Could the Alien franchise be in trouble? It isn’t looking good for the next film in the series, Alien: Awakening. Word around town is that it has been shelved. Pre-production was scheduled for September 2017 but outlets are beginning to suspect that the series is adrift. Fan rejoiced after Disney‘s large acquisition of Fox properties. No strangers to multiple sequels and universe-building, Disney’s control of the property all but guaranteed a long life for the franchise.
Relying heavily on a source close to the project, Blood Disgusting and AvP Galaxy have speculated that Fox has pulled the plug. It should go without saying that no one at Fox has come forward to announce any changes in the films development schedule. And all speculation is coming from a post in the blu-ray.com forums. and a user claiming to have worked on Alien: Covenant. According to user HumanMedia:
The sequel to Covenant was originally due to start preproduction this month in Sydney. After the box office results filming was cancelled, and a warehouse storage unit full of stuff was auctioned off a few months ago. So the original plan of pumping out another quickly has definitely changed with no immediate plans for anything.
The news is nothing short of rumor, and we recommend you take it with a grain of salt. That said, if it were in fact true, I don’t know that fans would be incredibly surprised. Alien: Covenant only saw $74 Million at the domestic box office with a stronger performance internationally that helped cover the $97 Million budget. Worldwide totals helped save the film, bringing in over $240 Million but the mixed reception from critics and moviegoers alike doesn’t inspire confidence in future installments.
This doesn’t mean that that the franchise is completely dead in the water. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly Ridley Scott stated that this film will be made. With that confidence, it is hard to believe that he won’t find a way to make it happen. Scott has proven himself has a director that doesn’t sit around on his hands waiting, hoping for everything to fall into place. He recently spoke to Vulture about saving All The Money in The World from near implosion after the Kevin Spacey scandal. When asked about his shooting schedules, Scott called out the studios and “place-holder” directors. “We did Alien: Covenant, which is a very complicated film, in 73 days. That would normally be 130 days. What the fuck are you doing, you know?” If Disney is looking to dramatically reduce the budget before moving forward on Alien: Awakening, I don’t think it will change Scott’s plans at all.
The Alien franchise has had its up and downs throughout the years, but it is still one of the more beloved in the horror and sci-fi community. Hopefully this news just means there will be delays and Alien: Awakening will still happen. Let us know what you think of the speculation in the comments below.