The May 19 premiere of Alien: Covenant is set to re-energize the classic science-fiction franchise following Prometheus. A title that promised much but ultimately left many critics and fans left unfulfilled. Director Ridley Scott has been open about his plans for the series, going as far to say that he wants six more titles to explore the narrative and characters in greater depth.
Speaking about the franchise this week, the veteran filmmaker might have dropped something of a bombshell. But first he would address the fallout from his 2012 installment. As the first prequel delved deep into the origin of the species.
Scott: Covenant Covers The AI-Human Divide
Any good moviemaker will see subplots and stories within stories unfold. For his beloved Alien franchise, he has identified the struggle between humanity and artificial intelligence as something to be picked apart - a reference point that is symbolized by Michael Fassbender's character David.
"It's (Alien: Covenant) beginning to answer the who and why," he started. "It's definitely gorier, and smarter. In it, we raise some very interesting questions about the position and possibility of AI against human condition, and it crosses into the zone of apartheid - kind of like how Roy Batty was treated like a second-class citizen (in Blade Runner). And so is David (Michael Fassbender).
The knee-jerk was to create a second-class citizen, even if he is superior to everyone. So the natural thing to do at the end of Prometheus was to send them off together because when you think you've got it, you've got to keep the characters alive, as opposed to killing them. And (Alien: Coventant) starts to answer the who and why."
Back - Ford - Back Again? Where Does Awakening Fit In?
Either Scott had a senior moment during the interview, or the 79-year old just gave away a key sequence giveaway when speaking to the website. As Alien: Covenant is a sequel to the first prequel of Prometheus (stay with us here), Scott identified the next movie Alien: Awakening as a flick that is sandwiched between the two.
"There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of (the original) Alien," he explained. "It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant. (T)here will be more after this. If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more."
Was this a slip of the tongue or one of the most intricate schedules in movie history?