“Well, because we’re heading back to why and how and when the beast was invented. We’ll go back into the backdoor of the very first Alien I did 30 years ago.”
Scott later expanded on this when chatting with Empire, revealing that “Paradise” was actually a potential title for Prometheus but that he’d been thinking about these themes and this story since decades ago when considering ideas for the first sequel to the original Alien.
“Years ago, I kept mulling over what Alien 2 could be. I was fiddling around with some ideas. I was always fascinated with why this thing [the xenomorph] would be made, by whom, and for what purpose? The planet it was on – and I was looking at the dark side of the moon – would be called Paradise. Paradise is a very ominous word…”
With the title change, hints of Prometheus 3 and 4 stories already being mulled over, and Ridley Scott also serving as producer on Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, has the plan for Prometheus 2 completely changed? Not entirely.
“In a way it is Prometheus 2. It’s exactly the same story. But it was always in the works to be called that [Alien: Paradise Lost]. Is Prometheus actually taking us off course from where I’m going, which is actually backing into the first Alien… I’ve even got connections with Ripley [in this], but I’m not telling you what.”