After failing miserably at creating a Robin Hood franchise, Ridley Scott turned his attention to maybe his finest work, the 1979 classic Alien. The subsequent prequel Prometheus, had more hype surrounding it than a Mike Tyson comeback. The result is what most of us have come to expect from Scott; good, but nothing special
Of course, that didn’t stop every cave dwelling sci-fi fan on Earth putting on their outdoor pants and venturing to the local IMAX to see it. And, after taking a respectable $300 million at the box office, 20th Century Fox have given the British director what he has always wanted: a big fat sweaty franchise that he can ruin beyond all recognition.
Emma Watts, who is the president of production for Fox confirmed the news.
She said: “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it.”
Apparently star Noomi Rapace and the excellent Michael Fassbender are scheduled to return for the next instalment. And, while Fassbender’s character may not have the legs to carry a sequel all of on his own, I actually thought Rapace was very good in the lead, despite the Swedish actress being criticised for not being strong enough.
Scott’s disastrous outing in Sherwood Forest with Russell Crowe, where he spent $200 million on a Robin Hood backstory, did not deter him from leaving the end of Prometheus open, basically saying..to be continued. Fortunately, the gamble paid off.
There is still no news as to whether Scott does indeed intend to go ahead with plans for a sequel to his other classic sci-fi Blade Runner. But, after the success of Prometheus and the green lit sequel, it would surprise no one if that project too came to fruition.