Following the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien Awakening, there was some speculation about the franchise’s future direction. The Fox-Disney merger did nothing to dispel rumors that the series’ sequels are, at the very least, completely canceled. But that hasn’t stopped Scott from developing new prequel ideas, as he’s still eager to tell the story of The Derelict on LV-426.
According to Variety, Ridley Scott next Alien prequel (possibly titled Alien Awakening), which will most likely be a sequel to 2017’s Alien: Covenant, is currently in the scripting stage. Variety sat down with the acclaimed director to discuss Alien’s 40th anniversary a week ago.
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Ridley Scott is still interested in tackling his third Alien prequel, which has been dubbed Alien: Awakening, despite the fact that the project has yet to be approved. Scott has directed two prequels to his 1979 sci-fi/horror classic, Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). Scott has now addressed the third film’s direction, assuming the opportunity arises.
Last year, we learned that Alien: Awakening was in the works, based on what Ridley Scott said it would be called back in 2017. Scott is expected to return to directing. During a recent interview, the filmmaker touched on the subject, explaining that he believes the franchise still has a lot of mileage left in it, as well as speculating on where a Covenant sequel might take us. Scott has some thoughts on the subject.
Alien Awakening Movie plot
Alien Awakening, Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sequel to Alien: Covenant, could bring the action back to the alien “home world” LV-426, where it all began. Unfortunately, after Alien: Covenant’s disappointing box office performance, there’s no guarantee that the next Alien film will ever be made. Scott previously stated that he has many more Alien stories planned and that he intends to continue producing them, despite the fact that Disney now owns the franchise following the acquisition of Fox’s film assets.
Scott returned to the Alien franchise in 2015 with Prometheus, a film that tried to extend Alien mythology by introducing the Engineers, after a long absence from the franchise he started with 1979’s classic Alien. The story was then picked up in 2017 with Alien: Covenant, which traveled to the Engineers’ home world and revealed that the entire race had been wiped out by Prometheus’ android character David, who had taken up the Engineers’ experiments with generating life. In an apparent set-up for yet another sequel, David captured the story’s few surviving human characters and fled to an unknown destination at the end of Alien: Covenant.
Details for Ridley Scott’s canceled sequel Alien Awakening have been announced
With Alien: Covenant’s underwhelming box office and the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney, it appears that director Ridley Scott’s plans for a third Alien prequel are dwindling. Knowing this, Empire (via HN Entertainment) has discovered a plot synopsis for John Logan’s (Spectre, Alien: Covenant) screenplay Alien: Awakening, which was written with the intention of being Scott’s next film after All the Money in the World.
At the very least, we know Fassbender will answer the phone if Scott calls. Other cast members, such as Katherine Waterston, whose Janet Daniels is one of the Covenant survivors, have expressed interest in Alien: Awakening if it is given the green light (which we now know it has).
I’m sure they’ve already changed their minds. And there’s probably been a slew of different thoughts floating around. But I wouldn’t dare to talk about it in case I ruin something.
Only Sigourney Weaver’s approval is required for Alien 5
With over 8 films to date, the Alien film franchise has become a staple of science fiction horror (if you include the two Predator cross over movies). While Ridley Scott, the franchise’s creator, has been hard at work on Alien: Awakening, franchise producer Walter Hill has been hard at work on his own Alien film, a sequel that would see Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ellen Ripley.
The film, called Alien 5 in the media, would attempt to return to the franchise’s origins, but would require Weaver’s return and approval in order to be made. The screenplay, co-written with David Giler, would pick up after the events of James Cameron’s Aliens, but tell an entirely new story that would skip over the events of the infamous Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection sequels.
Weaver is understandably hesitant to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley, believing that the character has run its course. “I don’t know,” she says. Ridley has chosen a different path. Perhaps Ripley has done her part. She is deserving of a break.” Hill still wants her on board, claiming she is “too humble about her proven ability to pull off the idea” of Ridley doing another run.
Alien Awakening Movie plot Storyline
According to the plot description for “Awakening,” Scott intended to make the entire franchise full circle with his next film. Whatever happened in the battle between Fassbender’s David and the remaining Engineers is likely to be the source of the Xenomorph population Ripley encounters later. Fassbender would return for his third “Alien” film in the sequel. Regardless of what people think of Scott’s prequel films, Fassbender’s performance has received the most praise.
However, there is a slim chance that “Alien Awakening” will ever be made into a movie. When it was released in summer 2017, 20th Century Fox’s “Covenant” was a box office disaster, grossing just $74 million against a production budget of around $100 million. While the film’s international box office pushed its worldwide total to $240 million, moviegoers’ interest in the franchise has dwindled.
The Next Film in Ridley Scott’s Alien Franchise Could Be Alien Awakening
If this is the case, and “Alien: Awakening” is set between the events of “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant,” fans may have a hard time describing the film, as it will be both a sequel to “Prometheus” and a prequel to “Covenant,” both of which were prequels to the original “Alien” series.
Scott teased that “Alien: Covenant” will be both “gorier and smarter” than its predecessors. We raise some very interesting questions about the position and potential of AI in relation to the human condition, and it crosses into the zone of apartheid — similar to how Roy Batty was treated as a second-class citizen Scott said.
About this Alien: Covenant
Unfortunately, there is a slim chance that “Alien: Awakening” will ever be made into a movie. When it was released in summer 2017, 20th Century Fox’s “Covenant” was a box office disaster, grossing just $74 million against a production budget of around $100 million. While the film’s international box office pushed its worldwide total to $240 million, moviegoers’ interest in the franchise has dwindled.
Following the success of “Covenant,” Scott directed “All the Money in the World,” a kidnapping drama. Whether or not “Alien: Awakening” is made, Scott will continue to work on projects like “Gladiator 2” and “Battle of Britain.”