Ridley Scott has confirmed that two more sequels to Prometheus will follow Alien: Covenant, eventually linking up the prequel franchise’s storyline with that of the original 1979 Alien film.
With the Prometheus franchise, Scott is hoping to answer questions from that original that no one even thought to answer in its sequels.
“Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 - I only did one as I don't normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the Alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from,” Scott told The Hollywood Reporter.
"So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979,” Scott continued. “So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”
Up until recently, Scott has been famously averse to sequel work, but that has certainly changed with his plans for Prometheus sequels, and a follow-up to Blade Runner. It seems Star Wars fever may be to blame for his sudden turnaround on that position.
“Star Wars will be a juggernaut. Why do you think I’m doing sequels,” he joked.
Alien: Covenant is expected to release in 2017.