20th Century Fox remain confident that Ridley Scott and Emma Watts can create a groundbreaking story for the Alien: Covenant sequel, according to Fox CEO Stacey Snider. While speaking to Variety, Snider addressed comments concerning Alien: Covenant's box office earnings and how it might affect future films set in the Alien universe. As expected, despite Covenant not meeting Fox's financial expectations, the film was a critical success. The trick going forward, as Snider explains, will be finding ways to break new ground and explore new stories and new villains within this highly expansive and relatively unexplored cinematic universe:
It was a disappointment, but I trust Ridley [Scott] and Emma [Watts] to know the right story when they find it. When universes are as rich as “Alien,” they can stay in a too familiar groove — in which case you’re in trouble — but they can also find a planet or a storyline or a villain that also lives in that universe that can be groundbreaking.
Back in July it was reported that Fox were toying with the idea of starting a completely new storyline within the Alien universe - complete with new characters, new circumstances and new Aliens. From the initial reports, it sounded like Fox were looking to produce somewhat of a "soft reboot" for the franchise - moving away from David and his agenda and the Xenomorph creation angle Prometheus and Alien: Covenant focused on. However, until more concrete details concerning Alien: Covenant 2 (potentially titled Alien: Awakening) are released, we won't know for sure.
It seems evident that Fox are keen to keep Ridley Scott on board for the next Alien film(s) and based on Ridley's comments back in June, we can expect the next film to see a return of the infamous Engineers - having discovered what David had done to their Paradise - something many fans around the globe have expressed great interest in.
It's clear Fox have very little interest in shelving the Alien franchise anytime soon and that they remain optimistic for future installments. But will they choose to scrap the tried and true formula and legitimately break new ground? Regardless of the direction they choose to take, one thing is for sure - the saving grace for this franchise will not be a nostalgia-driven rehash of James Cameron's Aliens set between the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. The franchise needs fresh ideas, fresh characters and a fresh approach.
Where do you wish to see Alien: Covenant 2 / Alien: Awakening go next? Should the plot follow where Covenant left off? Should it address other questions posed by Prometheus? Or should it be a completely new scenario set in a completely new corner of the galaxy? Let us know your hopes for the sequel in the comments section below!
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