Ridley Scott on ‘Prometheus 2’: ‘It’s being written right now’

'Prometheus sequel was confirmed in August 2012 but since then progress has been slow

Director Ridley Scott has given an update on Prometheus 2.

Released in June 2012, Prometheus was conceived as a sort of prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic Alien. Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace starred as members of a spaceship crew attempting to prevent the extinction of the human race. The film received a somewhat mixed response from critics and sci-fi fans but performed well at the box office, grossing over $400 million (£255 million) worldwide.

20th Century Fox gave Prometheus 2 the go-ahead in August 2012 but since then progress seems to have been slow. However, Scott insisted the sequel is still in the works at a press conference to promote his new movie The Counsellor, Metro reports, telling journalists: “Prometheus is being written right now. Number two.”

Prometheus had a script rewritten by Lost creator Damon Lindelof from an original draft by Jon Spaihts, but Lindelof has confirmed he is not involved in the sequel. This June (2013) it was reported that up-and-coming sci-fi screenwriter Jack Paglen was in negotiations to pen the screenplay for Prometheus 2.

Noomi Rapace spoke about Prometheus 2 in February of this year, telling The Playlist: “They’re working on the script. I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It’s just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will.” Both she and Fassbender are contracted to return for a second film.