Speaking in an interview with Fandango after a screening of his 1979 film "Alien" at the SXSW Film Festival, Scott was asked about the chronology of his contributions to the film franchise, at which point the director said, "It will go 'Prometheus,' 'Awakening,' 'Covenant'...fairly integral where this colonization ship is on the way..."
At this point, "Covenant" star Katherine Waterston, who was also part of the interview, apparently tried to interject, saying, "You're giving away too much!" before adding the blander assertion that, "yes, there will be more after this. I think that was the question."
But Waterston's words just prompted Scott to elaborate further, as he added, "If ['Covenant'] is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more."
That sounds like a whole new trilogy of "Alien" films on top of "Alien: Awakening," which could be the title of the other "Alien" script Scott has previously mentioned as being "ready."
That script was initially reported to be a possible sequel to "Covenant," but according to the chronology Scott is now setting out, it may well be a prequel, filling in the gap between "Prometheus" and "Covenant."
What happens in that gap certainly seems to be important to "Covenant's" plot. In the same interview, Scott was pressed on how much the new film will feature Noomi Rapace's character, Elizabeth Shaw. Shaw was last seen at the end of "Prometheus" setting out with Michael Fassbender's mangled David on a quest to find the Engineers' home world.
Scott's answer can only be describe as oracular: "Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later."
It's an answer that prompts a whole heap of questions about what David did, and whether or not Shaw survived. But according to Waterston, "There are certain things you don't want to know. You don't want to know that!"
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.