Amid all of the hoopla surrounding the 40th Anniversary of the classic space horror film, Alien, a small piece of information slipped out which may hint at the future of the Alien franchise. And- just like 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant- the future will mean going back to the past again!
Director Ridley Scott sat down with Variety recently to discuss his memories of bringing Alein to the big screen forty years ago, and its lasting impact on movie history. In between important bits of insight, such as the importance of not showing too much of the monster for too long a time, the article let it slide that Scott is returning to direct the next Alien film, and that it will be another prequel:
“Alien made $105 million worldwide back in 1979 — the adjusted gross is $283.5 million — and spawned three sequels, two crossovers with the Predator franchise, and two prequels, 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant, both directed by Scott. A third prequel, which he will direct, is in the script phase.”
The internet is abuzz with speculation that the prequel is the long-rumored Alien: Awakening. It’s important to note that Variety doesn’t reference any new quotes by Scott about the upcoming picture, and the line above is the only reference to Scott working on an upcoming Alien film. Time will tell how this story will pan out and how the project will take shape. If the next Alien film is indeed a prequel, the series will feature a ratio of three prequels to four original films in the series. That’s a whole lotta backstory!
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for complete details on upcoming Ridley Scott and Alien projects as soon as they break!