Even if you weren’t a fan of Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction with Prometheus, there is no faulting the legendary filmmaker’s enthusiasm for its forthcoming sequel, Alien: Covenant. Fresh from the critical and commercial success of The Martian, Ridley Scott seems positively supercharged to get going on the next chapter of the Alien prequel saga.
In a recent interview, Scott revealed why he felt compelled to revisit the world he created more than 35 years ago.
"Prometheus 1 was born 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 three 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.”
These “very basic questions” won’t be fully answered for some time as Scott confirmed that Alien: Covenant is very much the first instalment of a new trilogy.
“There'll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979”.
A lesser man might make some ostentatious remark about Scott’s last statement, but I’m not going near that one. Even if it was better than both Alien vs. Predator movies combined, Prometheus was still a disappointment to many hardcore Alien fans who were expecting answers. Not an unreasonable assumption as one of the taglines used for the movie was 'questions will be answered’.
Production kicks off in February with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace reprising their roles, Alien: Covenant is scheduled for release October 6, 2017.