Ridley Scott Really Wants You To Think PROMETHEUS 2 Is A Thing That Will Happen
I'll say this for Ridley Scott: dude is deeply committed to this Prometheus 2 prank he's been playing on everyone for the past few years. What I assume started out as some sort of inside joke on the set of the first Prometheus ("Yeah, sure, we're gonna make two films! A duology! That's the ticket!") has turned into Scott's very own Cardiff Giant, trotted out in interviews from time to time in order to generate articles like this one, which Scott then has his assistant read to him - both of them positively screaming with laughter - when we take him seriously. It's a pretty good joke.
Anyway, Scott's making the interview rounds on The Martian right now, and recently sat down with Deadline to talk about the film following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Deadline, ever the good sport, played along with the Prometheus 2 gag, which prompted Scott to share a whole bunch of ideas he's been kicking around in preparation for "making" the sequel. Ideas like:
You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as she says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don’t think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it.
Now fully in the huckster zone, Scott went on to riff a little about how Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey might influence the story he wants to tell with the sequel (which, again and for the record, is a film we all know will never actually exist):
That raises the question to me, same as was depicted in 2001 when that object comes hurtling through space, and lands in Ethiopia. And an ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it. He has a bigger thought injected into his brain than Newton got sitting under a tree and seeing an apple fall. Stanley then picks something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the anteater so they can eat him. That is one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution; that is where the world begins. It is pretty grand thinking, and that’s what I want to explore. You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where’s the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don’t know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang.
Ha ha ha! Man, he is really not backing down on this one! Eventually we're going to have to call his bluff somehow, but for now I think we should all just let him run with it. Who knows where this might take us?
In the spirit of going along with it, sound off with your wants for Prometheus 2 in the comments below.