Ridley Scott Has Already Written the Next 'Alien' Film

Monday, 06 March 2017 - 7:27PM
Alien
Alien: Covenant
Monday, 06 March 2017 - 7:27PM
Ridley Scott Has Already Written the Next 'Alien' Film
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The upcoming Alien: Covenant already promises to be closer to the original Alien films than the bizarre Prometheus was, if the new film's xenomorph-filled trailers are any indication. As will the next movie after that, because the script is ready to go according to longtime Alien film director Ridley Scott.

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Scott announced that he's already written the next film in the franchise, and he's expecting to dive into it next year:
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"You've got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you'd better be ready. You don't want a two-year gap. So I'll be ready to go again next year."
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Despite being 79 years old, Scott still has big plans for the world of Alienas he envisions three Prometheus sequels that should end the franchise just before the original 1979 Alien started, something Scott refers to as "the back entrance" to the first film. So what you can expect this May is a film that crosses between the iconic flavor of sci-fi horror from Alien and the strange world that Prometheus laid the foundation for in 2012. Scott says as much, wanting to tap into his original film while keeping some Prometheus flavor, as Covenant is a direct sequel to that film.


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"[Alien] was fundamentally a film that was seven people locked in a tin can and who will survive and who won't. In a funny kind of way it was very much a genre movie if you like – a B movie done in an A way with a marvelous cast and a fantastic creature. We raised the bar there. Now we've gone further than that. We go from Prometheus into both worlds of the original Alien and a little bit of Prometheus."
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In the meantime, the Alien: Covenant crew is still busy putting together one of the bloodiest films in the franchise, with Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould telling IGN that they've gone through "a few gallons of blood." Likely feeling emboldened by the recent success of R-rated genre films like Deadpool and Logan, it's still a bold claim for a franchise whose most famous scene involves a creature bursting out from John Hurt's chest.

Beyond Michael Fassbender reprising his Prometheus role as the android David, Covenant will also star Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Billy Crudup (Watchmen), and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, This Is The End) in an unusual role for the normally comedic actor. Waterston's character in particular has already drawn comparisons to Sigourney Weaver's character of Ellen Ripley. Also expect to see James Franco and Guy Pearce in smaller roles.
 
Alien: Covenant comes out May 19, 2017.

Via: Collider
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