Alien director Ridley Scott may have let the title of the next Alien movie slip during a recent interview. The prolific filmmaker also hinted at what we can expect from Noomi Rapace’s return as Elizabeth Shaw, as well as the slightly more horror-driven tone Alien: Covenant will take in comparison to Prometheus. Time for a little Alien news round-up.
In a recent interview, Ridley Scott revealed that the title for the next film in the franchise will apparently be Alien: Awakening. However, that sequel will not take place after Alien: Covenant, but in fact turn a few steps back before we move closer to where the original Alien movie began.
Scott spoke a little about this revelation:
“There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien…It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant….[it’s] fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way…But yes, there will be more after this. I think that was the question. If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
There you have it, “Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant”, the storied director let slip during an interview that not only does the new Alien movie have a title but it won’t even be a sequel to the upcoming Covenant. This mid-ground prequel, Alien: Awakening plus the additional three sequels falls in line with what Scott said earlier this month about doing a possible five additional Alien movies, or as he put it: “making them till I [Scott] die.” He certainly seems to be going all in.
The question remains why Scott chose to go this route with the next installment after Alien: Covenant, but we do know that the fate of Prometheus‘ Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) remains a mystery. Awakening may fill in those gaps as Scott hinted that while Rapace is in Covenant as Shaw, she won’t be “fully” returning in the film. Scott suggested that she would be “integral to what David carried out later” suggesting that Shaw and David’s severed head blasted off at the end of Prometheus only to start something nefarious (or revolutionary) on the planet setting of Covenant.
In terms of how Alien: Covenant will differ from its predecessors, Scott teased that the film will be both “gorier and smarter.”
“We raise some very interesting questions about the position and possibility of AI against human condition, and it crosses into the zone of apartheid — kind of like how Roy Batty was treated like a second-class citizen [in ‘Blade Runner’].”
Starring Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby, Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
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