EmpireMagazine has dropped some interesting plot details in their new Empire Classics Alien Special issue (we’ve been able to get a copy) concerning John Logan’s (Alien: Covenant) script for the on-hiatus Alien: Awakening, that may or may not ever see the light of day.
Mentioning that in that script surviving Engineers of David’s genocide on Paradise would enact some sort of revenge, and piecing together that the setting would take place on LV-426 from some previous statements made by Ridley Scott.
Here is the excerpt from the magazine concerning the Alien: Awakening details.
“Logan’s script would have seen the return of Prometheus’ Engineers, with that species’ survivors coming after the genocidal David. Setting-wise, Scott said it was obvious ‘we’re gonna actually go to the planet’. By which we assume he means LV-426.”
UPDATE: Our friends over at AVPGalaxy pointed us towards this interview with Ridley talking about Engineers going after David.
UPDATE #2: There are now some claiming that scripts/drafts for an Alien: Covenant sequel never existed, to begin with. Well, they seemingly missed Ridley Scott’s own words. First stating they were already writing it to the Sydney Morning Herald during a Covenant set visit in Australia. Ridley then reaffirmed on the film’s audio commentary that John Logan was indeed writing it at the time of the recording. Were these drafts tossed or thrown on the fire? Likely. But Scott has repeatedly stated they existed and were being developed at one point.
To me, it sounds like a semantics issue. Drafts are certainly different than final shooting scripts, but to get the idea across to regular folks, it’s easier to call both a script. This sounds like what Empire has done here.
This would, of course, be the planet from Alien and Aliens, which could explain how the derelict ship that the crew of the Nostromo encounter in the original film. Some fan theories have suggested that the Space Jockey on LV-426 is actually David in a new hybrid body.
Could these Engineers be responsible for downing the ship and marooning the eggs on LV-426? Would we see the xenomorphs finally used as a bio-weapon against an army of Engineers? This brings up more questions than answers which is the idea with these movies.
That certainly would be interesting and give the Prometheus saga the bookend that Scott has been seeking and having it line-up directly with Alien.
It remains to be seen if this will ever get made and even more so if that’s exactly a story that 20th Century Fox would want to make. Although, you’d expect the studio would want to ignite more movies as Alien 5 would.
We likely won’t hear anything concrete about future Alien franchise plans until after the merger with Disney has been completely finalized.
SOURCE: EMPIRE MAGAZINE