A sequel to Prometheus. Now there is a phrase which will draw mixed emotions from many of us sc-fi aficionados.
The epically conceived semi-prequel to Alien did not quite live up to the expectations of over a 30 year wait, but none of us can criticise at least the audacity of Ridley Scott’s visionary attempt at re-re-imagining the genre.
Undoubtedly the bar was set high, not least by the visionary British Director himself. But like many films this year, including Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus was not only unable to live up to its predecessor, but the final cut also struggled to match the hype brought by excessive promotion and marketing.
It has not been a completely disastrous year though, as a handful of big budget films have made it though the tightly wound web of criticism and expectation. The Amazing Spider-Man is having a decent run at the box-office, The Hunger Games surprised many by being thoroughly enjoyable fare, and Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble will end up being one of the highlights of the year.
If we are talking impending Blockbusters, there are still a few more glimmers of light at the end of the cinematic tunnel too. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Superman: Man of Steel are both already showing promise. Also, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained looks set to be another quirky thrill-fest from the helmer of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. His latest starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio may even arrive on time (well, at least the first half of the film should).
There is also the Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle Looper still to look forward to, as well as Colin Farrell trying to make us forget Arnie in a remake of Total Recall and Jeremy Renner most likely forgetting who he is in The Bourne Legacy.
But just in case most of these potential crowd pleasers and money spinners do not quite bring us to the edge of our seats, let us give the unwavering Hollywood marketing machine a great big leg-up and look forward to the inevitable sequel to Prometheus, rumoured for release in 2014 or 2015.
So what do we know? There was talk of a sequel even before Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron hit our screens a month ago. Encouraging news includes both Fassbender and Rapace reprising their roles as the Ripley wannabe and the untrustworthy android head respectively. Theron will not return, as, just in case you forgot, she got squashed by a giant alien ship. But then again, it is Hollywood, so don’t rule her out completely just yet.
Good news or not, you decide: Lost scriptwriter Damon Lindeloff who was entrusted by Scott to pen the first instalment may not return, apparently due to other commitments. Early rumours suggest Fox are already in talks with alternative writers.
Prometheus grossed a respectable $300 million worldwide. No doubt both studio and director will be eager to surpass this figure and satisfy both critics and fans alike with a more ground-breaking instalment next time around in the potentially epic saga.
Although a sequel to Prometheus may be a year or two away, you will not have to wait long for Ridley Scott to return. His next project, The Counselor, is already in production. A stellar cast includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, John Leguizamo, and of course, Michael Fassbender.
Originally featured on WhatCulture!