Alien: Covenant hasn’t even hit theaters (is it next week yet?) but already director Ridley Scott is discussing the next edition in the franchise–which makes sense, considering he reckons he’s got another six installments in him.
In conversation with IGN, Scott divulged that the shoot for the next movie could take place as early as the first four months of 2018 (which would line it up for a similar release date to Covenant, the following year).
Scott told IGN he’s writing the sequel “now, as we speak” and that he was aiming to film it “within 14 months.”
He also discussed the mooted Neill Blomkamp spinoff, which would reportedly have brought back Ridley herself, Sigourney Weaver, and we now know would have been entitled Awakening.
Scott reiterated that that project is definitively dead, explaining “I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have.”
He also questioned the need for the two different movies, “why have both out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off–it doesn’t make sense.”
It all rests on Alien: Covenant, however, with the director noting that he would continue making sequels only if they continued to remain up to standard.
“It’s good when it’s good. If the sequel’s good, then it’s worthwhile” he emphatically told IGN.
Alien: Covenant hits US theaters on May 19, 2017. Stay tuned to the site for our review a bit closer to the time.