The 'Alien: Covenant' Sequel Will Start Filming 'Within 14 Months'

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - 9:07PM
Alien
Alien: Covenant
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - 9:07PM
The 'Alien: Covenant' Sequel Will Start Filming 'Within 14 Months'
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Alien: Covenant hasn't even hit theaters yet, but director Ridley Scott is already gearing up to work on the sequel - and way sooner than you might be expecting.

Speaking to IGN, Scott revealed that he's going to start shooting the next Alien movie next year, meaning he's not wasting any time in telling the multi-film origin story to his 1979 horror classic. "We're writing [a sequel] now, as we speak. I'll be filming that within 14 months," he said. That could change, but it seems like the director is now wholly invested in the franchise he created and then abandoned for over three decades before returning for 2012's polarizing Prometheus.

So while work will begin soon on the next Alien movie, the question remains over how many more films we can expect in the franchise. Scott recently confirmed that Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 is officially dead, but he's also confirmed that he has a whole mini franchise planned to bridge the gap between Prometheus and Alien. He even told IGN that he'll keep making Alien movies as long as he thinks they're good, saying, "It's good when it's good. If the sequel's good, then it's worthwhile."

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Now, if he thought Prometheus was good then he may have a very low threshold, so we could be looking at an infinite amount of Alien sequels (kidding, Prometheus wasn't that bad). Scott has previously stated that Covenant was the start of either a trilogy or tetralogy that would lead into the first Alien, so until we hear otherwise, we'll assume that's still the plan. There's no official title for the next Alien film, but Scott has hinted it may be called Alien: Awakening for the time being.

The 79-year-old filmmaker has arguably never been hotter, between 2015's The Martian, the upcoming Alien: Covenant, and this fall's Blade Runner 2049 (which he's executive producing, not directing), and we're totally cool with that.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
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