Like It Or Not, PROMETHEUS 2 Is Coming

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
One of the most divisive films of last year was Ridley Scott's Prometheus. Hey, only kidding - after the Phantom Menace-eqsue want-it-to-be-good spark faded from our eyes, most of us had to admit it wasn't very good and didn't make a lot of sense. Back here at Twitch, founder and editor Todd Brown wrote a critical open letter to the screenwriter Damon Lindelof, and we all (except for the crazy Dutchman, Ard) grasped our copies of Alien tightly and collectively wiped our memories of the experience - dismissing the film as a cryo-sleep fever dream that Ripley may have had in stasis between the events of Alien and Aliens.

But now comes confirmation from Prometheus lead actress and Sigourney Weaver cipher Noomi Rapace that the mooted sequel is definitely on the way, with a script seemingly in a fairly advanced stage of writing. 

In an interview with The Playlist, Rapace said, "They're working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It's just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will." While this sounds vague, it also sounds like it's couched in the Hollywood language of non-commitment which the first film swam in until confirming point-for-point everything that had previously been reported. In addition, Rapace has subsequently told another writer the script is "incredible".

No word as to who is writing this time round, although Lindelof has already counted himself out.
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  • per eriksson

    Wow, really lot of hate for Prometheus. I enjoyed it, thought it was entertaining and I didn't expect a Alien prequel per se that everyone else did. Thought that my countryman(woman?) Noomi Rapace fared well in her role and the fact that she knew very little english before filming I think she did a good job. She has a though physical energy/intensity that equals Sigouney Weaver in the first Alien movie. I totally agree with Mr. Cavin on the comparison to Argo (see Syriana instead) and Lincoln, I hate those bloated/historical rearranging movies too.

  • trololololololol

    Prometheus was turning point for me, because ive never been annoyed or taken out of a movie from plot holes or characters being stupid. I had trouble with this movie suspending my disbelief because of how unintelligent some of the people seem

  • Pat

    The Alien franchise is one of the grand daddies of parasitic horror. What made the original one work was the fact that the organism life cycle was logical and believable. Egg, larva, implantation, gestation, mature/sexual stage of organism, queen, and then back to egg. I believe the original writers had knowledge of this when they wrote it. You don't have to be a Vet Tech to understand this, because even the average person even knows this cycle, or at least can follow it. Many parasites in real life can only infect the host at certain stages of their life cycle. And what made it more confusing is we were shown multiple types organisms and weren't told clearly if they were related or not. (I think they where though) Also, remember there was more than one type of goo in the film too.

  • Matthew Messerly

    With Damon Lindelof not involved the sequel has a chance....right? ....right? Please God tell me I'm right.

  • Mr. Cavin

    I'd have said that Prometheus was divisive. Not between people who thought it was good and those who thought it was bad, but between people who thought it was bad and people who just didn't care. I thought it was awesome. It fulfilled much of my desire to see gory organic structures fight people in glowing spacesuits. Just writing that sentence makes me want to see the sequel. I don't really care how sensible and important the script around the spacesuits ends up being. In an environment where I am routinely expected to manufacture my emotional investment in whatever is the computer spectacle of the day--wizards vs. orcs? racist blue aliens? pretension vs. Gotham City?--they've finally lit upon a formula in which I'm willing to meet the movie way more than halfway. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

  • hutch

    p.s.s. Regardless of whatever anyone has to say about the films as whole, Ian McKellen as Gandalf is kicking ass and chewing bubblegum simultaneously.

  • Mr. Cavin

    Ha. I think if you go back and carefully parse the point I'm trying to make, you'll discover that I'm in no way claiming Prometheus is particularly smart or ambiguous. In the relationship I'm illustrating, you are the person who thinks it's a bad movie, and I am the person who just doesn't care. I understand your point. I understand that these implausibilities of plot and character are deal breakers for you. But for me, this kind of expedient silliness just adds to the delight of seeing such saturated pulp richness on the big screen again. Ultimately it does not fulfill whatever earnest and geekly demands I'd have imposed on an Alien prequel when I was ten, no. But it does fulfill my rather more compelling adult desire to see Ridley Scott remake Planet of the Vampires or a particularly gruesome episode of Space 1999.

    PS, I didn't mean to indicate that the aliens in Avatar were the elements of that plot that acted the most racist. I meant to say flat out that their creation itself was racism. They are racist aliens, just like Jawas and the bad guys from Flash Gordon are racist elements. I can see how my sentence actually was ambiguous, though. Sorry for the confusion

  • hutch

    With a budget that big (and a film taking itself that seriously) you're not allowed plot holes or stupid characters. As marshottentot said so succintly, that's what Corman films are for. And I own every single one of Shout Factory's Corman's Classics, so I've got my fill. Ridley Scott should know better.

  • hutch

    oh. my bad. I was like "dude (or dudette) is waaay off course with 'Dances with Smurfs'...er...I mean 'Avatar'.

  • Mr. Cavin

    Don't worry about it. Anybody woulda gone there, I was very unclear.

  • MarsHottentot

    I get what you're saying entirely, though I couldn't bring myself to shell out the twelve smackers for it when I could watch Corman do the same thing online for virtually nothing. And with no pretension of being anything else.

  • Mr. Cavin

    I get that. I felt the same thing about Lincoln, for example. I will not suffer through another biopic Oscar grab where history has been relegated to the beats and embellishments of fiction. Now I realize that Lincoln is supposed to be an excellent movie, but I just can't do bloated, portentous historical epics anymore--especially in the computer age. But many people thought it was the best movie of the year. Fine! Or how about Argo? Was that pretentious? Half of the movie was invented to provide for action and drama and pacing, while the other half was just filled with factual errors. All of it was tucked into a neat little propaganda about American exceptionalism. Still, people are falling all over themselves about these movies.

    Meanwhile, if Corman was still churning-out Galaxy of Terror sequels, those would cost just as much to see in the theater as this movie did. And believe me when I say that I'd be in line to see those too (and their DVDs would sit on my shelf right beside Prometheus some day). I did not find the Ridley Scott movie to be particularly pretentious--no moreso than any of the other sci-fi movies I'm comparing it to (and not more than Kingdom of Heaven or Gladiator, either). Did it take its subject seriously? Maybe, maybe not. To me the movie seemed very much like a bunch of astronauts mutating and getting burned up and stuff. To me that's all in good fun, not pretentious at all. I'd be just as happy to watch the movie with the sound off, though--or better, dubbed into to Russian or something, where I can still get the awesome soundtrack and foley and effects. But that still means I dig it more than the Lincolns and Argos of this world.

  • hutch

    Nay. Those film's budgets would be nowhere near Prometheus levels. Not if Corman was producing.

  • The pretentiousness of Prometheus isn't so much in the on screen product - though there's some there - but more in the months and months and months of pre-release build up that featured Scott, Lindelof et al congratulating themselves for creating such an intelligent, challenging work of art that dared to ask the big questions when they were actually delivering total pulp. And when people pointed out that the characters were wafer thin and there were plot holes everywhere the basic response boiled down to "But we hired a LINGUIST!"

    They completely and utterly failed to deliver the smart, challenging movie that they had promised to people for AGES before this came out.

  • hutch

    Oh, I see. And I agree. I never saw any preproduction stuff. Only the trailer. But contrary to what Mr. Cavin is trying to prove (sorry, dude) but Prometheus was not a 'fun romp', the filmmakers where indeed taking the project as serious art and failed miserably. How anyone could try to prove otherwise is beyond me. There wasn't a fun moment in the film, in fact I was genuinely mad at Ridley Scott for wasting my money and time and the writer for being so obnoxiously vague. I haven't heard his take on it all, but if the writer is pulling that "Oh, my genius is lost on these peons' bullshit, he can kiss my masters-degree-in-a-field-that-isn't-art-havin' ass.
    Furthermore, any film that needs a 4 disc box set to explain itself is a total failure.

  • hutch

    I have a masters but I wrote 'where' instead of 'were'. We can safely say my degree is not in English.

  • Mr. Cavin

    Oh yeah, I am totally limiting my opinion to what I see on the screen. I pay very little attention to the spin of PR departments anymore, and that's frankly because I've been burned once too many times in the expectations zone, too. I've long since stopped expecting creators to understand the impact or importance of their own work, and I never thought artistic intent was a very persuasive side to an argument, anyway. I have a beautiful piece in the den that was painted by a chimpanzee, for example. Who cares what Ridley Scott thinks about the movie? To me it was a Basil Wolverton comic.

  • Mr. Cavin

    You know, I've been thinking of this movie mostly in terms of Planet of the Vampires because of its theme, but honestly it more closely resembles the original Planet of the Apes in tone and intelligence (or lack thereof). At least I feel like I can argue their relationship. Apes is also a silly, melodramatic sci-fi blast with remarkable construction and a serious tone, tackling bigish ideas in a crazy, funky, pulpy kind of way. I don't feel like it's stupid or pretentious, either. I think it's great.

  • Ding, ding! A winner! It was the pretension that was the killer.

  • hutch

    I can live with the pretension but not the stupidity. How is it possible for a filmmaking team to sit back and allow such a deluge of stupidity manifest itself onscreen? And in the Alien universe no less.

  • hutch

    The blue aliens are the racist ones? Ha ha. Pro-Promethus people are an amusing bunch. Well, here's a couple tips for ya: if you're scared shit-less about galavanting on a foreign planet, when you actually arrive don't touch the wildlife. Also, if a giant wheel comes at you DO NOT run in tandem with it. Simply step aside and let it roll past. Furthermore if you got two chicks in a film and have only one sex scene choose Charlize Theron to be in it. I could go on, but we all know the rest.

    p.s.

    sometimes ambiguous = lazy, not smart.

  • Ryan

    Prometheus is part 1 in a series of sequels that will eventually lead up to Alien. Many people don't understand this. People think "Oh yeah this is it, it was just a quasi-prequel to Alien in its own universe with sequels that will follow in the same light." Hell no! Prometheus is part 1 of what is to come. Ridley Scott has conveyed how much he wants to connect his franchise as a pre-storied franchise to the Alien franchise. One day we are bound to see the derelict ship land on LV-426 and see the Space Jockey burst open an Alien. It would be stupid for Ridley Scott to never reveal this. All this story in Prometheus to something and in my personal opinion I'd love to see a species war between the Engineers and the bio-weapons they created on their own planet. Shaw and David descend in their ship onto the Engineer planet only to fall into complete chaos. A species war and a race of time for mankind.

  • hutch

    If this was a taste of things to come then gouge my eyeballs out now.

  • loci

    Everybody knows this was just part 1. The story isn't really the issue. Their problem is all the stupidity in the film, for example the mapping guy getting lost etc etc
    The lack of character development, also a problem. We didn't care who lived or died.
    Prometheus was void of everything that made Alien great.

  • Snoop Lion

    Good point.

  • Blob

    Everything made sense unless you need to be spoonfeeded.
    I weep for this generation.

  • loci

    It's spoon-fed. I weep for your undereducated generation.

  • Yar.

    About as much sense as your use of 'spoonfeeded', yes.

  • hutch

    ha ha ha. F*cking hilarious.

  • Blob

    Article writer is retarded. Prometheus was a masterpiece and is certified fresh with a higher RottenTomatoes score then the Hobbit.
    It was divisive, so you are a liar. And a hater.
    Sorry you didn't understand it. Stick with Transformers.

  • Sean Smithson

    You can stick with Rotten Tomatoes. Bonus points for being someone who uses words like "hater" and the ever enchanting "retarded". Next we'll be a bunch of "fags" here or something.

  • hutch

    Ooooh the tomatoes told you it was good? Ha ha. Pro-Promethus people please make a facebook page where you can collectively call the rest of us 'stupid haters'. ha ha. so fucking juvenile.

  • It is funny that you reference Transformer as Prometheus is the thinking man's film for people who like Transformers. It pretended to be smart. It obviously convinced some people its smart. But it isn't. Its about as smart as Transformers.

  • Blob

    No, it was smart. Don't complain because things went over your head

  • MarsHottentot

    Let's hear all about it, Blob. Explain to these knuckle dragging troglodytes what their peanut sized brains couldn't handle that you and Lindelof, with your superior brain functions, grasped with ease. Please.

  • hutch

    You know what wasn't smart? Any of the stupid ass characters in that shitty, nonsensical, HBO original sci-fi from the 90s crapfest that fanboys give an automatic thumbs up to because it had Ridley Scott's name attached.

    Can you enlighten the rest of us to the finer points of the film?

  • RawBeard

    None of it went over my head, Yes it had some nice ideas and it tried to be smart but sadly with massive plot holes and cliche horror film tropes that failed to deliver an entertaining film. It looked nice though.

  • Snoop Lion

    The first Transformers was fantastic so I'll gladly take your advice. Also, there's no hate in my story - just disappointment. I'm generally a forgiving viewer if a film achieves its own aims. However (as Todd has previously said) Prometheus didn't really answer any of the Big Questions it set out to - unless oblique, opaque answers (where the viewer has to make more effort than the movie does) count - so the movie fails on its own ambitions.

  • Yar.

    Better than The Hobbit is not much of a recommendation. The Hobbit is mediocre at best, with an incredibly clumsy script, bland actors and no sense of pace or character to the edit at all.

  • It's still better than Resurrection and the AvPs.

  • RawBeard

    I liked more of Resurrection than I did Prometheus

  • jacklaughing

    So is anal cancer. You don't see me running out to get any of that though.

  • Blob

    It's better than Aliens too

    you mad, Avatar boy?

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