UPDATE: Ridley Scott has announced that the title for Prometheus 2 will be Alien: Paradise Lost. Besides sounding incredibly pretentious, this makes a lot of sense from Fox’s standpoint. It’ll be a easier to market the direct connection to the Alien franchise, and if Fox really plans to move forward with Neill Blumpkin’s Aliens: Part Deux, it helps it tie in with the eventual shared universe that every film studio is chasing these days. I’ll say this: If Satan actually shows up in Alien: Paradise Lost, I’ll give the title a pass.

Prometheus 2 is happening, we’ve all known that, but if Ridley Scott finds out how to transfer his consciousness into a robot body, he’s talking about making two more sequels to his totally-not-a-remake-of-Alien series. Over at German website Film Futter, Scott talked about the future of the 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. “

I just can’t view Prometheus as anything but a quasi-remake of Alien, so hearing that Scott is intent on connecting these films to his original 1979 masterpiece is somewhat befuddling to me. But, Scott seems pretty adamant about it, as he goes on to assure that Prometheus and its sequels will eventually tie in to the regular Alien series:

“Yes, but it won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even another one before we get back into the Alien franchise.”

Look, I hope that Ridley Scott has found the Holy Grail and has pocketed it away so that he can live forever and keep making movies, but I sincerely doubt that Mr. Scott is the world’s only Highlander. At 77 years old, if the series is going to continue, I have to believe that it will be passed on to another director much like what happened with the Blade Runner sequel. And considering the incredibly mixed reception that Prometheus received, how long will Fox be willing to shell out money for these movies? Time will tell, but let’s see if Scott manages to win the fan community over with Prometheus 2: Squidbaby On the Move first.

Meanwhile, Neill Blomkamp gestates quietly inside of the chest of 20th Century Fox…

Thanks to Chewer Mr. White for sending this in!

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