While speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Scott was coy when asked about the possibilities of more films. While what he said earlier this year led people to believe there was another trilogy in the works, the director spoke only of the follow up to Covenant this time, saying that “I’ll probably be filming it within a year,”, and revealing that John Logan had already given him a script for a direct sequel Scott plans to shoot after he finishes All the Money In The World and The Cartel.
Delving a bit further into when the film might begin development, Scott revealed “It’ll be out within a year and nine months. It’s weird when you’re writing, doing, planning, thinking about franchises, it’s amazing how it opens up and starts to evolve.” Declining to divulge a title for the project, Scott did tease he might make “maybe two more [films], or maybe one more.”
Scott also briefly spoke about 2014’s Prometheus, and what he learned from the strong feedback he received, particularly with regard to how the film handled merely showing the Aliens at all.
“What changed was the reaction to ‘Prometheus’,” Scott explained, “which was a pretty good ground zero reaction… It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.”
Opening May 19, “Alien: Covenant” is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby.