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'Alien' franchise may go on forever

Mark Daniell.

By Mark Daniell, Postmedia Network

Ridley Scott is ready to keep making Alien movies until he dies — literally.

The 79-year-old director is starting the promo rounds for Alien: Covenant and he says his upcoming sequel is just the start of something bigger.

In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Scott revealed that a script for a sequel has already been written.

"You've got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you'd better be ready," he says. "You don't want a two-year gap. So I'll be ready to go again next year."

And his Covenant, which follows 2012’s Prometheus, is just the second film in what could be an eight-film series.

“If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six,” Scott says. “I’m not going to close it down again. No way.”

Covenant is expected to be more closely tied to the original Alien film, which opened in 1979 and spawned three follow-ups.

During an appearance at SXSW, Scott was enthusiastic for the sequel promising it is “a cut above what's happened before.”

The plotline is simple, the Covenant crew lands on a distant planet to start the first large-scale colonization mission. But the group realizes not everything is what it seems when they find wheat growing.

“What are the odds of finding human vegetation this far from Earth?” one asks.

Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce are reprising their roles from the original, with newcomers Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, James Franco and Danny McBride joining the action.

When asked at SXSW if Waterston’s character is related to Alien’s original heroine Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Scott replied: “No… she’s herself.”