Alien: Covenant sequel: Ridley Scott reveals Awakening filming date

The director also spoke about why Neill Blomkamp's Alien was cancelled

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With the release of Alien: Covenant fast approaching, Ridley Scott has already begun talking about the film’s sequel — Alien: Awakening — revealing there’s already a filming date stencilled in.

“We're writing [a sequel] now, as we speak,” Scott told IGN in a characteristically open interview. “I'll be filming that within 14 months.”

Alien: Covenant follows the story of a new human crew as they explore the galaxy, hoping to find a new planet to make their own. The blockbuster continues the story of Michael Fassbender’s robotic David who debuted in Prometheus, further explaining the origin of the titular xenomorph.

During the interview, Scott also spoke candidly about the Neill Blomkamp-directed sequel that was cancelled recently. The film was originally rumoured to ignore the events of Alien 3 and beyond, instead beginning a new timeline.

“They wanted to do Alien, er, Awakening - Neill Blomkamp,” Scott explained. “I said fine. I was going to be the producer. If I could have, I would have. Except I do question - why have both [Blomkamp's Alien and Scott's Alien] out there? It seems like shooting your big toe off - it doesn't make sense. 

“But they didn't go forward with it, Fox, so I just kind of kept out of it. I mean, I'd literally ignited this thing to bring it off the ground again, because it was lying there dormant on a shelf. I had this thing to bring it back up - but here we are.”

Alien: Covenant touches down this Friday. Here’s what the critics have been saying about the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel.