Seemingly out of nowhere, Ridley Scott has apparently revealed the somewhat unexpected title of his sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. Speaking to the website HeyUGuys while promoting his upcoming film The Martian, Scott said the Prometheus follow-up now is called Alien: Paradise Lost.
That by itself is practically a spoiler, indicating the film is more directly connected to the Alien universe than was its predecessor. “Prometheus 2 is not really what it’s going to be,” Scott said. “It’s going to be Alien: Paradise Lost.” He explained in the interview that the film will be more a prequel to 1979’s Alien, examining the “why and how the beast was invented.” Further, the allusion to the poem by John Milton is intentional, with Scott saying that there will be “really a similarity” between it and the film.
Yes, he might not have been serious about the title, though the concept is intriguing. It will be some time before Scott gets to work on the sequel-not-sequel to Prometheus however, but Scott’s far more optimistic tale involving space travel, The Martian starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, hits theaters October 2.