Ridley Scott has changed the Prometheus sequel in the past few months since he’s gone on the press tour for The Martian. The film has gone through a couple of title changes and has even bumped Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 film into an indefinite hold – though some close to the film believe that it will still be made. But while at a press conference in Australia, Scott talked a little bit about his upcoming Alien film, which he says is the start of a brand new trilogy, which pretty much confirms that Blomkamp’s Alien 5 will not be happening any time soon, if at all.
Check out what he had to say below.
THR was able to pull some quotes from the press conference where Scott talked about how Prometheus attempted to ask the age-old question “Who created the Aliens/Xenomorphs?”
“It’s a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1. Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.”
Well, that doesn’t necessarily absolve the director out of how frustratingly polarizing Prometheus was, especially since the members of the crew were just frustrated to watch with each bad decision they made.
But Alien: Covenant won’t wipe away the events of Prometheus. We know that Alien: Covenant centers on the crew of the colony ship Covenant bound for remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979. So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”
Honestly, when there are big questions to the mythology of the film, you don’t want them to be answered out of fear that the answer will be disappointing. That’s one of the risks for A Star Wars Story: Rogue One — we only knew that the plans to the Death Star were stolen, but how it was done is very unclear.
However, it looks like Scott is confident that he has cracked the story, and will answer the questions about the Engineers, Xenomorphs, and Space Jockeys. The bigger question is, will fans of the franchise accept the answer?
Alien: Covenant is expected to begin filming in February 2016 for an October 6, 2017 release.