I love Sir Ridley Scott and honestly do hope he lives forever, but perhaps the director doesn’t realize he’s 79 years old? Or … is he basically the real life Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) we first saw in Prometheus, already prepped for life everlasting in android form?
Recently speaking with Fandango about the entirety of the Alien filmography and specifically his future plans, Scott not only revealed that he’s got four — count ’em, four! — more movies ready to rock and roll, and he let slip a couple of huge franchise *Spoilers* If you don’t want to know, back on out, now.
Firstly, Scott said the follow up to Alien: Covenant is already written; it’s called Awakening, and its order as he mentioned it places that movie in between Prometheus and Covenant:
It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.. fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way …”
(Fandango noted that Covenant‘s Katherine Waterston jumped in at that moment to tell the director he was “giving too much away”.)
Secondly, Sir Scott said if Covenant does well — which, as any fan knows, it will — he’s got a whole other trilogy planned.
If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
Questioned as to where in the timeline a third trilogy would be placed with regard to its companion triads, Ridley indicated the next set of movies would not follow his original 1979 film. So, either the next trilogy is set pre-Prometheus, or it gets sandwiched in between Covenant and Alien. Is anyone else’s head spinning?
Recently, Nadine and I have been messaging and trying to make sense of the timeline thus far. Why/how does Prometheus and what we’ve seen of Covenant look so much more futuristic, seemingly possess more advanced technology than Alien if they’re set before Alien? What we’ve come up with is that *Covenant SPOILERS* because of/after David’s tampering (which may or may not wipe out most of humanity), surviving humans on Earth put A.I. controls in place — something to stop androids/A.I. from being able to take control of events or life forms. For instance if in Covenant, David manages to create, along with the alien’s DNA — I highly suspect Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’s DNA is also a part of (“They’re waiting for mother“) — a superior life form that takes over the planet(s), then at some point before Alien, humans might have created what they believed was a failsafe, to stop such a thing from happening again. Obviously, by the time of Alien, the androids are again plotting their takeover; Ash is clearly following his own directives, which may or may not have been put in place way back in Covenant by David/Walter. If there is a whole other set of movies in between the first two trilogies, I suppose Scott could dig deeply into how that was all set up. I can’t exactly see a new trilogy set before Prometheus, so this would seem the logical placement.
All that said, the director also gave a very interesting non-answer (perhaps, supporting my theory she’s only going to be seen as integrated with the alien to create a new life form) to how Noomi Rapace’s Shaw would return for Covenant:
Yes, in a way. Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.”
Poor Elizabeth … (Note: does David’s mother comment somehow relate to Alien‘s computer system,called “Mother”?)
Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th.