Ridley Scott Details Plan For 2 More Alien Origin Films After Alien: Covenant

Director Ridley Scott, speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, has confirmed that he plans to make three Alien origins films – that’s a further two after Aliens: Covenant which begins filming in Australia in early 2016.


The new Alien films will answer the “very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien? Who might have made it? And where did it come from?” said the director.

Alien: Covenant will tell the story of the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise but is actually a dark, dangerous world, inhabited only David (Michael Fassbender), the android who survived the Prometheus expedition.

“It’s a very complex story. It’s an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” said Scott. “Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 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.”

He went on to explain that after Covenant, “there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979. So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”

Alien: Covenant will shoot at Sydney’s Fox Studios from March. Michael Fassbender will return as David but Scott said that Noomi Rapace will only appear briefly as Elizabeth Shaw.  The film requires a locations featuring a “monumental forest and monumental rock and the rest will be in the studio with fairly formidable CGI. The Martian was made for the most part 94% in a Budapest studio. With green screen I now can’t tell what was studio and what was shot in Wadi Rum.”

Scott also said that Blade Runner 2, with Denis Villeneuve directing, will be made in Budapest, where Scott made The Martian, and Beijing.


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