I think this all sounds great. Scott and fantasy-scenery is certifiable. Plus he is coming off of The Martian, with what I'll bet will be much of the same creative team; the success of which will likely afford him a certain degree of carte-blanche, creatively speaking.
I was listening to one of the Podcasts recently and want to reiterate and agree with Corporal Hicks about something here:
I think (as much as I understand why people like practical effects) a practical-sets heavy, Alien film with a Homeworld-setting, is a waste of a huge opportunity. I hope they utilize the Giger-landscapes and designs that FOX paid to own the rights to years ago, and use all this Green screen to scale all of that stuff way
up, and they do NOT waste this opportunity! Who doesn't want to see a Giger-landscape heavy homeworld?! The promise of that has been in the back of fans minds for decades. The success of The Martian prolly affords Scott the opportunity budget-wise here. Fingers crossed that we get to see SOME of that at least.
I also really hope with all of these writers and with the official announcement of a complete Trilogy, that they are taking steps to develop where the next two films are headed, if not just outright mapping it out by giving it the full treatment.
David's inclusion would mean you can't. His comes with a lot of baggage.
His head is certainly in the baggage!
And another interesting new thing:
Shooting will be a mix of location and studio shoots with location requiting “monumental forest and monumental rock and the rest will be in the studio with fairly formidable CGI.
So looks like Paradise will literally be a .... paradise? Wonder if they'll be shooting in the Gondwana rain-forests not far from Sydney? Certainly very impressive and monumental. It also served as inspiration for the CGI forests seen in Avatar IIRC.
Sydney is ideally located for access various types of terrain.