Prometheus received a mixed reaction from critics and fans alike, but the R-rated sci-fi film grossed over $300 million worldwide. We had been tracking its box office results in our weekly feature and it seemed likely that a sequel would move forward, given other genre sequels Fox greenlit over the couple of years. Now, it is being reported that Fox is indeed moving ahead with sequel plans.
Fox confirmed to THR that they are “actively pushing ahead with a follow-up”. The good news about casting is that Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace have already signed on for the sequel (likely as part of the first movie’s deal). There were many who felt that Prometheus‘ script was the film’s main issue and Fox is currently talking to new writers, as it is said that Damon Lindelof would not be available.
A firm release date has not been set, but Fox president of production Emma Watts said that a sequel could be released in 2014 or 2015: “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,”
Although the sequel is likely, keep in mind that this project is just in the early development stages, so it’s not a guarantee that Ridley Scott will direct or that a sequel go into production. In the meantime, we can look forward to the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Prometheus later this year and hope to see some of that extra footage that was cut from the theatrical release.