The plans to connect Prometheus to Alien were revealed by Ridley Scott during a press conference in Australia. The director is overseas to begin production on the next film in the Alien canon, Covenant, which serves as the first sequel to Prometheus.
The three-part series will answer “very basic questions posed in Alien: Why the alien, who might have made it, and where did it come from?” he said. “So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one.” According to Scott, the new film will pick up where Prometheus left off.
“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.”
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Covenant will track the titular voyage arriving on a planet they believed to be paradise — but its only inhabitant is the synthetic David (Fassbender), a survivor of the failed Prometheus expedition. Fassbender returns from Prometheus, but costar Noomi Rapace will have only a limited role, according to Scott.
Scott didn’t direct a follow-up of one of his works until 2012’s Prometheus. When discussing doing sequels, he replied with a humorous candor: “Star Wars will be a juggernaut. Why do you think I’m doing sequels?”
Covenant is currently set for an Oct. 6, 2017 release.