Ridley Scotts third sequel to Alien reaches script stages on 40th anniversary of the franchise

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Ridley Scott attends the World Premiere of “Alien: Covenant” at Odeon Leicester Square on May 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

A fourth film in the Alien franchise is officially in the works from director Ridley Scott.

In a new 40th anniversary interview with Variety, the famous director revealed that a sequel to 2017s Alien: Covenant is already in the script phase.

It would follow 2012 Alien film Prometheus and of course, 1979 film Alien, 15 years after inspiring the crossover films Alien vs. Predator films.

Before Covenant was even released, two years ago, Scott seemed to suggest that the next film would be tentatively titled Alien: Awakening.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender has already said hed be keen to play David again (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

He told Fandango: There will be another one before we kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into the rear back head of [the original] Alien. It will go Prometheus, Awakening, Covenant.



Scott also said that if Covenant was a success, which unfortunately it wasnt when it underperformed Prometheus at the box office, then he would definitely make three more.

That last science fiction film followed a crew of a colony ship who discovered an uncharted paradise.

But the world is inhabited by synthetic David, a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, and is more dark and dangerous than their wildest imaginations.


Its been 40 years since the original Alien film came out (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Its claimed that the plot of Awakening would focus on the Engineers seeking revenge against David for acting out against the Covenant.

And Michael Fassbender, the actor who played David, recently said that he would love to return to the role after the last film left his fate undecided.

I would love to. I absolutely love working with Ridley. That was a real moment for me when I stepped on the set of Prometheus and got to work with him.

I love the character. Its a lot of fun, so I would definitely enjoy that, he said in an interview with

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