Ridley Scott has decided he’s just going to keep making Alien prequels until he’s either dead or too weak to continue. The problem is as long as Fox is occupied with making prequels, we can’t get a SE-quel, meaning Sigourney Weaver is just sitting there while the precious remaining years of her life tick away. ….Though I guess CG-ing her back to life is always an option.
According to Scott, though, the prequels won’t be entirely Ripley-free. Most of his planned story ideas take place decades before Ellen is even born, let alone in her 60’s — but her existence will fit into the plot eventually. This is what Scott recently said about that:
We’re heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [computers] may be feasible. I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.
Translation: eventually Ripley’s parents will be involved in all this. But in what way? Hopefully not in a conspiracy-type fashion. It would be a little too convenient that Ripley happened to choose the career of a space trucker of her own free will, giving Weyland-Yutani the opening to send her to LV-426. Maybe Scott is thinking about these story problems, maybe he isn’t.
Alien: Covenant was released earlier this year; Scott has several more stories in mind but his next project does not have a release timetable yet.