What was it that Shirley Bassey said about “history repeating”? It has emerged that, should the box office allow, James Cameron may deign to direct a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Prometheus.
The film was originally described as a prequel to Scott’s Alien, but is now being promoted as a film set in the same universe at an earlier date. Are you still with us? Of course, Cameron directed Aliens, the first sequel in the franchise. So the idea has a certain neatness to it.
Speaking at the premiere of the 3D reissue of Titanic, Cameron said: “There’s a gap of a few years between Prometheus and the original Alien. That gap is meant for me to answer the questions raised in Prometheus.”
Cameron also revealed that Scott mentioned the idea of him returning to the Alien universe during the filming of Avatar.
“Ridley saw what I was doing and the ideas I was exploring. We sat down and talked about Alien, and saw that there’s big ideas hidden in these stories. Where do we come from? What does it mean to be human? This was something that Ridley saw as original and something he wanted to be a part of.”
Cameron intends to polish off a sequel to Avatar before returning to the other, less savoury aliens.
The girl with the alien tattoo: Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus