…Or two additional Prometheus sequels, depending on how you want to hash semantics. (I did not think that was something I would be saying twice today. Also I’m in serious parens mode for some reason). So what we’re talking about is four Alien prequels to answer the “why” of it all, including Prometheus and the upcoming Alien: Covenant.
The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop from Ridley Scott himself at a press conference in Sydney. The director explained that he wanted to flesh out the origin story of Alien‘s titular character:
“Prometheus 1 was borne 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 3 that followed that 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.”
And he went on to say that there would be “another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.”
If you’re having trouble with the chronology, I drew a little diagram to make sense of it:
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender as creepy android David, and comes out October 6, 2017.