At a press conference in Sydney, Scott announced that Alien: Covenant will be the first in a planned trilogy of Alien prequels. The storyline will eventually meet up with the original trilogy in some way.
The new trilogy will answer the “very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?”
“Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” Scott explained, which tells 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, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
“Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 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,” Scott elaborated.
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979,” Scott continued.
“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,” he said.
Scott has had a lot to say about this sequel, initially suggesting that the creature design would be different from the original franchise and that we wouldn’t be seeing any Xenomorphs but the director seems to have changed his tune on that, taking into account some of his other more recent statements. Then there’s the constant barrage of title changes.
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