There are going to be three sequels to Prometheus before the overall narrative reaches Ridley Scott‘s original Alien picture.
Scott has revealed further details regarding the Prometheus sequels/Alien prequels, confirming that we will be getting answers to the questions brought up in Alien.
The first sequel, titled Alien: Covenant, will see the crew of the titular colony ship discover an uncharted paradise. They soon find that it’s a dark, dangerous world with only one inhabitant: Michael Fassbender’s synthetic David.
“It’s a very complex story. It’s an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1,” Scott told the media at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, the country to be home to all three productions.
Scott said that his desire to make Prometheus came out of frustration that the three Alien films that followed his ’79 masterpiece didn’t ask the questions: “Why the Alien, who made it and why?”
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces. And we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there will be another one and then another one, which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979,” Scott said.
“So, in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered.”
The reveal of the Alien: Covenant synopsis had many questioning the absence of Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw, the lead character in Prometheus. Scott revealed that Rapace will indeed be in Covenant, but pointed out that her appearance in the film would only be brief.
Alien: Covenant will begin shooting in Australia in mid-March.