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‘Prometheus’ Sequels Will Explain Where Aliens Came From

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You see, when a male Xenomorph and a Queen Xenomorph love each other very, very much… Hopefully Ridley Scott will have a more eloquent explanation for the origins of the terrifying aliens designed by H.R. Giger, as the director has revealed that his Prometheus sequels will shine some light on where the mysterious creatures come from. Scott will have some additional assistance in that regard, as Spectre writer John Logan has come aboard to revise the screenplay for the sequel.

In an extensive piece covering Scott’s recent receipt of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Variety (via Slashfilm) reports that Logan has been tapped to help revise the screenplay for the Prometheus sequel, titled Alien: Paradise Lost. Logan has an interesting array of screenwriting credits, including Spectre, Skyfall and The Last Samurai, and has been Oscar-nominated for his work on Gladiator, The Aviator and Hugo.

So far, we know that Alien: Paradise Lost is more of a direct prequel to the Alien franchise, and will feature Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s David as they continue their journey in search of the Engineers’ home planet. Scott recently revealed that they’ll encounter a new group of travelers along the way, and in a new interview with IGN, Scott offered another interesting plot development:

Prometheus 2 will start getting shot in February and I’ve already begun now so I know what the script is. Then there will be another one after that and then maybe we’ll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?

Scott previously announced that he has more than one Prometheus sequel in the works, with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel on hold for the time being (though Fox has given him another sci-fi project to work on). Scott explained that he regrets stepping away from the Alien franchise, and is hoping to right the ship, so to speak:

I’m trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one [Alien] get away from me – I shouldn’t have… 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.

Alien: Paradise Lost begins filming in February and arrives in theaters on May 30, 2017.

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