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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

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