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While director Ridley Scott is currently hard at work putting together all of the pieces to make The Martian, his next sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon, that doesn't mean that he isn't still thinking about the future of Prometheus. The project doesn't have a release date yet, but it has been making its way through development, and now the filmmaker has revealed an interesting new piece of info about what he has planned: there will be a new kind of alien.
Scott spoke about Prometheus 2 a bit recently while doing an interview with The Australian (via Bloody Disgusting), and in addition to saying that he wants to move away from "gods and dragons and shit," he also added that fans can expect a new kind of extraterrestrial life to pop up in the future film. Speaking to his desire to create something real and scary for the upcoming sequel, Scott told the newspaper,
"The alien’s real which is why it’s probably one of the scariest monsters in film history. So with Prometheus 2 what I’m trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act."
So what does that mean for the early Xenomorph that popped out at the end of Prometheus?
Asked about this creature by the newspaper, Ridley Scott admitted that it was fairly close to the same creature that was featured in the original Alien back in 1979 - but added that audiences can expect something different out of Prometheus 2.
It's not hard to appreciate that Ridley Scott wants to go in new directions with creature and alien design in Prometheus 2, and I look forward to seeing what kind of horrific creature the director and his team can come up with, but is anyone else at least kind of upset that we may not see further development of the Xenomorph? One can argue that the best parts of Prometheus were the ones that enhanced the Alien universe and made it bigger - and actively moving the sequel away from that kind of stuff isn't exactly what some fans want to hear. Hopefully the movie can reach some kind of middle ground that will appeal to both sides.
With The Martian locked in with a November 25, 2015 release date, it's entirely possible that Ridley Scott won't be able to sit down and really focus on Prometheus 2 until 2016- meaning that the film is likely about three years away. The good news is that's a lot of time to try and figure out exactly the best way to handle Alien and non-Alien elements in the movie. Hopefully that time is used well.