anthropomorphized machine) unfolds in the sequel, and how the relationship ultimately reflects upon and parallels that of Elizabeth and her “creators.”

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David eyes a slumbering Elizabeth in 'Prometheus'

In summation: a Prometheus sequel could certainly branch out beyond the realm of being an Alien spinoff, so as to move closer to establishing a science-fiction mythos that stands on its own. However, over the course of doing so, the film has the potential to also provide more backstory on the Xenomorph, along with the history behind how one Engineer crashed on LV-426 – and, inadvertently, unleashed a dangerous new species similar to the monster(s) birthed on LV-223. Ironically, that means a sequel has the capability to provide Alien fans with something closer to the answers they were seeking from Prometheus, while also fully succeeding where its predecessor fell short: being a satisfying, standalone work.

Bear in mind, Scott is about to commence with shooting on The Counselor, so don’t expect to hear news about a Prometheus sequel being put on the fast-track for production in the immediate future. However, so long as the final box office total is satisfactory for Fox (re: results in a profit), everything else is in place for the project to happen.

What are you hoping to get out of a Prometheus sequel? Do you even have an interest in seeing one? Sound off in the comments section.

Meanwhile, Prometheus is currently playing in theaters around the world.

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Source: THR [via Worst Previews], Time Entertainment, Rope of Silicon

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  1. Doesn’t the company control the government? Isn’t that the whole point? Burke went along to manipulate the marines, and he did. Only Ripley foiled his plan. The marines didn’t. They just took casualties.

    • That’s not correct.
      Corporal Hicks followed Ripley suggestion. That means the Marines don’t receive orders from WEYLAND-YUTANI.

  2. Not to squash everyone’s hopes and dreams, but has a sequel even been green-lighted? It’s my understanding that while Prometheus has a bit of a cult following, it was generally panned by a wider audience and didn’t bring enough $ to support making a sequel. Unless someone can confirm otherwise, I wouldn’t get too excited about seeing more of this on the big screen.

    • I hope that a sequel will be attempted only if there is funding available to do it justice. I vote for filling out the plot line involving discovering who the engineers are, who engineered them etc. as opposed to the whole Alien prequel line.

    • I’ll write and direct a sequel for a low budget. I’m serious and I’m a filmmaker. Where do I apply?

    • It grossed over 400 million. A very successful R rated film to a large degree.

  3. Assuming my scenario, Shaw must foil the company’s plan/alliance with the engineers if there is to be a “Home to go back to”. Hasn’t the company wanted the engineer’s destructive tech for military application all along? Vickers realized that the way to do that was not go on a bug hunt or a search for eternal life, but to go to the horse’s mouth. Talk to the “Creators”. So, you have Vicker’s/Son’s idea of a creator and Shaw’s idea of a creator. Sounds like opposing sides to me. Shaw arrives at Paradise and is greeted by Vicker’s son, the new young pharaoh/heir to the company throne and an envoy of engineer religious types. Ahhh, the pacification strategy continues . Does Shaw stand a chance?
    Now for the creme de la creme. Where does David, the company’s new Ash, stand in all of this. He’s programed but he has a fascination with Shaw and her beliefs. Does he help to keep her in play against all odds to see which creator rules? Hmmmm, I may be on to something. lol

  4. Still assuming, the 2nd film is filled with political and spiritual intrigue on a level “never before encountered” to quote our pointy eared friend. But, with David’s help, the company and the engineers fracture, each into two opposing groups. You have an company/engineer alliance on the spiritual side, and a company/engineer alliance on the military side. That film ends with the prospect of all out war. 3rd film, the ship hits the fan.

  5. I don’t analyze. I just love movies. I would love to see a sequel.

    • Like Bill, I don’t like to over evaluate the “meaning” of a film. I do like to see a film (like Prometheus) that touches on and invites thought about a number of different ideas. Is the end of “a king’s reign” inevitable as Vickers suggests? Is Wehland looking for profit through the defense industry or is he seeking the fountain of youth? Did the engineers make us “because they could” as the Holloway/David discussion suggests or was their effort on behalf of powers above them whose motives are still all too much a mystery? What implications do the actions in the film suggest for how we meddle with creation? Is David really so totally non-human or does his obvious disdain for certain human tendencies give credence to the possibility of his being a sort of Nietchean proto-higher man? Toss all these questions into a bag and more. Shake it well and I hope what comes out will be the sequel. In short, I’m not looking for something in which all the details add up to one meaning but rather stimulate thought about the meaning and nature of a lot of things that are important to us.

  6. Hopefully the flix will not evolve into a war movie a la Predator vs Alien. The book “Alien” maintained a darkness and foreboding and was captured somewhat in the first movie. That Shaw and her decapitated companion are going to “Paradise” suggests they’re going to Oz. I don’t think so. One way the intrepid gal plus parts would not be destroyed by the Engineers is if the ships sent out to ravage Earth were not expected back and they allowed this one back to their planet thinking their own kind were on board. What a surprise when they open the hatch. Now we have a story of how to survive and find out what’s going on in the process. Who knows, once they realize how advanced we are by our creation of androids, they might see the error of their ways.Or, they might perceive Shaw and David as emissaries of death that defeated the canister WMD and now a threat to “Paradise”. Now that would be interesting.

    • There was no book. Other than the novelization of the film. Please don’t comment on something if you aren’t really talking facts.

  7. Prometheus was $5 million under the production costs nationally, but, more than made up for it with approx $310 million take worldwide and was ultimately considered a hit. This increases the possibility of a sequel :)

  8. The sequel should be directed by James Cameron.
    He’s presently working in the AVATAR sequel but in the future he might be interested in directing the Prometheus sequel.
    James Cameron added value to the ALIEN franchise. I believe he could do the same with Prometheus.

  9. The Engineers are at war with Predators. Both are the most evolved species in the universe and are fighting for its control.
    The Engineers seeded life on Earth and ruled the planet and its inhabitants until the Predators arrived and took control of the planet. Predators taught humans how to build and were worshiped as the “true” Gods (AVP 2004).
    By reasons unknown the Predators stopped visiting Earth. The Mayans were the last civilization that had contact with them.
    The humans warship to the Predators was considered a betrayal by the Engineers who declared Earth as an enemy territory. That’s why the Engineers want to the destroy Earth (Prometheus 2012).
    The eggs were developed by the Engineers to destroy the Predators specie.
    The derelicts that crashed in LV 426 (Alien 1979)and in LV 223 (Prometheus 2012) were headed to Earth and both were attacked by Predators ships.
    The Prometheus sequel should focus in a war between the Engineers and Humans. Will the creation beat the creator??

    • The Predators have absolutely nothing to do with the Alien franchise. Enough of the gibberish please? Just because they made two films connecting them, it doesnt mean they are. They are two stand alone films based on a comic book series. End

  10. I have been a life long alien fan and waited for years
    for prometheus. When I found out Ridley was making it I
    was super excited. I found the movie to be excellent and
    am very excited for a sequel.

  11. The company sent the Nostromo to LV-426 to investigate the derelict because they knew “something” that has never been seen.
    The question is: How did the company knew about the xenomorph existance??

  12. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the home planet will be when they see their 2000 year old ship flown by Noomi arriving. I mean really, imagine us seeing a Egyptian chariot rushing down the middle of New York.:)

    To the author: you are correct that it’s impossible to determine the creators culture by this planet. Like the Captain said “it’s some military base” and like our Area 51 or Beale AFB one would be hard pressed to determine what the human culture is simply by looking at people on base. That engineer I suspect was military as was all of them sleeping. Somehow the Predator, Engineers and humans all have to be intertwined. I believe the Predators and Engineers are at war. Thus the Predators maad the aliens as a weapon? In response the Engineers made humans. This would partially answer why they didn’t visit us again. Anyone. We became a formidable adversary to both the Predators and Engineers and in turns the Aliens. I think both sides made something that got out of control.

  13. A galatical war between: Engineers, Xenomorphs, Predators and Humans would be great to see in a movie.

  14. How do we even know that the Engineers actually new what would be created from the black stuff in the first place. For all we know they may have been experimenting. There was no inkling of a prototype that turns out human from that stuff.They can make a sequel that can go any where from what we saw in the first movie.

    • well no. they have to fulfill our expectations to some degree.
      the question was never whether they created a human prototype either. the question was whether they started life on planet earth.

  15. Uhhh…

  16. Aliens (1986) was the best movie in the franchise…James Cameron masterpiece. The only thing i would change in the movie is the “tunnel scene”….Hudson should have died in the tunnel with Vasquez and Gorman should have been pulled by the alien warrior instead of Hudson.

    • That would have been quite a bit more epic for Hudson and Vasquez. I think the choice that was made was good though because we were able to care for Hudson a bit longer the way it turned out.

      About Aliens being the superior movie in the franchise. I agree that the incredibly intelligent choices that were made in putting it together are the main reason for why the franchise wont die. However I also feel strongly that Alien (numero uno) is just as worthy of our praise, though in a different way… it asked some pretty huge questions about Life (living things), which we as a society still haven’t found all the answers to.

      But if we can pinpoint the questions, then we can do it.

  17. I keep imagining a wonderful parallel universe where world hunger is abolished, the gap between rich and poor is non-existent and Prometheus was a cast-iron 100% prequel to Alien.

    Bliss…

    • I find your comment a bit random.
      I believe that I agree with your sentiment, however I fail to see where it fits into the thread that you replied to.

  18. Here’s my tip/ suggestion. Charlize didn’t die! We never saw her actually crushed. Injured, she just makes it to the new ship before it takes off, and David now must be loyal to her as she is her father’s heir.

  19. Enough already…”Let’s get it on”…G.G.s

  20. Where’s the fear? Somewhere along the way, non-linear writing has infected the storyline and killed the fear vibe. The original had the advantage of being able to hit you blindsided. That could still happen, but the writing is substandard to the original.

    • Good point! Linear storytelling is a lot more thrilling!

      I think that the problem that the movie industry is facing today is that audiences are just way too used to the way hollywood movies are told. Hollywood needs to realize that poetic logic is a lot more vast than standard hollywood logic.

      Going with this is a gamble but it will allow for audiences to actually feel genuine thrills again when they go to see a dramatic narrative in the theatre.

      • This makes a lot of sense. I think the people who are disappointing were expected a clean linear story similar to the classic. I’m much more interested in the big picture so I’m hooked on this new unraveling story telling story.

        • A linear, unraveling story…
          I’m interested in seeing what they go with for Paradise.
          Damn, I wish I could be a part of the process.

  21. I’ve been a huge fan of Scott’s movies I loved ALIEN it was one of the only movies that really scared me since then I’ve studied ufology and mainstream science for years now or should I say vrs each other ..I like how Prometheus was done.I always say I wished they would’ve done this or that to tie things together..I’ve always wanted to be part of the making of the movies to keep things fresh but authentic you know the things you can and can’t do recording to science or science fiction I would give anything to be part of the sequel to prometheus I believe that done right everything together and be an absolutely incredible movie.thank you Mr Ridley Scott for your movies for years it’s been a great pleasure to watch them.!

  22. I think Scott had better decide what story he wants to tell…a 2001 type “origin of man”, or an Alien sequel. Don’t say both…it didn’t work in Prometheus and now he has a mess to clean up.

  23. I wana know how the engineers and the aliens from predator are connected…the xenos have been connected to the predators nd npw the xenos hav been connected to engineers and at the end of predators the crazy survivor guy talks about a bigger predator species and something about a war…is all of this connected and if it is I WANA KNOW HOW

    • yeeah, I wanna know that too.
      But I don’t wanna know about that yet. First I want a couple of prometheus sequels to go off without the predator franchises interference.

      • It’s not likely that Ridley Scott has any interest in the AVP universe, as AVP is mostly considered to be spinoff fluff and not really worthy of inclusion in the Prometheus films.

        • I agree.

          the predator franchise is intellectual garbage compared to the alien franchise.

          although alien vs predator was pretty awesome :D

  24. Your joking RIGHT? OF COURSE WE WANT MORE OF THIS! ARE YOU INSANE? FEW MOVIES COMING OUT COME EVEN CLOSE TO THIS “GREAT FILM”!

  25. Prometheus is a murder. How the first script whithout ingeneer, without human origin, without a snake with a d*** face and need to go to 50 different bodys in 50 diffrent way to became something who’s look’s like a ALIEN, and s*** like this in this marvelous horrific movie coul’d happening to this ???
    Lindelof you’r a f**ki** as**le, and SCOTT, you lying to you’r fan, you’r lying to yourself on making this terrific s**t as ever and never.

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