Prometheus (2012) director Ridley Scott has been talking up the future of the Alien movies and he sees the possibility of yet another pre-Alien trilogy once Alien: Covenant and the next film, which he appears to have let slip is called Awakening, are out.
Talking with Fandango, Scott and Alien: Covenant star Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), the filmmaker confirmed another outing and the basic timeline. "There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the original Alien," he said, before, more interestingly mentioning the next film will actually fit between Prometheus and Covenant. "It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant... Fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way...." Let's see if that situation remains once the third film of this new set is confirmed. But Scott certainly appears to have plans for the future, something he has talked about in the past. "If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more." Unfortunately for Neill Blomkamp (District 9), they are all likely to be set pre-Alien, which means his plan for a movie to catch up with Sigourney Weaver's Ripley post-Aliens will have to keep on waiting.
Scott also cleared up that Noomi Rapace will definitely be appearing in the film, but not necessarily how we expect. "Yes, in a way," he says of Prometheus' main character. "Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David (Michael Fassbender) carried out later." We will have to wait to find out what he means, but we doubt it was positive for poor Elizabeth Shaw.
Alien: Covenant will be out in the UK on 12 May. For more from the interview, head over to the Fandango site.