Director Ridley Scott is reportedly returning to the world of Alien.
According to a report from Variety, Scott is set to direct a still-untitled Alien prequel that is currently in development. The report, which recognizes the 40th anniversary of the original Alien, says that the film is currently in the "script phase."
While Scott kicked off the franchise with the classic Alien in 1979, he stepped away from the franchise for several decades. He returned to the franchise for two prequels, 2012's Prometheus and 2017's Alien: Covenant, which received mixed reviews and were box office successes.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Scott said that he wanted to push the franchise in new directions with its future incarnations.
"Once you've seen it twice, three times, it’s no longer frightening,” Scott said. "So we're looking where we're going to evolve.”
While it's not clear whether it would feature Michael Fassbender's David or any other characters from the Alien prequels, the film would mark the beginning of a new era for the franchise.
While Scott's first Alien introduced sci-fi horror icons like Sigourney Weaver's Ripley and the grotesque xenomorph and contains some of the most famous scares in movie history, this Alien prequel would be the first released under Disney's purview since the media giant absorbed the franchise with the rest of Fox's assets.
However, Disney has said that it will keep the Fox brand alive as a subsidiary for adult-oriented fare, and it looks like decidedly adult Alien franchise would likely remain under the Fox banner. Last month, Fox's Emma Watts said that the studio was still planning more sequels in the Alien franchise.