Alien Covenant will be the first film in a new prequel trilogy

Ridley Scott used to be the poster child for never doing sequels, but after bending that rule with Prometheus and breaking it by co-writing and producing the upcoming Blade Runner 2, it seems the legendary director is now determined to make as many Alien films as possible. Alien: Covenant will not, as previously announced, be the second film in a prequel trilogy that started with Prometheus; it will in fact be the beginning of its own trilogy.

Prometheus was borne out of my frustration that on Alien in 1979 — I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels,” Scott said at a press conference in Sydney, in comments picked up on by The Hollywood Reporter. “I was amazed that in the three that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the…

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