Ridley Scott is focused and wasn’t lying when he said he could crank out another six Alien films. With Alien: Covenant in theaters next Friday, Scott is already targeting a shoot for the follow-up, which could happen in the first quarter of 2018, pegging it for release around the same time as Covenant in 2019.
“We’re writing [a sequel] now, as we speak. I’ll be filming that within 14 months,” Scott told IGN in the UK.
With Scott planning at least two more Alien films, there’s no room for Neill Blomkamp’s spinoff that would have brought back Sigourney Weaver and continued the story following the events of James Cameron’s Aliens.
“They wanted to do ‘Alien’, er, ‘Awakening‘ – Neill Blomkamp… I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have,” Scott said. “Except I do question – why have both (Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ and Scott’s ‘Alien’) out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off – it doesn’t make sense. But they didn’t go forward with it, Fox, so I just kind of kept out of it.”
This sort of firms up the idea that Scott’s return to the franchise exiled Blomkamp’s project, which allegedly had reached the script stage. Instead, Scott is focused on his Alien universe, which is looking to be forever expanding.