Ridley Scott to Introduce New Alien in Prometheus 2
Many Alien fans were disappointed when rumors started to circulate that the infamous Xenomorph would not appear in Prometheus 2, even though the ending of the first film (spoiler!) played like an origin story of that iconic monster. Director Ridley Scott confirmed in a recent interview with The Australian that his next alien will be a complete departure from the Xenomorph family.
Regarding the villain of the next film in the series, Scott said, "It's fresh [and] getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I'm going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons. [The original Alien was] the definitive dragon and he's a mother. 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."
This sounds somewhat ambiguous, and like it leaves room for the possibility that the monster is still related to the original alien, but is a "fresher" take on it. But unfortunately for die-hard fans, this doesn't seem to be the case, as he went on to clarify that "the Prometheus 'baby' alien was awfully close to the [original] alien" and that the next one "promises to be very different."
Prometheus was a "pseudo-prequel" to the Alien series, as it did not involve the same characters but took place in a slightly different arena of the Alien universe, or "contained strands of DNA" from the Alien franchise, as Scott put it. There were high expectations for the film, but it fell somewhat flat, with critics and fans alike criticizing its hole-ridden plot and often overwrought philosophical themes (although I was a big fan of that horrifying C-section scene). Considering the tepid reception of the first film, it might be a risky move to move further away from the Alien franchise and the series' built-in fanbase.
Scott also confirmed that the script of the long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi classic Blade Runner is finished, and reassured fans that it's "really good."
Prometheus 2 is set to be released sometime in 2016.