While the Alien franchise started off strong with Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror hit and James Cameron’s awesome 1986 action follow-up, Aliens, the series never quite reached the heights of those first installments again. After David Fincher’s Alien 3 in 1992 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection in 1997 failed to fire up fans, not to mention the two horrendous AVP movies, Scott finally returned to the franchise he originated with the 2012 Prometheus. The prequel was met with mixed reviews, but it still made enough at the box office to kickstart the series once again.
Scott’s next film in the franchise, Alien: Covenant (check out the latest red band trailer here), is the first in a new trilogy of films which are said to bridge the gap and serve as “the back entrance” from Prometheus to the 1979 original. Scott has confirmed that the second film in the trilogy has already been written and that he’ll be ready to go with the next film by next year.
Still, with the troubled history of this franchise, you can’t blame one for fearing that this new flood of Alien films will dry up eventually. However, if Scott has anything to say about it, the franchise will just keep on going after these next three films.
While speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Scott had this to say about the future of the series:
“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.”
Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 18, 2017. Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace return as the synthetic David (with a dual role as a newer model, Walter) and Elizabeth Shaw, respectively, and they will be joined by franchise newcomers Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir and James Franco.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald