Where the 'Alien' Franchise Might Be Headed Next

Where the 'Alien' Franchise Might Be Headed Next

Jun 09, 2017

The box office for Alien: Covenant hasn't been great, but Ridley Scott still seems determined to keep making Alien prequels until he gets us to the events of his 1979 original movie. Where might the next installment, which he's said he'll be shooting next year, take the franchise? He's not talking, but his former collaborator Damon Lindelof has a guess. 

SPOILERS for Covenant below, obviously

Lindelof wrote the script for the first Alien prequel, Prometheus, so he knows some things about where Scott wants to go with the sci-fi horror series. In a conversation with Collider, he dished on a possible course for the next installment:

I think that one of the conversations that we had at the end of Prometheus is, Shaw and David have basically locked in on the coordinates of the planet where the Engineers came from. What does that place look like? Ridley called it "Paradise." What happens when they land on that planet? It doesn’t feel like they’ve gotten there yet in Covenant.

Covenant felt like it maybe was a detour prior to them arriving at the place of origin so I don’t want to spoil any place that he might still be wanting to go, but the conversations that he and I had about where the story goes next were largely about the place where the Engineers were from and less the events of Covenant.

Of course, the planet in Covenant does appear to have been the home of the Engineers, and the movie was once titled Alien: Paradise Lost. It's very possible that Scott changed much of what he was thinking pre-Prometheus by the time he got to its follow-up. 

Still, the Engineers were all over the universe, and perhaps that wasn't their "Paradise." Maybe that is where David (Michael Fassbender), the 2000 colonists and his Xenomorph embryos are headed, for more annhilation of their kind.

Or, maybe Scott and his evil android character are just focused on those human colonists next time around in their experiments with creation. Here's what Lindelof also tells Collider regarding the main theme of interest for these prequels:

[Scott] had always explained Prometheus to me as the marriage between Alien and Blade Runner because he was interested in this idea of creation and that there were three generations of creation. You have man and his creation, which are the synthetic beings, the androids, the robots, replicants, whatever you wanna call them depending on which Ridley movie you’re in.

And then what’s the next level of that, which is who created man? So that search for God as it were to go and ask, "Why did you make me and to what end?" was something that Ridley was interested in.

Maybe eventually these movies will also lead-in to an actual crossover with Blade Runner, now that that franchise is alive again?

 

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