The general critical response to Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s crime/thriller experiment, The Counselor (read our review), is even more polarizing than that for Scott’s last film, Prometheus. A sequel to the latter – a conventional Alien prequel that evolved into the start of a new branch for the sci-fi/horror franchise – has been slower to develop than originally anticipated, following Damon Lindelof’s departure as screenwriter (so he can concentrate his time and effort on Brad Bird’s upcoming Disney sci-fi feature, Tomorrowland).

A new writer for the Prometheus sequel was announced this past summer, but there’s been no update on the project’s development since then. Meanwhile, Scott has pressed ahead with casting for his retelling of the Moses story, Exodus, for a Winter 2014 release date.

During a press conference for The Counselor, Scott confirmed that the Prometheus sequel “is being written right now,” presumably by the same up-and-coming screenwriter who entered talks some fourth months ago, Jack Paglen. The project is expected to feature Scott back in the director’s chair (in addition to one of the producers’), as Prometheus lead Noomi Rapace has revealed that she’s already met with the filmmaker about the sequel.

The Prometheus followup is expected to follow Rapace’s character, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and the damaged, but still-functioning android David (Counselor star Michael Fassbender) – now freed from his responsibility to serve his creator, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) – on a new space odyssey to the home world of the mysterious Engineers, a planet known as Paradise (named in honor of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost).

Rumor has it that youngster Rik Barnett (Rebels Without a Clue) has been approached by Scott to play a key supporting role in the sequel, which has fueled speculation about the time jump between the events in Prometheus and the next installment (among other things). One plausible theory is that the sequel will revolve around a different mission sponsored by Weyland Industries – or perhaps the newly-formed Weyland-Yutani Corporation featured in the previous Alien movies – to determine what happened to the Prometheus crew.

It seems highly unlikely right now that Scott won’t end up directing the Prometheus sequel, but that will also depend on whether or not Paglen completes a script draft that pleases Scott before Michael Green (Green Lantern) finishes putting together a screenplay for the Blade Runner sequel. Scott is also developing the latter as a potential directing vehicle for himself, having already met and begun early talks with Harrison Ford about having the acting veteran appear in the film.

Whatever your feelings about Scott’s last two films are, there’s no denying that he’s managed to re-energize his career with Prometheus and The Counselor, after years of making solid, if unremarkable fare that prompted far less passionate responses, good and bad. With a Biblical epic and potentially sequels to both his other famous sci-fi classic and his most divisive sci-fi film in the works, it’s a fair bet that cinephiles aren’t going to be done enthusiastically debating his movies anytime soon. What else can a seasoned artist (whose legacy has long been established) ask for?

We’ll let you know more about the Prometheus sequel when we do.

Source: Yahoo! Movies UK