After the dismal box office returns for the 2017 sequel to the original entry into the franchise Alien, Alien: Covenant, many speculated that Ridley Scott had or would soon be washing his hands of any future involvement in any sequels that come after. However, it would seem that those speculations may very well be wrong, as word has come that Scott is indeed involved in not one, but two projects based around the Alien series.
Nothing, we remind you, has been officially confirmed in conjunction with Scott’s possible return to the big screen, with the now confirmed sequel titled Alien: Awakening. However, more detailed information has recently come to light on the films possible plot. Confirmation has been made that one of the two co-writers of Alien: Covenant, John Logan, has indeed finished principle writing on Alien: Awakening, meaning that the film is now patiently waiting to begin production.
The plot, as revealed to Empire Magazine, details what is next to come in the franchise. As many may remember, the android David confessed to to having triggered a genocide on Paradise (the planet in Covenant), that resulted in the deaths of all of the Engineer population--or, so it would seem we were made to think.
As it turns out, there were a group of Engineers who survived the mass genocide, which is where the new sequel begins—they make it their mission to track down, find and then exact what they consider just revenge—by killing David.
The most exciting twist in the plot (or at least it is to me) is that the final fight will bring all parties involved together—wait for it— on LV-426. The planet in Alien where Ripley and her crew made the first contact with the Xenomorphs that started the whole story—essentially bringing the entire franchise full circle.
Although Alien: Covenant was a massive box office bomb, many agree that the one saving grace was that of Michael Fassbender's performance of the narcissistic android with a significant God complex, David. However, even Fassbender could not carry the movie alone, and as a result, it nowhere met its $100 million production cost, let alone turn a profit from US sales.
Many speculate that the interest in the franchise may have run its course, and as a result, the probability of what would have brought Scott's vision full circle will never see the light of day—or the inside of movie theaters.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Have the days of the alien monster movies run their course?