According to IGN, Ridley Scott has offered some more details on Alien: Paradise Lost. Now suggesting that he should have always been part of the sequels, the director said. “I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I’m gradually getting to Alien 1,” he said.
For sometime now, the director has been discussing how his continuation from Prometheus will sync back up with Alien, even suggesting at one point that it would take four movies (counting Prometheus) to get there. Now, he says, “There will be another one after that and then maybe we’ll back into Alien 1.” But all of the films — however many there end up being — will lead to Scott’s ultimate question: “Who would make such a dreadful thing?”
While it is unclear how recent Scott’s comments are — he refers to the film as Prometheus 2 at one point — a fresh pair of eyes will take a look at its script. First mentioned in a Variety article last week (via Slashfilm) which also refers to the Alien project under its Prometheus lineage, it appears screenwriter John Logan will help polish the Paradise Lost script before it heads into production in 2016. Logan previously co-wrote Gladiator for Scott. He also has story and screenplay credits on Spectre, Skyfall and the eventual twenty-fifth Bond film.
Alien: Paradise Lost arrives in theaters on May 30th, 2017.