Earlier this week, we reported Ridley Scott’s quiet revelation that the screenplay for a sequel to ‘Alien: Covenant’ had already been written. When Scott returned to the ‘Alien’ franchise with ‘Prometheus’, the plan was to do a trilogy of films (of which ‘Covenant’ is the first) that would bridge the gap between that film and the original ‘Alien’. Now, it turns out that Scott’s plans may go even farther than that…

On top of ‘Covenant’ and whatever sequels are already planned, Scott has intimated that he may be interested in producing far more ‘Alien’ material than orignally planned. Speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald, the director saying that if fans “really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six.” While an offhanded boast in an interview should not be confused for an official announcement, the fact that a director and producer as busy as Scott has been in recent years is even considering committing to six films in a single franchise is not something that can just be ignored. Though as exciting as the possibility is, we once again have to point out that it can’t bode well for Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’.

In addition to this statement, Scott also offered this reflection on ‘Prometheus’, making it known that he is interested in continuing to deepen the ‘Alien’ mythology as he did with that film, instead of simply letting it rest on its laurels:

“What we did really well on ‘Prometheus’, considering that it was a ground zero idea that was starting all over again, was I discovered that people do have an appetite for the alien and what he means and his evolution – the egg, the facehugger, the chestburster, as we call them. People still want to see it. So I return to a little bit of that but not wholeheartedly; there’s a lot in here which is new as well.”

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Directed by Ridley Scott, ‘Alien: Covenant’ is set to arrive in theaters on May 19, 2017. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, James Franco, and Amy Seimetz.