During the press day for 12 Years a Slave, Steve asked Michael Fassbender the status of Prometheus 2, and Fassbender quickly responded, “I don’t know.” Today at the junket for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the question came up again, and this time he said the project is a go, although he didn’t know when it would begin filming. When we last reported on the film, it seemed like filming was already given the greenlight, but then another report said that there was no release date, it’s unclear if Ridley Scott would return to direct, and that they’ve only hired a new writer (Michael Green). It’s still unclear if Scott wants to get in the director’s chair again, but Fassbender’s confirmation is still a step forward in the project’s development. I, for one, am excited to see the continuing adventures of David’s disembodied head.
Personally, while I think Fassbender is easily one of the best things in Prometheus, I hope Scott doesn’t return to direct. As you can see from the special features on the Prometheus Blu-ray, he was constantly changing his mind, and ultimately the result was a movie that was visually impressive but made very little sense. There’s still potential in the story, but I’m hoping that Scott is lured towards something else. He could do a drama about concussions in pro football, Blade Runner 2, the young adult fantasy Fae, or any other movie that catches his fancy. Ridley Scott is never hurting when it comes to directing vehicles.
Assuming he does decide to do Prometheus 2, the earliest we would see it would be 2016. Scott’s new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, opens later this year.
Regarding the specific exchange on Prometheus 2, Steve asked Fassbender if he was looking forward to working with Scott on sequel, and he replied, “For sure. I love Ridley. He’s a master filmmaker,” at which point James McAvoy, who was also part of the interview, turned to Fassbender and asked, “Are you doing a sequel?”
Fassbender turned to his X-Men co-star and replied, “Yeah, but when I don’t know.”