Ridley Scott is writing and will direct a third Alien prequel

In a recent interview with Variety to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Alien (1979), Ridley Scott confirmed that he is writing and directing a third prequel in the franchise, following Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017).

The latter received very mixed reviews from both critics and fans and took just $240.7 million worldwide working from a reported $97 million production budget. This poor performance meant that it was generally assumed that the franchise was dead.

Despite this, Ridley Scott who, at one time, said he felt six more Alien movies were possible, is still being bullish about another Alien film – possibly the long-touted Alien: Awakening – which would be a Disney-backed production now that the studio owns the 20th Century Fox rights. Which begs the question, would it be R-rated?

Previously, Scott has said: “I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”

So, no more xenomorphs? Michael Fassbender is reportedly keen to star in another Alien movie. It remains to be seen what Scott has planned…

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