Director Ridley Scott certainly has plenty of pots on the metaphorical filmmaking fire right now, what with his Christian Bale-starring Exodus: Gods And Kings set to hit theaters later this year and pre-production (and casting buzz) amping up on his The Martian (his Matt-Damon-goes-to-space science fiction actioner), but all anyone really wants to know is what’s up with a pair of his long-gestating sequels.
Scott has never been reticent about chatting about the next entry in the Alien franchise, a planned sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, which was in turn a prequel to his 1979 Alien, but he hasn’t exactly flooded the wire with compelling details. Until now. Scott tells Yahoo UK that work on the next Prometheus (Preq-etheus?) is moving right along, sharing that, “Right now, as we speak, it’s been written…I’ve had 15 drafts evolving. I definitely want to do that again because I really enjoyed doing Prometheus.”
One thing the latest draft won’t feature? Xenomorphs—you know, the signature alien from the Alien franchise. Scott explains, “The beast is done. Cooked…I got lucky meeting [designer H.R.] Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic.’”
He continued, “But after four [as Yahoo UK notes, Scott seems to have purposely forgotten the Alien Vs. Predator films], I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”
Right then, so no obscene snarling in the next Alien film, but maybe more Engineers. Perhaps it’s time to invest in blue body paint.
Elsewhere in the Scott-verse, the director is still invested in another one of his most famous stars: Harrison Ford. Aside from the next Prometheus, Scott is also pushing a follow-up to his 1982 Blade Runner. Star Ford has long been rumored to return—and Scott has made no bones about pushing for the actor to come back to play Rick Deckard in the film—but it appears that things are still dependent on Ford’s Star Wars schedule.
“It’s on the charts,” Scott promises. “I can’t say when that would be yet, because of [Ford’s] thing with Star Wars. It’s a sequel, it’s what happens next. It’s quite surprisingly clever.”
The pair have at least met to chat about the film, as Scott adds that he saw Ford the night before his accident on the Star Wars: Episode VII set. “We met the night before he had the accident, so I hope I had nothing to do with it,” Scott said.
Let’s also hope that that the script had nothing to do with it.