As much as we love all the Alien movies, they seem to come around less frequently than most big budget fare. Transformers is probably the least frequently-released out of all the bigger franchises, and even that bad boy gets a flick every couple years. Alien, on the other hand — even in its heyday — was/is lucky to get a movie every five to seven years. That seems to have been the pattern from the get-go — and that’s not even taking the long, fifteen year hiatus it went on in between Alien: Resurrection and Prometheus (which is an Alien film, for all intents and purposes).
This is something director Ridley Scott seems to want to avoid this go-around. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the filmmaker revealed that he had the next Alien film written as he was working on Alien: Covenant, in hopes of avoiding another drought.
"You've got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you'd better be ready. You don't want a two-year gap. So I'll be ready to go again next year."
That’s definitely good to hear — especially that Scott sounds like he’s in this thing for the long haul. Over the past couple decades, there has certainly felt like the franchise has thrived on very loose connections between films (with the exception of Alien and Aliens), so with Alien: Covenant and the next one, it seems likely there will be much more direct connections between films, and as such, a more coherent mythology.
Of course, the question remains to be seen if audiences will actually be open to seeing more frequent Alien films. While we may jump at every chance to see our favorite superheroes hit the big screen, the Alien flicks have never been the feel-good movies of the century.
Will there be enough fans that flock to this franchise frequently enough to make it worth it, or is that recharge period of five years actually important to the success of this franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2018.