On May 25th, Alien celebrated its 40th anniversary. In a writeup from Variety celebrating the anniversary, an interesting tidbit can be found regarding the future of the now Disney owned franchise.
After the article mentions the franchise’s prequels, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, it refers to a third film, which Ridley Scott “will direct”. And that the sequel “is in the script phase.”
Could this be the long-awaited sequel Alien: Awakening? We don’t know yet, but it seems Scott wants the Xenomorphs to evolve.
Okay, it’s dead in the water.’ I think Alien vs. Predator was a daft idea. And I’m not sure it did very well or not, I don’t know. But it somehow brought down the beast. And I said to them, ‘Listen, you can resurrect this, but we have to go back to scratch and go to a prequel, if you like.’ So we go to Prometheus, which was not bad actually. But you know, there’s no alien in it, except the baby at the end that showed, itself, the possibility. I mean, it had the silhouette of an alien, right? The alien [origin concept] is uniquely attached to Mother Nature. It simply comes off a wood beetle that will lay eggs inside some unsuspecting insect. And in so doing, the form of the egg will become the host for this new creature. That’s hideous. But that was what it was. And you can’t keep repeating that because the joke gets boring. Go on, leave that behind, and see where it can evolve. So we’re looking where we’re going to evolve.”
Scott recently confirmed that he’s had talks with Disney and that he has an idea in mind about the future of the franchise. It appears that a deal is now in place.