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Milk the Franchise | June 28, 2017

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Alien/Prometheus

Alein Covenant
ALIEN: COVENANT
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2017
DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
SCREENPLAY: Jack Pagle (1st draft), Michael Green
PRODUCERS: Ridley Scott, David Giler, Walter Hill
CAST: Katherine Waterston, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Scott Free Productions
DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox
PRODUCTION START: March 2016
 
 
 

During the March 17, 2012 WonderCon convention, Ridley Scott said that the film leaves many questions unanswered, and that these could be answered in a sequel. He said, “If we’re lucky, they’ll be a second part. It does leave you with some nice open questions.”Asked whether a sequel would be a direct prequel to Alien, Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof said, “If we’re fortunate enough to do a sequel … it will tangentialize even further away from the original Alien.”In June 2012, Lindelof said that while plot elements were deliberately left unresolved so that they could be answered in a sequel, he and Scott had thoroughly discussed what should be resolved so that Prometheus could stand alone, as a sequel was not guaranteed.Scott said that a sequel would follow Shaw to her next destination, “because if it is paradise, paradise cannot be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous.” Lindelof cast doubt on his participation, and said, “if [Scott] wants me to be involved in something, that would be hard to say no to. At the same time, I do feel like [Prometheus] might benefit from a fresh voice or a fresh take or a fresh thought.”Scott said that an additional film would be required to bridge the gap between the Prometheus sequel and Alien.On August 1, 2012, it was confirmed that Fox was pursuing a sequel with Scott, Rapace, and Fassbender involved, and was talking to new writers in case Lindelof does not return. The film would be scheduled for a release no earlier than 2014. On December 19, 2012, it was reported that Lindelof had decided not to work on a sequel, citing other commitments.In June 2013, Jack Paglen was announced to be in negotiations to write the sequel In October 2013, Scott confirmed that the script was complete.

Development of Prometheus began in the early 2000s as a fifth installment in the Alien franchise. Scott and Aliens director James Cameron developed ideas for a film that would serve as a prequel to Scott’s 1979  film Alien. By 2003, the development of Alien vs. Predator took precedence, and the project remained dormant until 2009 when Scott again showed interest. Prometheus was a story that precedes the story of Alien but is not directly connected to that franchise. According to Scott, although the film shares “strands of Alien‘s DNA, so to speak”, and takes place in the same universe,  Prometheus explores its own mythology and ideas.

In September 2015, Director Ridely Scott confirmed the sequel, now called Alien: Paradise Lost will start shooting in February 2016 in either Australia or Canada and that the monster xenomorph would not be featured. While promoting The Martian, Scott said “It’s going to be it’s own separate thing because they (Fassbender & Rapace) are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster. And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act.”

In November 2015, Ridley Scott announced a new title: Alien: Covenant. He also added there will be two additional films produced to link up with the original 1979 Alien. Noomi Rapace’s part of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus will be a minor part in the sequel.

 

Official synopsis:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

 

Although Scott is a producer on Neill Blompkamp’s Alien sequel, he admitted to IGN that he regrets losing control of the franchise “I’m trying to keep [Alien: Covenant] for myself. I let the other one [Alien] get away from me – I shouldn’t have. I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I’m gradually getting to Alien 1.”

 

ALIEN SEQUEL
RELEASE DATE: TBD
DIRECTOR: Neill Blomkamp
PRODUCER: Ridley Scott
CAST: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
 
Director Neill Blomkamp at first confirmed the new Alien film will bypass the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection and be a direct sequel to Aliens. He backtracked by saying to AlloCine “My favourites are the first two movies,. So I want to make a film that’s connected to Alien and Aliens. That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection, I just want it to be connected to Alien and Aliens.”
 
Because of the evolving changes of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus prequel series, by the Fall of 2015 it is unclear of the status of Blomkamp’s untitled Alien 5 project.
 
In November 2015, Michael Biehn told Icons of Fright “They’re planning on bringing me and Newt back and at this point Newt will be around twenty-seven years old. I know that every actress in Hollywood is going to want to play this one, it’s really a passing of the torch between Sigourney and this younger actress who would play Newt. It would keep the franchise alive and the studios would make money, because that’s what the bottom line is now: money. That’s why you end up seeing Terminator 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10 and The Fast And Furious 7, 8, 9, and 10.”

Biehn added on the status of Alien 5 : “I know that Ridley’s focus is on [Alien: Covenant] and I’m sure that he and Fox both don’t want that and Neill’s movie to come out right next to each other, because they’re kind of two different worlds, with Aliens taking place thousands of years later, which is how they explained it all to me, but at the same time, they want to give them a similar feel. I know they’re putting the brakes on Neill’s movie just for a little while, but I really think that it would be embarrassing to Ridley and Fox and Sigourney if they just didn’t make the movie.”
 
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED FILMS (in order of release date)
ALIEN  (1979)
ALIENS  (1986)
ALIEN 3  (1992)
ALIEN RESURRECTION  (1997)
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR  (2004)
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM  (2007)
PROMETHEUS  (2012)