When Ridley Scott made sci-fi horror classic Alien way back in 1979 few could've guessed that the series would still be going strong nearly 30 years later as both the fifth film in the Alien franchise, Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 and Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant (the official title of what was first known as Prometheus 2, then [Alien: Paradise Lost](tag:3572502) - make up your mind Scott!) are set to go into production over the next few years.
Alien is one of those massively popular and influential franchises which has spawned not only films but video games, book and comics, and has cemented itself firmly within the history of sci-fi horror (except Alien vs Predator, let's forget that series happened) and Ridley Scott, the guy who started it all, is still going strong with the sci-fi even now.
His most recent box-office and critical hit The Martian looks to be sure fire set to scoop some Oscar nominations when they roll around again, and [Alien: Covenant](tag:3648559) has recently confirmed that filming will take place next year in February in Australia.
Additionally Scott is also serving as producer on Blomkamp's Alien 5 pet project, which doesn't yet have a production date set but is expected to land sometime in 2017. AND there's Blade Runner 2 on the cards with Scott as producer, starring Ryan Gosling with Harrison Ford returning. Busy guy.
However, even in amongst all this Scott still finds plenty of time to give interviews and is a pretty good at dropping hints and teases for Alien and Prometheus fans.
In a recent interview with IGN Scott confirmed that the next two films in the Prometheus trilogy will lead back to connect with the original Alien film, and answer "the big question" - how the heck the engineer ended up crashing on LV-426 with his hazardous alien eggs that started all the trouble for Lt. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the first place.
But despite all his successes there's one thing Scott does regret, and that's losing his grip on the franchise. He only directed the first Alien, the mantle then being taken up by James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet for the subsequent sequels.
"I’m trying to keep [Alien: Covenant] for myself. I let the other one [Alien] get away from me – I shouldn’t have. I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I’m gradually getting to Alien 1."
Now of course Scott has the Prometheus trilogy which is entirely his own, and though the first film received a pretty lukewarm reception the sequel does sound interesting. Neill Blomkamp is helming Alien 5, and though Scott is producing he does seem a little regretful that the franchise is no longer his baby, especially considering how poor some of the sequels were (looking at you Alien: Resurrection).
Regardless it does seem like Scott has the Prometheus trilogy well under control, so it's going to be pretty exciting to see what he comes up with this time when Alien: Covenant releases 6th October 2017.