Director Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “The Martian”) is counting on the success of his upcoming “Alien” sequel, “Alien: Covenant,” because he has four new franchise instalments planned to follow it, as he revealed in an interview with Fandango.

The post-‘Prometheus’ franchise will make up two trilogies

During the interview, Scott was asked what he had planned for the “Alien” series following the latest instalment, and he assured fans of the intergalactic chest-bursting xenomorphic horror franchise that “there will be another one” that will bring the story “kind of literally and logically, clockwise, back into” the very first “Alien” Film starring Sigourney Weaver and the late, great John Hurt.

But wait, there’s more!

When he was asked about the overall “Alien” timeline and where “Covenant” fits and where this proposed new film would fit in relation to that and the original “Alien” and also its distant predecessor “Prometheus” (because it’s all very, very confusing and way out of place), Scott ordered the films as “Prometheus,” then “Awakening,” then “Covenant.”

So, what is ‘Alien: Awakening?’

Hang on, “Awakening?” That’s the first we’re hearing of that. And it goes between “Prometheus” and “Covenant?” That’s confusing. Why not just make “Awakening” first then? “Alien” is harder to keep up than the “Star Wars” films, jumping all over the timeline like that. Scott’s a master, so he must have something up his sleeve that makes this the right story move.

“Covenant” is about a colonisation ship that stumbles upon the deadly xenomorph (well, Neomorph), and according to Scott, it is “fairly integral where this colonisation ship is on the way,” teasing the plot of “Alien: Awakening.”

So, “Alien: Awakening” will theoretically complete the trilogy (since Scott listed them as a trio) that also includes “Prometheus” and “Covenant,” and Scott says that those three will then be followed by three more film, which will form a second trilogy to follow, and leave us with a total of four new “Alien” films left after this year’s “Covenant.” Also, Scott confirmed that these other three would all take place before (or possibly concurrently with) the original “Alien” film.

Alien: Covenant,” reportedly the goriest “Alien” film ever made, is set to be released in cinemas on 19 May.