It’s been a while since we had any sort of update on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2. Last we heard there will be multiple David’s, there will be a brand new alien, and the original David, played by Michael Fassbender, will be very dangerous.
Prometheus 2 also had a penciled in release date of 4th March 2016, but since Scott moved on to direct The Martian, there is no chance in hell Prometheus 2 will be ready for this date.
An article on Total Film about The Martian states that Prometheus 2 will begin shooting in January 2016, so if this turns out to be true, then Prometheus 2 will likely be in cinemas in 2017.
However, that statement by Total Film has not been confirmed, and there is still the issue of Scott wanting to produce the Blade Runner sequel (which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve), which is now in pre-production. Plus, Fox have snapped up the rights to Don Winslow’s crime thriller, The Cartel, with Scott possibly onboard to direct.
The other great big issue is that Neill Blomkamp is currently in pre-production on his Alien 5, a film which had to slightly change its approach as to not interfere with Scott’s Prometheus films. Scott is also producing Alien 5 as he loves Blomkamp’s ideas, and with the film expected in cinemas in 2017, it would seem odd that Fox want two Alien films released in the same year.
Either way, until we hear any different, the word is that Prometheus 2 starts shooting in less than a year, so it is time to start getting excited again.
While Prometheus did have its problems, it was still a damn fine sci-fi picture, and proved that when he was on form, very few directors could come anywhere near the masterful skills that Scott has in the sci-fi genre.
Personally, I would welcome Alien 5 and Prometheus 2 in the same year.