The last film in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel franchise Alien: Covenant failed to meet expectations and plans for the sequel were all but squashed as Scott has since decided to pivot to television with his TNT science fiction series Raised By Wolves.
It looks like someone is still keen to return in the meantime.
Our friends over at ThePlaylist recently spoke with Alien: Covenant actress Katherine Waterston about her various projects and the questions turned her future with the Alien franchise, asking her if she has spoken to Ridley Scott about the sequel tentatively titled Alien: Awakening.
“No, basically. I don’t live in Hollywood, and I’m always usually the last person to know even what’s going on in my own career. So, [I’m] probably not the best person to ask. But I did get some sense of where they thought they might like to take it when we were shooting ‘Covenant,’ and it sounded really interesting. I would be absolutely game to do more if they wanted to have me. But that’s all I know. I’m sure they’ve changed their minds anyway. And there’s been probably loads of different ideas going around and everything. But just in case I spoil something by talking about it, I wouldn’t dare.”
According to recent quotes from representives of Fox, the studio isn’t planning on making new films at this time. That suggests that they’re waiting on the merger to complete and letting new studio head Emma Watts and Disney’s Alan Horn figure things out.
The merchandise is still very profitable as video game Alien: Isolation sold 2.1 million copies and the Alien franchise toys released by toy company NECA are selling well enough for the company to release multiple variants on a regular basis. A key reason that Disney isn’t likely going to sell-off or dismiss the franchise as they are excited with continuing R-rated franchises like Kingsman. Arguably Kingsman has a smaller fanbase than Alien and they’re willing to continue those movies.
Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Great Game and Kingsman 3 will be Disney owned when they’re released by 20th Century Fox (overseen by Disney’s Alan Horn), refuting previous fan theories that Disney will kill mature content.
In August, Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioned his excitement to get his hands on Kingsman.
Bob Iger name drops Kingsman as one of the franchises among those they are excited to have with the Fox acquisition, along with Marvel's X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avatar, and more!
— HN Entertainment (@HNEsocial) August 7, 2018
I’m very interested to see if Alan Horn and Emma Watts will revive projects like Alien 5 or Alien: Awakening or will pivot to characters they’re currently focused on such as Alien: Isolation’s Amanda Ripley.
SOURCE: THE PLAYLIST