Back at the beginning of March, Sir Ridley Scott sat down for an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald and dropped something of a bombshell announcement: namely, that he had four or five or maybe six more Alien sequels he wanted to make.
It sounded a little excessive at the time, sure, but then again: Scott's been on a roll lately. He's shown no signs of slowing down (even as he creeps up on 80 years of age; I'm telling you, the man is a machine), and Fox certainly seems invested in keeping the Alien franchise rollin' along.
So, a little excessive? Sure. Out of the question? Not at all.
Well, as it turns out, the whole thing's neither here nor there: in a new interview with Yahoo!, Scott's asked if he still intends to make that many more Alien movies, and here's his response:
“I don’t know. (I’ll make) maybe two more (films), or maybe one more, I don’t know.”
One or two more Alien movies, you'll note, sounds like a far more realistic goal than four-to-six more Alien movies, and would jibe with the direction this franchise seems headed in the wake of Alien: Covenant.
Speaking of which, Scott also says that Alien: Covenant was designed - at least in part - to appeal to fans who weren't into what Prometheus was selling. Asked what he learned in the wake of that film's release, Scott says:
“….we discovered from it that (the fans) were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original (monster) and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong'."
“The fans, in a funny kind of way — they’re not the final word — but they are the reflection of your doubts about something, and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take (the fans’ reaction) into account.”
Will Alien: Covenant deliver the experience that fans wanted the first time around? Our own Priscilla Page certainly seems to think so, and elsewhere reviews have also been largely positive (Scott's latest is sitting at a very respectable 76% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Anyway, we'll all get to decide for ourselves soon enough: Alien: Covenant lands in theaters on May 19th. You guys ready for it or what?