Ridley Scott promised this in 2017: a sequel to “Alien: Covenant” related to “Alien, the Eighth Passenger” … but in 2022, still nothing. So what do you think of this long-awaited sequel?
In 2017, while previewing Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott made it clear: his plan was to continue the saga with more films. He first talked about almost 4 other options before finally clarifying that he could only do one or two.
One thing seemed certain, though: Alien: Covenant wasn’t the end of the story. However, it’s been 5 years now and fans are still waiting for another film in the saga…
One reason for the delay could be the disappointing commercial performance of Alien: Covenant upon release. With $240 million worldwide, you can’t say the film was a failure, but compared to Prometheus, which grossed over $400 million in 2012, it was a letdown. Then the public lost interest in the franchise?
Ridley Scott’s plan was to have John Logan write the screenplay and focus on a group of engineers who managed to escape their planet after the destruction caused by David at the end of Prometheus – so he again relied on Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Dennis. McBride at the helm of the project. This sequel even served to close the connection with the eighth passenger, the alien.
Shortly after, it was reported that the film, tentatively titled Alien: Covenant 2, had been delayed and still had no confirmed release date.
And Ridley Scott did not hesitate to give more details about his project. First, a new title: Alien Awakening. The installment would prioritize androids and artificial intelligence over xenomorphs, and would take place on the moon Acheron, formerly known as LV-426, a place described in Aliens: The Eighth Passenger as hostile and uninhabitable.
In the Chronicles of Saga, Acheron is considered one of the first places to be filled with Xenomorphs. Thus David pursued the engineers who survived its destruction on this moon.
After promising exciting plot twists that ultimately didn’t materialize, Disney bought out Fox, leading to the cancellation of many projects. Alien: Is the convent one of them? There is a question.
Prequel, series, standalone film?
After some time, the topic came up again: Ridley Scott was rumored to be preparing a prequel, but it was also forgotten when the Alien series – with Noah Hawley at the helm – was announced at the end of 2020. However, the show is due to air on Hulu in 2023.
In the summer of 2021, a sequel was seemingly confirmed once again, but was again delayed. Since then he has not given any sign of life. And to change the situation: last March, a new film in the saga was announced, but… completely independent!
Directed by Fede Alvarez, this feature film, which Ridley Scott himself liked to prepare, was very busy with other projects. Indeed, the filmmaker, who will soon celebrate his 85th birthday, has just finished shooting the Napoleon Bonaparte biopic Napoleon with Joaquin Phoenix, which will be released on Apple TV in 2023, and is due to start filming Gladiator 2 soon.
So how about this acclaimed sequel to Alien: Covenant? Only the future will tell if we will see it one day and if it will be directed by Ridley Scott.