In a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Alien: Covenant director Ridley Scott says ... well, a number of interesting things, actually.
For starters, he describes the difference between Alien: Covenant and the first Alien film, which Scott directed all the way back in 1979:
"(Alien) was fundamentally a film that was seven people locked in a tin can and who will survive and who won't. In a funny kind of way it was very much a genre movie if you like – a B movie done in an A way with a marvellous cast and a fantastic creature. We raised the bar there.
"Now we've gone further than that. We go from Prometheus into both worlds of the original Alien and a little bit of Prometheus."
That's about what we've been expecting: word on the street has long pegged Alien: Covenant as a film intended to bridge the gap - both tonally and narratively - between Alien and Prometheus. It's even left some fans wondering if Alien: Covenant might not make its connection to Alien explicit, via some sort of third-act revelation (spend five minutes thinking about how they'd manage this and you'll probably come up with a few decent options).
But then, it also sounds like Scott's ready to keep the Alien train a-rolling: he tells the Herald that the screenplay for the next Alien is already completed, and that there's plenty more where that came from:
"If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I'm not going to close it down again. No way."
Do we want six more years' worth of Alien movies? I submit to you that we should refrain from answering that question until we've seen Alien: Covenant (but obviously you should go ahead and weigh in in the comments below right now, because that's what comments sections are for). Here's hoping we walk out of that one saying, "More, please."
Alien: Covenant arrives on May 19th.