In a conversation with Fandango, director Ridley Scott teased that more Alien films would follow his upcoming film Alien: Covenant (which is due out on May 19th. )
Scott confirmed that the sequel to Covenant is already written and titled (Alien: Awakening). Scott also ambitiously stated that the series could extend to four films, confirming that ,”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.”
He also discussed the order of the films and where they fit in the story-line. Scott said, “It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.. fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….”
Scott also discussed the differences between his last film in the series, Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant, revealing that the new film will begin,”…to answer the who and why. It’s definitely gorier, and smarter. In it, 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]. And so is David (Michael Fassbender). The knee-jerk was to create a second-class citizen, even if he is superior to everyone. So the natural thing to do at the end of Prometheus was to send them off together because when you think you’ve got it, you’ve got to keep the characters alive, as opposed to killing them. And (Covenant) starts to answer the who and why.”
The success of Alien: Covenant will certainly play a role in Scott’s upcoming plans, but hopefully the director will get his chance to add to the mythology of the storied franchise that he created in 1979.