Fans wondering why Ridley Scott is going full steam ahead on a trilogy of movies to connect his Prometheus to the original Alien can blame JJ Abrams.
“Star Wars will be a juggernaut. Why do you think I’m doing sequels,” the legendary director joked in a new press conference posted at the Hollywood Reporter.
Just ahead of filming on Alien: Covenant – the sequel to Prometheus kicking off the new trilofy – with actor Michael Fassbender, the director opened up about why he's planning on doing so many new movies set without the world of his 1979 classic.
"It's a very complex story," he said. "It's an evolution of what I first did with Prometheus 1." The new film tells the story of the colony ship Covenant who clash with the synthetic survivor David of the last film's horrific ending.
"Prometheus 1 was borne out of my frustration that on Alien 1 in 1979 - I only did one as I don't normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question 'Why the Alien, who made it and why?' Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of Prometheus 1, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from.
"So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.
“So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered,” Scott added.
Filming in Sydney, Australia's Fox Studios starting in March, Alien: Covenant is expected to open May 30, 2017.