20th Century Fox are reportedly looking to reboot the Alien franchise with a completely new timeline and a brand new set of characters, according to sources close to the studio. During an interview with Steve Weintraub of Collider at San Diego Comic-Con, Steve revealed he was informed that Fox's original plans for the Prometheus spin-off series (assuming Covenant was a box office hit) were that there was to be one additional film after Covenant that would tie everything back into Ridley Scott's original 1979 Alien film and then following that film, Fox would then divert their attention to establishing a completely new timeline, set well after the events of the original Alien series, complete with a new set of characters and locations:
I think the original plan was after Covenant, assuming it was going to be a box office hit, that they were gonna make one more movie that connected to the original Alien. Then after that they were gonna jump, I heard, into the future, past all the movies we've known into sort of like, a new timeline so you could start again, with new characters, new predicaments, whatever it may be and start these movies at maybe a lower budget and basically continue doing Alien movies but not worry about David (Michael Fassbender) and all the other stuff.
He then goes on to address the THR report which we touched on recently, concerning Fox's reassessment of the franchise due to the lacking box office performance - adding that he doesn't know if they will pursue another film right away, but that if they do, it will be handled with a significantly lower budget compared to Prometheus and Covenant.
We already knew that Fox were planning to establish other films in the Alien universe. In fact, the original plans for Prometheus 2 were to be up to 3 tangent storylines, one following David and Shaw, one following the new crew and an additional one exploring more of the Engineer culture. The story was going to focus more so on the expansion of the Engineer / Human stroyline and less on the Xenomorph origins, but we did not know Fox were planning on setting up a new timeline after the events of Alien: Resurrection.
Essentially this would be a soft reboot of the entire franchise, while maintaining the history established by the previous Alien films. This is also probably why Blomkamp's Alien 5 has been placed in cryo-sleep for the time being, while Fox figure out their next move for the franchise.
Regardless of the direction they choose to take for the next film, there's no denying a connection needs to be made between Alien: Covenant and the 1979 original Alien. Covenant ended with a major cliffhanger and if Fox decide to ignore that connection and start fresh with a new timeline, who knows how the fan base will react. The U-turn they took with Covenant should be a clear signal for where the sequel should go - immediately following Covenant. Finish the story before starting something new. It's unfortunately to think we may never explore more of the Engineer story, despite Scott's claims of Alien: Awakening doing so.
What do you think of these potential plans Fox have for the franchise? Are you open to a new timeline? Are you more interested in exploring the Engineer origins and mankind's connection? Or, do you just want to see more Aliens and marines battling it out on a space station? Break the mold or stick to the tried and true? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!
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