Ridley Scott May Have Just Revealed the Title of the Next Alien Movie

Ridley Scott and Danny McBride on the set of Alien Covenant. Image: Fox
Ridley Scott and Danny McBride on the set of Alien Covenant. Image: Fox

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant opens in May, and recently, he’s been showing off footage and talking about the franchise’s future. He made waves saying he’s already got a script for the next film, and even said there could be three more after that. Now, he may have slipped and let us know the title of that next Alien film... maybe?

Speaking to Fandango, Scott said the following when asked about the timeline between Prometheus, Covenant, and, eventually, Alien.

There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien.... It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant... fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way....

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It’s here that, apparently, he was cut off by his Covenant Star Katharine Waterston for giving away too much information. Scott then finished by saying “If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”

So it seems like, maybe, the next film would potentially be Alien: Awakening, which is a cool title and certainly a fitting one to potentially lead into the original Alien. But there are two problems with this exchange. The first, obviously, is that Scott makes it sound like Awakening comes before Covenant. So either it’s a prequel to Covenant (unlikely) or he simply misspoke (more likely).

Then there’s his first quote. Scott says there “will be another one before” linking back up with Alien. Later he said there will be three more after that. Which is it? One more or four more? If I had to guess, Scott himself isn’t sure. Maybe he has a story that he could tell in four movies if there’s a demand for them. But, if there’s not, he could wrap it up in one movie. Obviously, we don’t know for sure. What we do know is any future Alien movies ride on audiences turning out for (and liking) Alien: Covenant on May 19.

[Fandango]

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DISCUSSION

Dear Directors/Producer/Studio-exec.

Stop trying to plan for 3-4-5 movies right off the bat. Yes, sign your actors for a trilogy, and yes, it’s okay to leave open-ended plot threads, but too many movies in recent years (including Prometheus) have been hampered by the “we’ll answer that in the sequels” mentality. Focus on that one movie you’re doing, and make it as good - and as complete - as possible. If you do a good job with your first one, your sequel will work much better.

Look at the new Planet of the Apes movies for a good example of how to do this. Yes, Rise clearly sets up a sequel. But even if Dawn never materialized, it is still a complete movie with complete character arcs for the main characters. Same thing for Dawn - it sets up a third movie, but even if that third movie doesn’t happen, Dawn makes sense on its own.