Original Alien director Ridley Scott has confirmed that a new instalment in the long-running horror franchise is currently in development but it is unlikely to revisit the worlds and storylines set up by 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant.
“That’s in process. We went down a route to try and reinvent the wheel with Prometheus and Covenant,” Scott said in an interview with Forbes. “Whether or not we go directly back to that is doubtful because Prometheus woke it up very well. But you know, you’re asking fundamental questions like, ‘Has the Alien himself, the facehugger, the chestburster, have they all run out of steam? Do you have to rethink the whole bloody thing and simply use the word to franchise?’ That’s always the fundamental question.”
These comments are similar to what Scott said in June regarding the future of the franchise and felt confident there is still plenty of mileage in the Alien franchise.
“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in Alien, but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve,” Scott told the outlet. “What I always thought when I was making the first one [was] why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle, and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question — who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”
Sigourney Weaver, who is perhaps best known for her role as Ellen Ripley, recently revealed she was given a 50-page treatment from franchise producer Walter Hill which supplied a different take on the fifth Ripley film. However, there is no confimation whether this treatment and the new film Scott has announced is the same project.
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