While most octogenarians are content to ease into a comfortable retirement sipping Earl Grey tea and tending their vegetable gardens, the mad Englishman Sir Ridley Scott is intent on riding out his silver years staring at the intoxicating glow of a digital monitor. As he's wrapping up the finishing touches on Alien: Covenant, the indefatigable Scott paused to unleash a brilliant burst of energy into the cosmos.
The Sydney Morning Herald recently chatted with Scott on his R-rated sci-fi horror film in Australia, where Covenant was shot, and the filmmaker announced that the screenplay for the next Alien movie is done and polished and that filming could begin sometime in 2018.
"You've got to assume to a certain extent success, and from that you'd better be ready," said Scott. "You don't want a two-year gap. So I'll be ready to go again next year."
Scott has planned Covenant as the first chapter of a potential trilogy that could forge a slimy, acidic trail to the doomed events of the Nostromo crew in the original Alien (1979).
"If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six," he declared. "I'm not going to close it down again. No way."
"What we did really well on Prometheus, considering that it was a ground zero idea that was starting all over again, was I discovered that people do have an appetite for the Alien and what he means and his evolution – the egg, the facehugger, the chestburster, as we call them."
With this bold statement, Scott has become the directorial equivalent of Jack Palance doing one-armed push-ups on the 1992 Oscars telecast. Turning 80 in November, Sir Ridley is an uncanny force of creative will that could provide us with not just one more Alien prequel but a whole half-dozen!
I admire his confident fortitude and agree that once Alien: Covenant strikes, the window to sign another deal is short-lived in the insatiable competitive Hollywood environment that seemingly sees another spin-off, adaptation, prequel or reboot hatched every minute.
Check out the Alien: Covenant Red Band trailer once more, then tell us if you believe Scott can churn out Alien flicks well into his nineties.
(via Coming Soon)