With Alien: Covenant due in cinemas in May and the recent trailer getting everybody excited – everybody that didn’t hate Prometheus, that is – for the next step in the franchise, director Ridley Scott has set a marker down, wanting very strongly to keep this prequel franchise rolling and apparently he’s ready to film the next film right away.
Scott stated that the next Alien film already has a completed script and that they’re planning for a 2018 shoot. He added: “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”.
The gap he’s referring to is perhaps a nod to the almost five year chasm between the upcoming film and Prometheus, which divided critics though wetted the appetite for more Xenomorph horror. Scott seems intent to not let the project sit idle for so long once again, and seems game to keep expanding the universe:
“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”.
Alien: Covenant is the second film of a planned four film cycle, though Scott sounds happy to continue exploring the world of the Xenomorphs for longer than that. Does this risk overkill, you might ask? And it’s a fair question for a franchise that hasn’t released a film to mainstream praise since Aliens in 1986.
But with Scott behind the camera and a thus-far excellent marketing campaign behind the upcoming release, here’s hoping Covenant kick starts new life in the franchise. At least it can’t be as bad as Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, can it? Can it?…
Alien: Covenant will be released Friday, May 19.