Who would’ve thought the worst thing to happen to the “Alien” franchise might be Ridley Scott, himself? The director has returned to the horror series he started, but with each passing day, it seems his more interested in just cranking out installments forever, rather than finally connect the prequels to the original like he initially promised to do. “Prometheus” was a disappointment (even for someone like me who really liked the visceral experience), and sorry, the “more aliens” approach of “Alien: Covenant” doesn’t leave me hopeful (nor do the cornball trailers for the film). And now, Scott is gumming up his own franchise even more.
In an interview with Fandango, he teased details about the next installment, which will actually fit in the middle of the current timeline of the new “Alien” movies, for some reason.
“There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] ‘Alien,’ ” Scott said. “It will go ‘Prometheus,’ ‘Awakening,’ Covenant….[it’s] fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….”
So yes, there is something called “Alien: Awakening” in the works, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“…there will be more after this,” he added. “If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
Good lord. We don’t need four more “Alien” movies, and it makes us long even more for Neill Blomkamp‘s vision, though it’s now much easier to understand why he thinks it will never happen. Essentially, if they keep to one new “Alien” movie every two years, we’re looking another another eight years of xenomorphs. No thanks.
“Alien: Covenant” opens on May 19th.