Speaking to HeyUGuys about his latest space-set adventure The Martian, director Ridley Scott has revealed the title for his forthcoming Prometheus sequel, and no it’s not called Prometheus 2. In fact, the word Prometheus is curiously missing from the title completely as the movie will now be called Alien: Paradise Lost.

“It’s going to be called Alien: Paradise Lost, so Prometheus 2 isn’t what it’s really going to be. You know the poem? I doubt you’ve ever been through it, have you? The poem’s a book, Paradise Lost! It sounds intellectual, but there’s a similarity to it, and that’s where it stops.”

Scott recently commented that he was planning multiple Prometheus sequels, he even went as far to suggest as many as three further sequels could be a possibility. However, Scott also confirmed that he has no immediate plans to tie Prometheus to Alien in the first sequel.

“It won’t be in the next one. It will be in the one after this one or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise.”

Perhaps the title change is 20th Century Fox’s influence to ensure Alien fans are tempted back to the franchise after the lukewarm reception of Prometheus. Then again, perhaps Scott was simply deflecting his true intentions for the follow-up until his was ready to announce the title. Either way, I think it’s fair to say that Alien: Paradise Lost will contain more than passing connections to his original classic. 

Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace will be back in their roles with production scheduled for a February start.