It looks like director Ridley Scott is aware of the new Alien film that has been in development because in a recent interview with Forbes, he teased the future of the franchise and confirmed that a new film is in the works. But, it’s doubtful that film will continue the story of Prometheus and Covenant.
When asked about the new Alien film project, Scott said:
“That’s in process. We went down a route to try and reinvent the wheel with Prometheus and Covenant. Whether or not we go directly back to that is doubtful because Prometheus woke it up very well. But you know, you’re asking fundamental questions like, ‘Has the Alien himself, the facehugger, the chestburster, have they all run out of steam? Do you have to rethink the whole bloody thing and simply use the word to franchise?’ That’s always the fundamental question.”
It makes sense that Disney and Fox would want to keep this franchise alive and try to do something big with it again. There is a fifth Alien film project that is currently being worked on, and it’s about the destiny of Ripley.
Sigourney Weaver revealed that she was sent a 50-page treatment for this Alien 5 project. The script also included the tagline, “In space no one can hear you scream. In space no one can hear you dream.” There’s also a quote on the cover from Edgar Allen Poe that reads, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” Then there’s a quote by William Tecumseh Sherman that says, “War is hell.”
Producer Walter Hill previously talked about the script and revealed that the “destiny” of Ellen Ripley is key to the new film:
“Sigourney, as she has from the very beginning, is being too modest about her proven ability to pull off the idea — which is to tell a story that scares the pants off your date, kicks the ass of a new Xenomorph, and conducts a meditation on both the universe of the Alien franchise and the destiny of the character of Lt. Ellen Ripley.”
There’s no word on if Weaver would return to the franchise. She has cast doubt saying that, saying, “Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.” But, who knows! Maybe she will come back for the next Alien film. We’ll just have to wait and see.