Just because the “Prometheus” sequel is getting it’s time in the sun this year, don’t hold your breath that Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien” sequel – reuniting Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn – will be the next instalment in the series to go before the cameras. Seems Fox would prefer to stay on the “Prometheus” course for the time being.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald about the new film, May’s “Alien : Covenant”, director Ridley Scott says he already has a sequel gearing up for a 2018 launch. Scott expects the new film to be a success and if so, will have to start work on a sequel quickly.
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready. You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year…. If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I’m not going to close it down again. No way.”
Scott also confirms that the new film isn’t so much connected to “Prometheus” as it is a mix of both it and the “Alien” films.
“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… We go from Prometheus into both worlds of the original Alien and a little bit of Prometheus. Prometheus was about who and why? This is getting closer to who designed it and for what reason.”