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We could be getting a whole heck of a lot of Alien films from Ridley Scott. Ridley has said he would like to do up to four prequels – after Alien: Covenant – for the franchise.
Aliens, Alienses?, Alieni?
(A plethora of Aliens)
In an interview with Fandango, Ridley confirmed the plan for the four additional films. Ridley said “If this is successful, and then the next one…” (referring to Alien: Covenant and Alien: Awakening) “…then there will definitely be three more.” Ridley has a plan on where he wants to go and how this will all end. The question is, how will this all connect into the original beginning with the crew of the Nostromo?
What Do We Know So Far?
Back in 2009, when Ridley first indicated interest in coming back to the Alien franchise and making the movie Prometheus, the geek community was excited. We were getting the originator of the films back. No more having to get the progressively worse films we got after Aliens. No more having to deal with the trash that was the Alien vs. Predator movies. This was going to be a return to form.
Prometheus was not as advertised. Instead of face huggers, we got eels that spit acid.
Instead of Aliens, we got The Engineers. An ancient race of Giants that supposedly created humans. The only inklings that we got to the original Alien franchise was another derelict ship and (spoiler if you haven’t seen Prometheus, but GOOD GOD! it came out back in 2012) a gigantic face hugger looking thing that created what looked kind of like a xenomorph after it came out of one of the engineers. With a huge cliff hanging ending we had more questions then we did answers.
Things are looking up in a big way with Alien: Covenant. In the trailer we have already seen what we’ve come to know in the franchise. We’ve seen real face huggers and a real xenomorph. I can honestly say I am amped for Covenant. All I had to see was the last scene of the trailer with Danny McBride flying a ship while the xenomorph is headbutting the glass.
(potential spoilers in next 2 paragraphs)
We also have new insight from the interview with Fandango. Noomi Rapace, who played one of the lone survivors
Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus, will return in Alien: Covenant in some way or form. As said by Ridley when asked about Noomi returning “Yes in a way. Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.” Verifying that David, played by Michael Fassbender and the other survivor from Prometheus, had a plan in place involving Rapace’s character.
The other note we got from the interview is that the movie Alien: Awakening – which will come out after Covenant – actually takes place between Prometheus and Covenant. Ridley stated when talking about the timeline “It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.. fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….” not being able to finish the sentence because actress Katherine Waterson cut in due to him giving too much away.
Despite this new info we still have questions:
- Will Awakening be about what has been going on with Elizabeth Shaw and David following the events of Prometheus?
- At what point will we learn where the derelict ship found on LV-426 came from?
- Will we ever get to see the Alien Homeworld?
- Since Ridley is diving back into his old franchises will he some how try to connect Alien to Blade Runner?
- Will we actually get an answer to all the questions since the next 2 films have to be “successful” and only Fox knows what they consider successful?
There’s only one other question on my mind left by this news. What does all this mean for Neil Blomkamp’s Alien movie treatment? An idea that was put out there with supporting concept art. It was to take place after Aliens, bring back Newt, Hicks, and give Ripley a proper ending. Sigourney was looking forward to it. Then it seemed to be put on the back burner because of Ridley’s current work with the franchise. Now that Ridley has planned for this many movies, will this project ever come to fruition? I truly hope it will but only time will tell.
If you have any thoughts about what was spoken about above, please leave a comment below. Alien: Covenant is set for release May 19, 2017. Stay tuned for any further developments in Nerdology.