There seems to be a multitude of misinformation circulating the internet and social media as of late concerning the future fate of the Alien franchise. This is likely due to the recent boost in talks about the new Predator movie which is supposed to begin filming this summer. It appears certain outlets are using this opportunity to churn out as much click-bait as possible to reap the benefits of confusing and misleading people eager to know more about the state and future of the Alien franchise. This article aims to help reign in expectations and fact-check the current slate of "news" being promoted across the net and social media.
We won't be linking to any of these "outlets" but the screenshot below is a good example of some of the most recent articles being published and shared around (many of which posted within hours or days of each other). These articles are causing confusion among some lesser-invested fans and those unfamilair with the real facts keep sharing these articles to various pages, forums and groups - leading a lot of people to become discouraged to the idea of another Alien film.
To set the record straight, for one, no plot details have been revealed for the next Alien movie. Disney have also not released any specific schedule for upcoming Alien films and the current projects in development for the franchise remain very tightly guarded and those involved very tight-lipped. No release date has yet been set for the next Alien film and as much as we have heard Ridley Scott discuss plans of another Alien film, we don't even know if he'll be attached to direct the next one or not.
To clarify, we've outlined what is actually, officially in development and upcoming for the Alien franchise below. We urge you to avoid sharing content from outlets suggesting otherwise until official updates are released by legitimate sources.
So what is actually happening with the Alien franchise?
Currently, official outlets have confirmed that a new Alien TV series is in development for FX on Hulu. This series is being helmed by Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley and will be set on Earth and in the near future. The near future setting means it will take place well before Prometheus and so, a prequel series set within the Alien universe. Whether it takes into account the Alien vs. Predator and Predator movies we're uncertain of at this moment. If it does, it would mean Weyland-Yutani already exists. However in Prometheus the Weyland corp had not yet merged with Yutani, so this series could be focused heavily on the Weyland corporation and its plans to exploit the galaxy for monetary gain but that's pure speculation by us right now. Official plot details have not yet been provided.
The other legitimate entry in the Alien franchise is Cold Iron Studios' new survival horror game - Aliens: Fireteam, which takes place 23 years after the events of Aliens and Alien 3. We're unsure if elements of the game will reference elements of the TV series in development, but we do know the game will be using Prometheus and Alien: Covenant as references.
There also WAS another Alien game in development before Disney bought Fox, where gamers would get to play as a grown up Newt, but the merger deal killed all hopes of that game ever being released.
What is the status of Alien: Covenant 2 / Ridley Scott's next sequel then?
The first instance of Alien: Covenant 2 being a topic of conversation was 2 years ago, in May, 2019 on the 40th anniversary of the Alien franchise. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Scott confirmed that he and Disney had entered talks about the next Alien movie and where it was going to go. Ridley added to that interview that the story would not focus on the Xenomorph anymore - commenting that "the joke gets old". Since then, most recently in September of 2020, Scott confirmed a new Alien movie was in development but that it would not be continuing the Prometheus or Alien: Covenant story arc... Prior to that update, the last we heard from director Ridley Scott, he acknowledge that the story for the Alien prequels needed to evolve. Beyond that - we know absolutely nothing! All we can do right now is speculate and discuss the possible directions Disney might take with the series next.
The articles circulating right now suggesting the Alien franchise will include a "loyal Xenomorph" or whatever else gains the most clicks from unknowing readers, are simply false. We encourage you to stick with us and official outlets for legitimate updates on the future of the Alien franchise and avoid sites like WeGotThisCovered. We hope this article helps summarize the current state of the Alien franchise and clears up any confusion about where the story will go next - the truth being - nobody knows for sure, unless they're in the know.
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The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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FacehuggerMember163 XPApr-17-2021 4:50 PM
Under my own perspective there is a lot of fake news along Fandom community,
I have seen RS schedule in IMDb and next movies releases in short term and
nothing about new ALIEN release soon. I think he does not seem very confident,
and now ALIEN franchise is in hands for new producers.
Yeah there isn't much legitimate info available right now. I'm hoping with the release of Aliens: Fireteam that it sparks some new discussion on the topic, prompting updates from Disney / 20th Century Studios. The click bait BS is just getting out of hand lately and I think it's due to lack of any official updates.
Well maybe we could get some News on the 26th of April but it does seem to be that DISNEY knows the PoisonedChalice of the Franchise as far as Theatrical and will the TV Series Finally begin Shooting?
In the Meantime then DISNEY knows the Franchise can make Money from other Formats which include VideoGames, Comics, Novels and Merchandise/Toys.
I think as far as the Big or Small Screen then the Franchise has HIT a NERVE with Many Fans.... This all STEMS from the STUDIO not having the BALLS to stick with what Prometheus was doing and STEERING AWAY from the ALIEN.
I do suspect that DISNEY maybe could REBOOT the Franchise say in 2029 for the 50th Anniversary.....
I think its HARD to Judge Disney at the Moment as the Franchise has hit a QUAGMIRE after Alien Covenant and i think ANY other Studio would be Faced with the same Questions and Situations as to WHATS NEXT?
Its really Difficult to Continue with the Prequels and Satisfy everyone, but then if DisneyDecides to say IGNORE the Prequels its a CASE of WHERE do they go Next?
I think to IGNORE the Prequels you will ONLY be able to give a Few More Xenomorph movies before the Beast becomes either STALE or it becomes a Starship Troopers.
I do think that down the Line we would see ONE of 3 things..
1) Around 2026 a Alternative ALIENS sequel.
2) Around 2029 we get a REBOOT of the Franchise.
3) Or we get a ALIEN sequel again in 2029.
I think IF we arrive at 2030 and we have NO MORE Movies or any TV shows within the ALIEN Franchise then maybe the Franchise on the Screen would be GONE.... maybe that could be for the Best though? (I say that in case any FutureAttempts prove to be Flops then it could TARNISH the Franchise even more).
I think thats where the Problems began.... Originally the Prequels was to GIVE some Clues to ALIEN, then MOVE ON and AWAY from the Xenomorph so that we have a Parallel Franchise about the Engineers and NOT about the Xenomorph.
I think that YES it is a SHAME we will LIKELY not see a Continuation of the Prequels, for a Number of Reasons.
1) A lot of Fans are Disappointed that the Prequels seemed to REVOLVE around David and his STORY.
2) That David was implied as the Creator of the Xenomorph and that as of 2105 there could well be NO signs of the Derelict on LV-426 because THIS event has yet to Transpire.
There is NOT a LOT of Wriggle Room to get to LV-426 and the Derelict, 17-18 Years after the Events of Covenant. Especially if the Sequel would take place on Origae-6 which is BOUND to be No-Where near LV-426 and will take 88 Months before the Covenant arrives at Origae-6.
So it would seem that what ever David would START to do on Oriage-6 would be 10 Years before the events of ALIEN.
Ridley Scott had indicated we could be 2-3 Movies away from ALIEN after Alien Covenant... with the NEXT ONE that was due to NOT be about the Xenomorphs, i am NOT sure many Fans would be prepared to WATCH another Movie about David and Creation before things get more ALIENY maybe in the 3rd Act or a SET-UP for such at the END of the Movie to then GET US on the the Track to those Eggs that get on a Engineer Ship.
If they are to give a Continuation then maybe the ONLY option is the same as Prometheus 2!
By that i am looking at Alien Covenant as Prometheus 3 as it By-Passes 10 Years of what had Happened when David and Dr Shaw arrive at a World Full of Engineers, to the Death and Experimentation on Dr Shaw and EngineerSurvivors that leads to Davids Workshop/Bestiary.
And so maybe a Sequel would have to By-Pass whatever David would do during his Journey to Origae-6 and what he does on that Planet for 2-5 Years before others TURNUP!
And David gets Rumbled! <== Maybe this is where the NEXT MOVIE should begin or AFTER this Event.
OR they go back to LV-223 or Planet 4 and NOT where David goes and they give us Clues/Proof that the Xenomorphs from ALIEN are NOT what David had began to Create!
They should have it that the Engineers Discover Davids Creation and that THEY decide to EVOLVE it to become what we see in ALIEN.
As long as they have a good story and well-written characters I'm fine. I would be so disappointed if they would release a third David-movie after all this time waiting.
“The click bait BS is just getting out of hand lately and I think it's due to lack of any official updates.” (Chris)
Journalism for journalism's sake/to just write things and hope to keep your job is meaningless. There haven't been that many alien-news this far but that doesn't justify writing some garbage and represent it as legitimate/trustworthy information. Since I'm skeptical to a lot of things that I read I go by official sources otherwise it becomes easy to believe in nonsense. (I don't only do that with journalism but also to things that I hear, like “oh really? Duh”)
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