We know that the upcoming Alien: Covenant (opening May 19, everyone be ready) is a sequel to Prometheus, however, it may not be the only sequel we’re going to see.
Ridley Scott has recently revealed that Alien: Covenant will act as one of three planned sequels to 2012’s Prometheus. He has reportedly already written a script for the next installment and plans to take the saga to the “back entrance” of the original Alien (1979) to advance the series as a whole. The sequels will bridge the gap between Prometheus and Alien to address the questions of who designed the alien and – for the love of god – why?
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Scott spoke about what we can expect from Alien: Covenant, which – perhaps – could carry on through the sequel.
“What we did really well on Prometheus, considering that it was a ground zero idea that was starting all over again, was I discovered that people do have an appetite for the alien and what he means and his evolution – the egg, the facehugger, the chestburster as we call them.
“People still want to see it. So I return to a little bit of that but not wholeheartedly; there’s a lot in here which is new as well.”
Now, I wouldn’t necessarily use “appetite” and “facehugger” in the same sentence, but he has a point. Their purpose is kind of a mystery, but we all know it’s nefarious. The world-building of the sequels could help fill in some gaps and deliver some high-octane thrills.
Scott was already writing the script for the next installment while working on Alien: Covenant, and producing and executive producing Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. He’s a busy guy, but he’s prepared for that next step.
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready,” he says. “You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”
This will depend, of course, on the success of Alien: Covenant, but it would be interesting to see how it all ties together.
Alien: Covenant takes place 10 years after the action of Prometheus and is – reportedly – more of a return to that good ol’ fashioned sci-fi horror, which is great news. Proper Xenomorph action can be truly awesome and more exposure to their kind is never a bad thing (as an audience, I mean. I would not want to be stuck in any kind of spacecraft with one).