TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 15, 2018
Alien fans have put up with disappointment for so long—32 years by my count—that it's almost easy to forget that the first two films in the franchise are among the best science fiction films ever made. When Ridley Scott returned to the franchise with 2012's Prometheus, it was the first of a planned trilogy of Alien prequels.
Despite being one of the dumbest movies ever made, Prometheus was at least trying to do something different with the franchise. Last year's Alien: Covenant, however, preferred to just recycle all the major beats of the first Alien film. It didn't work. The film was more or less reviled and bombed at the box office, causing the planned third film in the trilogy to languish.
Empire Magazine, however, unearthed the plot of what was planned to be titled Alien: Awakening, which would've pitted Michael Fassbender's David against a planet full of Engineers...
“Logan's script would have seen the return of Prometheus' Engineers, with that species' survivors coming after the genocidal David. Setting-wise, Scott said it was obvious 'We're gonna actually go to the planet,' by which we assume he means LV-426.”
Alien fans should recognize that as the name of the planet from the original 1979 film, which would bring things full circle, leaving the Xenomorphs on that planet for Ripley and crew to discover. I'm glad this isn't happening, because I guarantee they'd have found some way to beef the execution. Better to just leave well enough alone at this point.
[h/t HN Entertainment]