Alien: Covenant- Sequel Title Revealed; Ridley Scott Making Another Trilogy

With the release of the past two (fantastic) Alien: Covenant trailers, there has been a lot of talk about the future of the franchise. These Prometheus films were always meant to lead into Ridley Scott's original Alien movie, but the length of this prequel franchise has been rather unclear. Back when Prometheus was hitting theaters, it looked like that could be the only film. But now we have Alien: Covenant coming out. Scott has said that a third film is already written (you can read that here), making it a trilogy. During interviews, Scott has jokingly said that he could do another six movies after Covenant. However, it no longer seems like he was joking. In an extensive interview with Fandango, Scott revealed a lot about the future of the franchise, a possible new trilogy, and the potential reveal of the title for Alien: Covenant's sequel.

We've picked out a few of the more interesting parts, but you can read the full interview here. When asked whether there will be more films after Covenant, Scott said:
"There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien."
He then said:
"It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant... fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way..."
Scott was cut off by Katherine Waterston, who claimed he was revealing too much. Waterston then reaffirmed that if Covenant is successful, that there will be more films, to which Scott added:
"If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more."

Okay, let's take a second to digest this, because there's a lot of information here. Scott first says that there will be one more film before we're led into the original Alien, which is what we all expected. We figured this would be a trilogy of preuel films. But when Scott lists off the order of films, he says Prometheus, Awakening, and then Covenant. So is Alien: Awakening the title of the already written film that is set to film next year? That seems to be the case, but when listing them, he placed it before Covenant. So will Awakening be a prequel to Covenant, but a sequel to Prometheus? We don't know the full story of Covenant yet, so it's quite possible that another story exists between Prometheus and Covenant. But if Scott is saying there will be one more film before it ties into Alien, does that mean that Covenant directly leads into Alien, and then Awakening will fill in the gaps? This is all speculation at this point, because we don't know anything more than what Scott has given us. If this is actually the case, it's a strange way to make a trilogy period, let alone a prequel trilogy. After seeing Covenant, it could prove to be genius. But from what we know as of this moment, it just seems strange.

But Scott wasn't done. He threw us another curve ball, saying that after the third film, assuming these films do well at the box office, there will be three more. So what does this mean? Scott just said the next film will lead us into Alien. So is Scott directing a new trilogy that takes place after Alien: Resurrection? Or is this trilogy taking place alongside Alien? My first thought would be that he wants to do six total films before the original Alien, but he said just minutes before that there will be only one more movie before it leads back into Alien. Keep in mind, Neill Blomkamp has been wanting to do an Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver, but wasn't allowed to until Scott was done with his films. Could Scott be taking on that project, and be planning a new trilogy with Weaver, doing Alien 5, 6 and 7? Like I said before, this is all speculation and conjecture at this point. 

Let's put this news aside for a second. Do we even want Ridley Scott doing potentially four more Alien movies? Regardless of how good Alien: Covenant may turn out, that is too much time spent on one project for one person. Scott is an incredibly talented director, but I think he will get burnt out doing four more Alien movies, and the films will suffer for it. Assuming Covenant is as good as the trailers make it look, I am all for him directing Awakening. But I think, if we really are getting another trilogy afterwards, that Scott should let someone else direct. He can certainly be an active producer on the trilogy, but I don't think it would benefit anyone if Scott directs another four Alien movies, after having already done Prometheus and Covenant. Maybe someone like Blomkamp can come in and do the new trilogy, with Scott overseeing it. I think that would make the most sense, and would benefit everyone. That way, Scott would be free to do other projects. As much as I love Alien, I don't want Scott to tie up probably around two decades of his life directing six total Alien movies. He's not that young, either. I want to see him do other things, like what he did with The Martian

I don't think we're going to learn anything more about this until after Alien: Covenant comes out. Waterston seemed to really be anxious over what Scott was saying, and if he did spoil as much as it sounds like he did, he could be in a lot of trouble with the studio. That means Scott won't be saying a word about the future of Alien anytime soon. After Covenant, if Awakening is truly the next film, it will be announced then. We may not even know then whether it's a prequel or not. But I don't think we'll be hearing another word about this supposed "new trilogy" until even after Awakening comes out. Now, there's also a possibility that Waterston doesn't know everything, and she thought he was revealing more than he actually was. It could turn out that this story isn't as big as it seems right now. But it's hard to talk about what the ramifications of Scott's comments will be until we learn more information, and until we actually see the context Alien Covenant sets. 

What do you think? Did Ridley Scott say too much? Do you think the next film will be called Alien: Awakening? Will it be a sequel or a prequel? Are we getting another whole trilogy? Should Scott direct it? Are you even looking forward to Alien: Covenant? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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