After leaving sci-fi behind 30 years ago with Blade Runner, Ridley Scott is returning to the genre with his highly anticipated Prometheus.  The film, which takes place in the same fictional universe as his film Alien (or, as Scott puts it, “once you start into the evolution of the story, it moves so far away from Alien that there’s only the mere DNA of the original in Prometheus”), is set for a June 8 release and, as such, Scott is beginning to hit the interview circuit; along the way, he’s dropping such nuggets as Prometheus’ plot elements, as well as big news about the Blade Runner sequel finally moving forward.

In a recent interview The Daily Beast, Scott opened up about Prometheus’ mysterious origins, and what drove him to film a sequel to one of his most indelible works, stating “I came back to a very simple question that haunted me that appears in the first Alien, and no one answered in subsequent Alien films: who was the ”Space Jockey”—the big guy in the seat?”  Scott went on to say that the origin of the Space Jockey is “a really interesting story,” and that when he began Prometheus, he wasn’t sure if it would be a prequel or a sequel.

Perhaps even more interesting than the origins of Prometheus, however, was Scott’s talk of the long-rumored Blade Runner sequel, about which he would only say the following:

Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.

You can read the full interview with Scott here.

Will you be seeing Prometheus?