‘The Beast is Done’: Don’t Expect Xenomorphs in ‘Prometheus 2’


Don't Expect Xenomorphs in Prometheus 2
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The Prometheus 2 — he said, “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row, but they’re all written.” It seems when he used the word “all” he either wasn’t being all inclusive or when he said “written” he only meant they had a draft, but not a final version, because he now seems to be suggesting the screenplay for Prometheus 2 is still in the works after 15 drafts.

Speaking with Yahoo about his new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, the conversation turned to his pipeline features and when it comes to the sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel he said, “Right now, as we speak, it’s being written. I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing Prometheus.”

The meaty quote that has the Internet on fire, however, has to do with the H.R. Giger creations, the xenomorph aliens to which Scott says:

The beast is done. Cooked. I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic’. But after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.

Personally I like this idea, even though Scott teased the birth of a xenomorph at the end of Prometheus, Elizabeth Shaw’s (Noomi Rapace) was taking her off that planet, expanding the story beyond what we’ve seen in the four Alien films. After all, with four Alien films and two Alien vs. Predator films isn’t it about time we move on?

As for the fate of Prometheus 2, right now I have it in the database with a March 4, 2016 release date, but at this point I feel like that’s wishful thinking. Scott appears to be doing The Martian next and then it will either be Prometheus 2 or the Blade Runner sequel of which Scott also mentioned to Yahoo saying, “It’s on the charts. I can’t say when that would be yet, because of [Harrison Ford‘s] thing with Star Wars. It’s a sequel – it’s what happens next. It’s quite surprisingly clever.”

Apparently the last time Scott spoke with Ford was just before his injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and with casting on The Martian ramping up it would appear they won’t be talking much about it for a couple more months at the very least. Stay tuned…

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