We’re writing [the sequel] now, as we speak. I’ll be filming that within 14 months.
... Ridley Scott said while speaking to IGN UK. He continued by elaborating that the title Awakening was originally the title for Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 proposal, but that Fox decided to roll with Ridley's vision for the franchise and merely (we assume) chose to adopt the title for the Covenant sequel instead:
They wanted to do Alien, er, Awakening – Neill Blomkamp… I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have. Except I do question, why have both out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off, it doesn’t make sense. But they didn’t go forward with it, Fox, so I just kind of kept out of it.
It's reassuring to know Scott and Fox are confident enough with Alien: Covenant to gave already begun preparations on the sequel!
Here's a new interview as well with Ridley from the Covenant Press events in London, where he explained his plans for the Covenant sequel and why he chose to focus once again on the Xenomorph, as well as what we can expect from the next installment:
Thanks to Batchpool for the video!
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I so hope that "within 14 months" means Fall 2017. I am aware that this is very wishful thinking on my part that the sequel for the Alien: Covenant movie would follow the format of the release of the Alien: Covenant novel.
The Alien: Covenant novelization comes out right after the movie release in May 2017 and I so wanted that to translate to the sequel movie (Alien: Awakening) release near the Alan Dean Foster sequel novel release this fall.
In my mind "within 14 months" still means that some how a little.
Interesting Interview... So Blomkamps Alien 5 was Alien Awakening?
Its a shame Ridley had to rip off the name, i guarantee Alien Awakening (Alien 5) was the reason for the change of plans with Prometheus Pandemonium.
Blomkamps movie was set 20+ years after Aliens with a older Ripley, Hicks and Newt and a Asian Company Managing to recover the Derelict or Juggernaught, which would have seen a Queen on the loose, alternative Xenomorph design and eventually Ripley merging with Engineer Technology.... i am not sure how AWAKENING can fit with this...
I know that Ridley Scotts Alien Awakening will not be set after Alien, but i wonder how many of Blomkamps ideas will be Stolen?
I think i can predict Alien Awakening... i can put my two cents down if you like, but i feel this movie will connect to Alien, it will explain why the company gains what it knows... and it will explain why they dont mention LV-223 in the Franchise.
I will go further to say that maybe they will mention Engineers after Alien, as i think we will be seeing Aliens on-wards taken out of Cannon.
I am ok with that provided they cover the Engineers a bit... but i dont think we will see them again.... otherwise we could be left with Prometheus ==> Alien Covenant ==> Alien Awakening ==> a Re-edited Alien.
Then Fans have 2 alternative routes... Aliens ==> Alien 3 ==> Alien Resurrection.
Or a new set of Sequels by Ridley Scott, so like a Fork in the Road after Alien.
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