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Ridley Scott Plans Next ‘Alien’ Shoot for 2018

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.

Ridley Scott's ALIEN: COVENANT via Twentieth Century Fox



  • Golic

    Not if Covenant shits the bed at the box office!
    If Covenant is as awful as it looks, it may be the last straw for me…my fandom can only take so much.

    • David Reese

      Sounds like your mind is already made up…

      • Golic

        Yea pretty much, fuck this movie.

        • wedellbudwhite


          • HappyClappy

            Because it’s ‘cool & edgy’ to bad mouth films that you haven’t even seen yet.
            I’d love to see what some of these self appointed ‘movie critics’ could do if they were given $100, 000,000, creative control and the directors chair..
            I’m sure they would produce some real stinkers.
            It’s always easier to criticize than actually produce something of merit.
            My favourite comments are the ones professing that they will absolutely, never ever sit and watch the film….
            Full Of Shit!
            Seems like people just luuurvvvve whining.

    • I really hope it will be a flop and FOX gives an opportunity for Neill Blomkamp to direct an amazing sequel with Sigourney Weaver.

      • David Reese

        If Covenant flops, why would Fox invest anymore money into a franchise that can’t turn a profit?

        The Strauss brothers had big plans for AvP3, but thanks to AvP2 flopping, that never happened.

        Like it or not, the only way we will continue to get Alien movies is if Covenant makes money. If it flops, it’s direct to video purgatory (if we are lucky)…

        • Yeah, you’re right! I just want to see the Blomkamp’s sequel before it’s too late.

          • Morpheus

            The leaked art work is nice, but don’t you wanna read the story of Alien 5 before committing so firmly?

          • Everything is better than Prometheus 2: Covenant!

          • Drewskee122

            Let me help you out…it would of tanked and reigned as the biggest piece of shit an imax screen has ever had to present. Were better off

        • David

          I actually enjoyed AvP2, for what it was

      • Francesco Falciani

        if covenant flops u won’t any alien movies at all

      • wedellbudwhite

        Why the hell are people so sure blomkamps alien 3 will be any good? There’s no story details at all for it. Blomkamps films have gotten progressively worse imo, and every thing he’s shown/said has not convinced me at all it won’t just be bad aliens fan fiction

        • Drewskee122

          IDK. I just dont get it . Neil best film I think was Chappy and that movie was ok. I just cant see him take on such a big project unless he takes script directly from the Alien comics. I do enjoy his art and give him credit for that. He probably could of made a sick looking alien and face hugger.

    • David

      That’s why I didn’t see the first reboot/prequel. The only reason I’m even interested in THIS Alien flick is because of Danny McBride (Kenny FUCKING Powers).

    • TheRealBadHatHarry

      It’s truly terrible, sad to say. Boring as hell and the stupidest chestburster variation you’ve ever seen. Sigh.

    • Drewskee122

      How and where does it look awful? If anything that’s the complete opposite of what all the critics are pushing out. They say the film LOOKS beautiful however its too fast paced, the people are stupid and die like sheep to a wolf but the story is there, David and Walter are great on screen and the Aliens are fantastic

  • Khy

    There’s no Alien without Ridley!
    Keep ’em coming.

  • Khy

    Amen <3

  • Colin Christian

    I can’t wait. I love Alien,then Prometheus,then all the other Alien flicks in order of release,I just think Scott is the best guy for this material.

  • Francesco Falciani

    i doubt this could happen so soon….covenant is a 111M budget movie…reviews are at 77% on rottentomatoes…i bet fox wanna see a great box office before to move forawrd.

  • Jonny Angel

    After the turd named Prometheus, i dont have any expectations 🙂

    • Bumper

      Prometheus a turd?!
      Fooking amazing movie that everyone bitches about because there are no xenomorphs in it.
      The cast alone is to die for and that DIY caesarean scene still gives me goosebumps now.

      • Jonny Angel

        Howdy do

        Has nothing to do with xenomorphs. I admit that it was shot beautifully. Nothing wrong with the cast at all. I just found it to dragging to enjoy it.. Just a very boring dragging movie.

  • DJV1985

    My biggest fear for the Alien films, one that it shares with the new Star Wars films is that eventually we’re gonna either get sick of them or they’re gonna start becoming dull and retelling the same story (which I think Alien is pretty good at doing). I hope I’m wrong but I really do fear that we’re gonna get tired of seeing the same formula told over and over again.

  • movie freak

    Scott is a liar! He saw how much protection Neil alien was and how much hype it was getting so he wanted to make his own alien films instead so that Neil doesn’t make a successful alien film

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