Maybe getting a little more stubborn in his 79 years, filmmaker Ridley Scott believes that Alien: Covenant is far from the end. On the contrary, perhaps the start of something special. Coming back to the series that he helped to pioneer with the original Alien in 1979 before returning to chair the 2012 prequel Prometheus, the director explains that he has plenty more in the tank to go again.
"If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six," he remarked. "I'm not going to close it down again. No way."
Not wanting to spend the time between the May 18, 2017 premiere considering his future, he believes the studio will want to green light to the next production. The director is therefore currently taking steps to take the reigns of further installments.
"You've got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you'd better be ready. You don't want a two-year gap. So I'll be ready to go again next year."
Covenant Will Be A Cross Of Original and Prometheus
Bridging the timeline gap before the events of the Sigourney Weaver hit and the modern day version, Scott says that the new take will take inspiration and cues from the first movie. But don't rule out Prometheus, as it will continue in the direction that the prequel started.
"What we did really well on Prometheus, considering that it was a ground zero idea that was starting all over again, was I discovered that people do have an appetite for the alien and what he means and his evolution, the egg, the facehugger, the chestburster as we call them," he said. "People still want to see it. So I return to a little bit of that but not wholeheartedly; there's a lot in here which is new as well.
(The first Alien) was fundamentally a film that was seven people locked in a tin can and who will survive and who won't. In a funny kind of way it was very much a genre movie if you like, a B movie done in an A way with a marvellous cast and a fantastic creature. We raised the bar there. Now we've gone further than that. We go from Prometheus into both worlds of the original Alien and a little bit of Prometheus."
I Had To Be Fit To Handle Ridley: Waterston
Cast in the role of heroine Daniels on board the crew ship, actress Katherine Waterston told the Australian publication that performing the part required a huge degree of physical stamina to pull off the action sequences. And Scott definitely had high expectations.
"I like that for the journey of the reluctant hero," she explained. "At the beginning she's just a person who has really good instincts and good fortune because everybody else is doing their best to stay alive too and it doesn't work out for them. So I wanted to be fit to handle anything Ridley threw at me but not aesthetically because she's not a soldier. She's a terraformist."