Despite all the talk of plot holes, problems, character silliness and dangling threads, Ridley Scott’s sidelong return to the Alien universe, Prometheus, has made around $303 million worldwide so far, which is apparently enough for Scott and 20th Century Fox to actively press ahead with a sequel.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, which took a look at all the prospects for follow-ups to this summer’s releases (from the definite likes of Avengers to the sunken franchise wreck of Battleship), Fox and Scott are talking to potential writers about the new adventure. “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can't rush it," says Fox president of production Emma Watts, who goes on to say that we’d likely see any new film in 2014 or 2015.
Right now, Scott is getting set to make The Counsellor, and so any Prometheus development will be bubbling along in the background, with (spoiler alert) Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender set to return. But we suppose all the haters can hope for is some real answers to the Big Questions asked by the original. We feel sorry for the poor blighter who has to untangle this one.