Ridley Scott Reveals Next 'Prometheus' Sequel Title - 'Paradise Lost'

"Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven." So it seems Ridley Scott really did catch the sci-fi bug again, and after all the good buzz about his new film The Martian, he seems happy as ever to continue with the Prometheus sequel. In an interview with HeyUGuys discussing The Martian, Ridely reveals that it's not really Prometheus 2 it's actually - Alien: Paradise Lost. Now we've known for a little while that Scott is working on this sequel next, letting Denis Villeneuve take over Blade Runner, and Neill Blomkamp work on what's currently being referred to as "Alien 5". But what's with the new title? Not much else is explained.

This scoop comes from HeyUGuys, where they include the actual video clip of Ridley revealing this to them.

That's all there is, unfortunately. He does confirm a connection to Milton's epic poem. "So - the poem is a book. It sounds intellectual, but there's a similarity to it, that's where it stops." John Milton's Paradise Lost is a classic piece of English literature that examines "the Biblical story of the Fall of Man." Our friends at SlashFilm point out a different quote from Ridley Scott about where this Prometheus sequel might be headed: "You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where's the big boy?" So they're still searching for the question of who or what made us/everything, and it seems that's where the Paradise Lost connection may be from. Very interesting.

Earlier this year, Blomkamp confirmed that his Alien movie won't "tread on the toes" of the Prometheus sequel, but he did have to make one change at Ridley's request. There's also word that Ridley is demanding that this movie come first before Blomkamp's, and perhaps we'll find out why once it hits theaters and we learn about the film's place within the timeline of the bigger Alien universe. At the moment, Fox has Prometheus 2, or Alien: Paradise Lost, scheduled for release in May of 2017. That's two more years to wait, and two more years of developments and interesting reveals as we find out how this storyline will continue.

Update! In a separate interview, ComingSoon got Ridley Scott to reveal a few more details about the new title. It's not anything more, but he does clarify. Why is it called Alien: Paradise Lost? "Well, because we're heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented," Scott said at The Martian premiere. "We'll go back into the back door of the very first Alien that I did thirty years ago." So it sounds like he's still teasing that direct connection to the first Alien movie he made in 1979, which didn't really connect in the way anyone thought during the first Prometheus. Maybe it will make more sense this time around. The "why", "how", "when" aspect does make me wonder if they're headed to another planet. Only time will tell.