"In space no one can hear you scream" is one of the most iconic movie taglines of all time, and the classic film that spawned it – Alien – is getting another shot.
Director Ridley Scott has just confirmed that a new film in the sci-fi space horror saga is in the works. But the new film isn’t likely to be in the same prequel universe of the two most recent Alien films, 2012's Prometheus and 2017's Alien: Covenant.
In an interview published by Forbes, the legendary British filmmaker confirmed that a new Alien movie is indeed in the works, but will likely take another direction as Scott rethinks the future of the franchise, “That’s in process. We went down a route to try and reinvent the wheel with Prometheus and Covenant,” Scott said. “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.”
Last June, Sigourney Weaver revealed that she received a 50-page story treatment for an 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 no confirmation yet if Weaver, who played the iconic Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, will be back to star in the fifth film, as she expressed little interest in kicking Xenomorph ass once more.
She told Empire magazine, “I don’t know. Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”