20th Century Fox officially announced Ridley Scott will be returning the Alien series to direct the sequel to Prometheus, now titled Alien: Covenant set for a 2107 release.
Scott has not been secretive about his ambitions to deliver complete a prequel trilogy to the Alien series, despite the less than stellar response to his 2012 quasi-origin story starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.
From 20th Century Fox:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Prometheus offered hints to the origins of the deadly iconic Xenomorph creature as well as introducing us to the race of the humanoid aliens discovered in the crashed derelict space ship by the crew of the Nostromo in Alien. Scott has insisted his prequel storyline would run parallel to the Alien series, but also now is seems like the story will lead directly to the his 1979 sci-fi classic.
Alien: Covenant is set for October 6th 2017.