There won't be any aliens, but Ridley Scott's sequel will feature two new monsters, according to the latest plot rumours (POTENTIAL SPOILERS)

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – the occasionally baffling but undeniably beautiful sci-fi set in the same Universe as Scott’s Alien films – first hit cinemas in 2012. Recently, the director has been working with screenwriter Michael Green (The Green Lantern) on a script to his planned sequel, Prometheus 2, which is expected to be released in 2016 (although this date has not been confirmed).

While the film is yet to start shooting, several rumours (some of which were recently reported on news portal by Master Herald) recently emerged about the plot of the follow-up. While few of these details have been officially verified, they’re still pretty compelling.  Here are six key facts.

Logan Michael-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in Prometheus Credit: c.20thC.Fox/Everett / Rex Featur

1. The working title is Prometheus 2: Hell on Earth

This fits in with Scott’s previous claims that the film will be set on Earth (or at least partially set on Earth).

2. There won’t be any Aliens

Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) is directing the next instalment in the Alien franchise; Scott has apparently conferred with the director to ensure that the two movies won’t suffer from any overlaps, or confusing contradictions. 

The first Prometheus film was originally intended as a direct prequel to Scott’s Alien film, the director later changed his mind, and decided to create something that was set in the same “world” as Alien, but with less immediately obvious narrative links, and it appears that Prometheus 2 will be following in this tradition.

While what appeared to be an early type of xenomorph (the technical name for the Aliens of the famous franchise) popped up towards the end of Prometheus, Scott has said in previous interviews that there won’t be any xenomorphs in Prometheus 2. However, reports indicate that the film will feature two new monsters “both similar to the xenomorphs”.

Master Herald also reports that the new creatures will be “even more impressive than the original xenomorphs, and designed to inspire “as much fear as possible” in viewers (great news for anyone who loved the tension and horror-movie scares of Scott’s original 1979 Alien).

3. Dr Shaw may die

Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will be reprising their roles as Dr Elizabeth Shaw and android David, and the film will focus on their search for the home of the Engineers, a place known within Prometheus 2 as “Paradise”.

However, according to the new plot rumours, Shaw may die at some point in the film, and be replaced by another major female character.

The Engineers, in case you need a quick reminder, are the super-tall, pale veiny creatures responsible for “creating” the human race: in Prometheus 2 we saw that, for reasons unknown, the Engineers subsequently decided to wipe out humanity.

4. David might just be “a head”

Remember how David was decapitated at the end of Prometheus? In their summary, Master Herald refer to him as “bodiless”, suggesting that there’s a chance that the poor android may be considerably shorter for some of Prometheus 2.

That said, this doesn’t seem all too likely: surely one of the advantages of being an android is that your body is replaceable?

5. The Engineers were created by something (someone?) else

According unnamed internet sources, the end of the film mayl see David and Shaw reaching the Engineer’s home (although other reports indicate that the planet won't be recahe duntil a third movie). However, rather than being God-like creators themselves, it will apparently emerge that the Engineers may have been brought into existence to carry out the work of another (presumably “higher”) race.

6. There’s a link between LV-223 and LV-426

In Prometheus, LV-223 is the moon visited by the crew of the titular USCSS Prometheus, who set out from Earth in search of the Engineers. Day Herald reports that Prometheus 2 will explore the link between the location and between LV-426, the moon visited by the crew of the Nostromo in Alien (where the unfortunate explorers encounter the fossilised remains of an Engineer, dubbed  “the space jockey” by fans at the time, and Alien eggs and facehuggers).

 In the “Alien universe”, both bodies orbit the same ringed planet, Calpamos, and both appear to have been visited and used by the Engineers, so it’s pretty obvious there’s already some kind of link between the two. Presumably the promised connection in Prometheus 2 will be something more detailed and explicit.

Before Prometheus hits cinemas, audiences will be treated to another film by Scott: the director’s new movie The Martian, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña and Kristen Wiig, is released this November. Based on a novel by Andy Weir, the film tells the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars (Damon), and his attempts to send a signal to Earth, to let people know that he is alive.