During the in depth ‘Prometheus’ chat that a few of us had for the most recent Awards Circuit Power Hour Podcast (found here), one thing that came up a bit was the possibilities that a sequel would hold for the movie. Since recording that, I’ve started thinking more and more about that, and I honestly can’t decide if I even want to see ‘Prometheus 2′ (or more likely a far more original title) in a few years. Maybe I just feel a bit let down by what turned out to only be a good film, and not a great one? Whatever the case may be, it’s strange that in a week where I haven’t batted an eye at unneeded sequels to ‘Eastern Promises’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ coming down the pike, this far more interesting and ambitious flick is the one I’m hesitant to embrace seeing more of. It really should be the other way around (especially since ‘Prometheus’ was always conceived as the first of a two part project, so I should have made peace with this a long time ago, regardless of the film’s quality). Ironically, I can only think of a few ways that a sequel would be worthwhile to me, whereas I think those other projects have a lot of other directions they could go in, potentially with interesting results. There may be something to the idea of ‘Prometheus’ fatigue after all. Anyway, after the jump I’ll get into the way that Ridley Scott and whomever scripts the potential sequel (hopefully neither Damon Lindelof nor Jon Spaihts), but mostly I want to know what you guys think. Let me know in the comments section, but for now, check out my thoughts below…and of course, beware of some level of spoilers if you’ve yet to see the flick. Consider yourself hereby warned…
The one thing I’d like the next film to do is to more clearly decide if it’s an ‘Alien’ prequel or not. One of my big issues with ‘Prometheus’ was that the prequel elements and the original adventure tale elements didn’t mesh well together, and it dilutes both. The likely story of the sequel would dovetail into ‘Alien’ (as is the stated intention, I believe), but if they’re going to do that, they should just out and out do it. Otherwise, we could get another muddled mess. I liked Scott’s direction, he just needs a better script, one that doesn’t appear to be at war with itself, presumably unencumbered by Spaihts wanting a full on ‘Alien’ prequel and Lindelof aiming for something way on the other end of the spectrum). What could that wind up looking like? Well, let’s get into that now.
Where we were left in the story when the credits ran, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the head of the android David (Michael Fassbender) were headed off to presumably find the home world of the Engineers. At the same time, the bioweapon that the Engineers had developed (the precursor to the Xenomorph from ‘Alien’ and beyond) was evolving after the organism removed from Shaw merged with an Engineer, creating the type of “alien” that would eventually terrorize Sigourney Weaver. The assumption is that it will hitchhike along and cause problems for Shaw, but it’s handled in such a blase way that it doesn’t whet your appetite one bit. What I’d like to see them actually do is have Shaw and David meet more of the Engineers and have to work with them to contain a threat by the still evolving Xenomorph, leading to a downed craft on the planet that the Nostromo would eventually visit. I know it’s not the most amazing idea, but it’s indicative of the odd taste left in my mouth by ‘Prometheus’ that I’m not obsessing over the possibilities (there are dozens of other articles elsewhere on the web more focused on that). Maybe another viewing will change my mind, but right now I’m rather indifferent to the idea of a sequel.
Anywho, it’s time for you all to have your say on the matter. Do you even want to see a sequel to ‘Prometheus’? Are you happy leaving things off as is? Were you let down by the flick, or did it meet your expectations? Have at it!
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