Ridley Scott it seems isn’t quite ready to let go of the “Alien” series with a return to the series with “Prometheus,” and after recently suggesting he wanted to reclaim sole ownership of the property. Which is probably the main reasons Neil Blomkamp stopped work on his planned “Alien 5”.
As we know the “Prometheus” sequel has been going by the name “Alien: Paradise Lost,” but when Indiewire spoke to Scott at the AFI Film Festival, Scott casually threw a new title into the conversation.
Firstly Scott discussed how he moves from project to project and how he has no structure to his schedule:
“I’ve got no plan, I go from pillar to post randomly. I have this childlike fascination and thrill of doing it.”
He talked about how he came to direct the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “The Martian”:
“I was going to be doing what will be called ‘Alien: Covenant,’ which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, ‘Listen, we’ve got this thing which is completely written called ‘Martian,’ and I said, ‘Huh.’ And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, ‘I need to talk to ‘Drew [Goddard]…’”
Goddard had written and planned to direct it for himself, but was happy to let a Hollywood directing legend like Scott takeover, and it seems he even suggested the director for the role. But the big news here isn’t this, it is that the “Prometheus” sequel “Alien: Paradise Lost” is now called “Alien: Covenant”, or at least that’s how it sounds from Indie Wire’s interview with Scott.
“Alien: Covenant,” as it now seems to be called is due out May 30, 2017. Please let us know what you think of the new title in the comments below.