‘Prometheus’ sequel: Ridley Scott, Michael Green ready 2016 film

March 25, 2014 | 1:28 p.m.
Ridley Scott on the set of "Prometheus."

Ridley Scott on the set of “Prometheus.” (Kerry Brown / 20th Century Fox)

Ridley Scott’s sequel to “Prometheus” will open March 4, 2016.

The venerable filmmaker is working with screenwriter Michael Green on a follow-up to the 2012 release, which returned Scott to some of the sci-fi vistas he crafted with “Alien,” a film that celebrates the 35th anniversary of its landmark release this year.

Written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, “Prometheus” starred Swedish actress Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, one of a team of scientists that embarks on a groundbreaking mission to explore the origins of life on Earth by traveling to the stars. Michael Fassbender played a David Lean-obsessed android, David, while Charlize Theron starred as Meredith Vickers, an envoy of Weyland Industries, the company financing the intergalactic expedition.

“Prometheus” grossed more than $126 million at the domestic box office, yet reaction to the movie was divided.

In his review, Times film critic Kenneth Turan wrote, “Part philosophical treatise, part pulp fiction, part pure horror show, Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ ends up with less to say than it thinks it does. Though more involving than much of this year’s summer blockbuster competition, by the standards set by its wizardly director it’s something of a disappointment.”

Scott is currently at work on the biblical epic “Exodus,” a late 2014 release that stars Christian Bale as Moses.

Screenwriter Green’s previous credits include “Green Lantern,” and he’s also at work on a “Blade Runner”-inspired screenplay for Scott.

Are you excited to see a sequel to “Prometheus”? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

– Gina McIntyre

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