How Many More Alien Movies Ridley Scott Says He’ll Make

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Alien Covenant will be the first film in a new prequel trilogy.

At a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in September, legendary British filmmaker Ridley Scott encouraged a change to Australia’s filmmaking incentives that could mean three movies will be shot in Sydney.Ridley Scott used to be the poster child for never doing sequels, but after bending that rule with Prometheus and breaking it by co-writing and producing the upcoming Blade Runner 2, it seems the legendary director is now determined to make as many Alien films as possible.

Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Alien: Covenant” will use Australia’s New South Wales for its principal photography, following the injection of state government support.Ridley Scott confirmed that he is planning another two Prometheus sequels to follow Alien: Covenant before the Prometheus storyline meets up with the original 1979 Alien.

The director of such classics as , Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and Gladiator called for more internationally competitive filmmaking incentives at a level that would have allowed him to shoot the hit sci-fi movie The Martian in Australia rather than Hungary. Alien: Covenant will not, as previously announced, be the second film in a prequel trilogy that started with Prometheus; it will in fact be the beginning of its own trilogy. “Prometheus was borne out of my frustration that on Alien in 1979 — I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels,” Scott said at a press conference in Sydney, in comments picked up on by The Hollywood Reporter. “I was amazed that in the three that followed that no-one asked the question ‘why the alien, who made it and why?’ Very basic questions. The film had previously been confirmed to shoot in Australia, following a federal government grant, and several states had jockeyed to land the picture. The NSW government did not specify how much finance it will provide, but said that the film would contribute some $43 million (A$60 million) to the local economy.

That’s a lot of foward planning, and maybe a bit of a nightmare for the screenwriters who have to somehow film at least six hours of running time with stories which link to Alien without just being awkward connect the dot tales. Scott also had some more to say about Covenant: “So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one.

Director, Scott has recently said that he envisages three prequel movies and that the plan is to shoot all three in Australia. “Covenant” is a second prequel, following “Prometheus.” Michael Fassbender will reprieve his role and is expected at the Fox Studios in Sydney from March next year. We’ll kind of pick it up there, with Michael Fassbender in pieces, and it will evolve…” He also confirmed that Noomi Rapace will have some limited screen time but mostly it will be about a new crew, of the supposedly doomed spaceship Covenant.

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,” the British director revealed. Confirming that Sydney would be the location for Alien: Covenant on Friday, Scott said it would follow on from 2012’s Prometheus and would have Michael Fassbender returning as both android David and a doppelganger. This is a technically challenging film to make but our NSW filmmakers are up to the task,” said NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant. Scott said he had discovered how much he liked Australians working with “one of the hardest ones”, Russell Crowe, five times including Gladiator, American Gangster and Robin Hood.

Shooting will be a mix of location and studio shoots with location requiting “monumental forest and monumental rock and the rest will be in the studio with fairly formidable CGI. James Cameron continued the series with Aliens in 1986, David Fincher with Alien 3 in 1992, Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Alien: Resurrection in 1997 and Scott returned for Prometheus in 2012. While he was looking forward to shooting in Sydney, Scott said a sequel to Blade Runner, which he will produce and Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) will direct, was likely headed for Beijing. That grant in effect raised Australian location tax offset from 16 percent to 30 percent, a move which its now considering making permanent for all productions.

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