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Ridley Scott reveals title for Prometheus 2, gives us headache

The confusion begins...

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On Wednesday, we reported how Ridley Scott “hates mystery and wants three more Prometheus films.” That was only 24 hours ago. We’re admittedly still a little nauseous from the idea. Now, there’s even more news on the potential quadrilogy, as the English filmmaker has announced the title for its first sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost.

“You hear of the poem,” Scott asks the interviewer for HeyUGuys, referencing John Milton’s 17th century work. “I doubt you’ve ever been through it, have you? The poem’s a book. It sounds intellectual, but there’s a similarity to it, and that’s where it stops.” Well, when you crudely slap on the Alien brand, Mr. Scott, any intellectualism sort of just dissolves.

Why not simply call it Paradise Lost? Oy vey.

Look, there are a number of reasons why this new title is both confusing and irrational. For one, the film isn’t supposed to connect with the Alien franchise for at least another film. But logically speaking, what about Alien: Paradise Lost makes you think this is a sequel to Prometheus? If anything, it looks more appropriate for Neil Blomkamp’s forthcoming sequel.

Speaking of which, as The Playlist points out, this whole title announcement, shuffle, what have you may be connected to earlier rumors that suggested Scott’s not exactly thrilled about Blomkamp’s sequel. Whatever’s the case we’ll likely find out relatively soon as Scott’s going to be swimming in press for The Martian.

This could get exciting. Or just even more confusing.

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