There was a time not so long ago when Ridley Scott and Neil Blomkamp were simultaneously working on movies that were set within the larger 'Alien' universe. The former on 'Prometheus 2' and the latter on a fifth 'Alien' proper film. This has since changed with Scott deciding to change the name of his sequel to 'Alien: Paradise Lost' and then again to 'Alien: Covenant' while also deciding to lead his future movies directly into the story of the original 1979 'Alien'. This with the combination of 'Chappie' not performing quite as well as expected has Blomkamp's picture looking all but cancelled.
The Hollywood Reporter has released some quotes from Scott that address both what his future 'Alien' movies will be about and how many he plans to make after hearing him speak in Australia where the upcoming production will take place.
On the reason for making these upcoming space-flicks Scott said “Prometheus 1 was born 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 three that followedthat 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" which seems like he is addressing questions I have heard no one ask before. This may be a personal preference but I don't see the need for prequel stories in most cases. I'm okay with the existence of story universes that the audience can just jump into from the opening shot. What do I know though?
Scott spoke some more with a notable quote about the length of time he plans on spending in this world moving forward. On this subject he had this to say, "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" seemingly laying out his plans for the next decade or so.
This is a pretty expansive involvement he is planning especially given his age. Not to be too morbid but Mr. Scott is currently 77 and this plan would leave him behind the camera as director of this franchise for at least six more years, and more likely nine plus. This combined with his recent filmography, 'The Martian' excluded, and his apparent uncertainty over what type of story he wants to tell in this universe leaves me cautiously optimistic at best and quite worried more truthfully.
Only the next few years will reveal the truth but here's to hoping that we get some gnarly sci-fi thrillers from a director who is seemingly back in the rhythm of things. If nothing else, will get to see some more Michael Fassbender android action.