Ridley Scott is currently on the promotional trail with his intense crime thriller THE COUNSELOR. The film was released in the US on Friday but has failed to connect with audiences despite an outstanding, all-star ensemble led by the brilliant Michael Fassbender. Now with that film almost out of the way (although it’s still to be released in a number of territories including here in the UK), eyes again are beginning to turn on another Fassbender/Scott reunion – a sequel to Scott’s ALIEN prequel PROMETHEUS.
The film may have rubbed up a number of people up the wrong way (yes, a number plot developments may have been a little dumb) but I firmly believe it’s a dazzling and daring sci-fi thriller, so I was desperate to see the further adventures of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and droid David (Fassbender) as they search for more ‘Engineer’ answers. Things have certainly been quiet since TRANSCENDENCE scribe Jack Paglen was named as new screenwriter in July. However, during a press junket for THE COUNSELOR, the iconic director was asked about the state of the sequel, thought to be titled PARADISE, and how far it’s off development.
Scott gave a short, yet assured answer:
PROMETHEUS is being written right now! Number 2!
Scott is expected to make biblical epic EXODUS his next directing gig before moving on to a sequel to his sci-fi cult classic BLADE RUNNER. Could PROMETHEUS 2/PARADISE then follow? We hope so.