Well this is an interesting report. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Ridley Scott has already completed the writing stage for the sequel to the upcoming Alien: Covenant. This is doubly impressive because it took about five years for Prometheus to get its sequel, whereas Covenant could theoretically have a sequel in less than two years. Here is Scott’s quote regarding a sequel that is already written:
“You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready,” he says. “You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”
Keep in mind that the set visit that this interview took place at was in 2016, so Scott could very possibly be talking about this year! All the signs say that Alien: Covenant should be a hit, so I don’t think he has to worry about the level of success, commercially or critically, that the film reaches. Still, its good to note that even this established filmmaker is not arrogant, but rather hopeful, that he will continue the franchise off the success of the last entry.
In Alien: Covenant, Michael Fassbender returns as the synthetic David (with a dual role as a newer model named Walter) alongside Noomi Rapace, who played Prometheus protagonist Elizabeth Shaw. They’ll be joined by franchise newcomers Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Alien: Covenant opens on May 18, 2017. For more on this beloved sci-fi-fi series, keep checking Heroic Hollywood.