Noticeably absent from ‘Alien: Covenant‘ promotional materials is any sign of Noomi Rapace’s character, Shaw, that was at the forefront in the previous film in the series, ‘Prometheus,’. Well, this is the latest hint of whether she will even be in the upcoming film, per director Ridley Scott: “Yes, in a way. Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.”
More interesting, are some of Scott’s remarks as to where this series will go after what the audience sees in Covenant… Speaking with FANDANGO, Scott let the following information slip out: There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien,” he said.
We asked Scott what the timeline looked like — would it be Prometheus, Covenant and then this next movie before we arrive at the events of the original Alien. That’s when the answer became a bit foggy as it appears he slips in the title for another movie we haven’t seen yet and positions it between Prometheus and Covenant.
“It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.. fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way….”
Waterston cut in again to stop Scott from spoiling any more information. “You’re giving away too much!” she screamed. “But yes, there will be more after this. I think that was the question.” To which Scott replied, “If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”
Well then, not only are there obvious plans for three more ALIEN films, but unless Scott is going senile, he admitted that the next film will take place prior to the events in Alien: Covenant. Perhaps this will fill in the entire backstory of just what the hell happened to Elizabeth Shaw as she was initially with her android pal, David, on the engineers homeworld? Or, maybe it will be entirely a parallel story that builds on other key plot points that will serve the franchise well into the future?
Nevertheless, Ridley Scott seems like a kid in a candy story being back in this playground. Wouldn’t it be ironic if we got to see 4-6 more ALIEN films, and none of the Avatar sequels, proposed by James Cameron?? That would be pretty hilarious to me given Cameron hasn’t been shy about bashing the ALIEN franchise recently, essentially stating it’s “cooked” and there’s no more story to tell. Ironic indeed:) Nuff said.