Doing the rounds for his latest film The Martian, Ridley Scott has told us that the next film in the Prometheus saga will be called Alien: Paradise Lost.
Building on the literary heritage of the previous film the allusion to John Milton is certain to have implications for the film’s plot. Dealing with the Fall of Man, Milton’s epic poem deals with the fall of Satan and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden – the loss of innocence and a terrifying, irreversible act is surely going to be a factor in the journey towards the events of Alien.
Of Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
The opening of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
We recently learned that Scott was looking at numerous Prometheus sequels, all leading up to the first Alien film, and with Neill Blomkamp’s highly-anticipated Alien 5 due to start production shortly there’s going to be a lot more xenomorphic fun coming our way.
Here’s the clip of Scott revealing the title to Stefan Pape,
UPDATE: Never ones to miss a good thing we caught up with the director again this evening at the Premiere for The Martian where he expands on the title he revealed.
We spoke with the director ahead of the European premiere of The Martian this evening, check back for our interviews there later, and click below to hear Ridley Scott talk about making The Martian an accessible film, working with NASA, sending it to the ISS and much more. He also talks about the handing over the reins of the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel and, of course, Alien: Paradise Lost.
The Martian is out in UK cinemas on the 30th of September. Our review is here.
Perhaps we can expect Alien Paradise Regained at some point? Alien Odyssey? Alien War and Peace? Exciting times.