Ridley Scott, the sci-fi legend/father of the xenomorphs, is busier than most 79-year olds. Instead of chilling on a beach, retired, sipping a mojito while reflecting on life’s accomplishments, he’s out in the field dedicated to creating and shaping the mysterious Alien universe, he created. With Alien: Covenant just a couple of months from its theatrical debut, Scott is more focused on the future of the franchise, rather than his own.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Scott revealed that the script for the next Alien film (part of a 4-part Prometheus series) has already been written and that he’s eyeing sometime in 2018 as his next production date.
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready,” Scott said. “You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”
Scott went on to reveal his intentions to stay and continue to cultivate his brainchild, saying,
“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.”
That last quip is really interesting. Throughout the Alien franchise, there have been 3 directors Scott (Alien, Prometheus), James Cameron (Aliens), and David Fincher (Alien 3). Plus, taking into account the various AVP films and Neil Blomkamp‘s idea for an alien movie, and it appears Scott is trying to save his creation. His disdain for the various Alien uses is obvious, a fact that’s even reported in the SMH article when he talks about Alien 3. It’s clear that he’d rather tell the story himself, than hand it off to anyone else again.
However, Scott’s own track record isn’t the best, as he’s currently batting at .500. While Alien was a masterpiece, Prometheus had its fair share of struggles. Although, according to Scott, Prometheus was merely meant to give a closer look at how the Alien creatures were created and the creators, themselves.
Alien: Covenant is meant to correct the course of the Alien franchise. Regardless if it does, or not, Scott and his team have a clear idea of where they want to go in this universe, and we could be seeing the fruits of their labor sooner rather than later.
Alien: Covenant debuts May 19, 2017!