Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus And Blade Runner Sequels

Michael Fassbender in Prometheus
(Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

With Prometheus, Ridley Scott returned to the frightening film universe he originated with Alien and gave us another out of this world badass broad to admire in Miss Elizabeth "I Will Perform My Own Alien Abortion" Shaw. As the sort-of prequel drew to a close, Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) packed up the parts of the duplicitous android David (Michael Fassbender), and set out to parts unknown to search for the Engineers with big questions and a mysterious fate ahead of her. Basically, it was the perfect jumping off point for a Prometheus 2.

Though the film divided critics and sci-fi fans, its box office totals (over $400 million worldwide and counting) urged Twentieth Century Fox to commit to a sequel with Fassbender and Rapace attached to star. But if you think this tells you all you need to know about part two, Scott laughs at you. Speaking with Metro, he explains:

"Prometheus evolved into a whole other universe. You’ve got a person with a head in a bag that functions and has an IQ of 350. It can explain to her how to put the head back on the body and she’s gonna think about that long and hard because, once the head is back on his body, he’s dangerous."

So even though she saved his—um—life, it seems rather than devoted robot bestie, David will be a threat to Elizabeth once more. However, when asked if "that's the sequel?" Scott laughed, then confessed, "I wish it was that easy. They’re going off to paradise but it could be the most savage, horrible place," adding cryptically, "Who are the Engineers?"

He went on to speak to his preference for digital filmmaking, and his interest in 3D, and blending physically constructed sets with CGI-elements. So, it's safe to assume the film's sequel would be similarly made, in-keeping with look and feel of its predecessor. But Prometheus 2 isn't the only sequel Scott is developing. He also confirmed a sequel to his beloved 1982 thriller Blade Runner, declaring:

"It’s not a rumor – it’s happening. With Harrison Ford? I don’t know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don’t know how long he can live [laughs]. And that’s all I’m going to say at this stage."

While some will surely groan at the idea of a sequel thirty-some years later, I say if Scott can offer as interesting a story and as enveloping a world as he did in Prometheus, he'll have plenty of moviegoers ready to return to Blade Runner's dystopian future, myself included.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.