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More Alien Prequels, Non-Reboot Gremlins 3 on the Way; Your Childhood Alive and Well

No reboots after midnight.


Star Wars isn’t the only franchise from years past riding the sequel train. Ridley Scott has said that his Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel, Alien: Covenant, is just the first of three movies that will lead up to Alien‘s story. If aliens aren’t quite your speed, we’re also getting more mogwai, and the star of the original Gremlins says it’ll be a proper sequel.

Back to aliens for a second, Scott announced that the new Alien prequels would answer, “very basic questions posed in Alien: ‘why the alien,’ ‘who might have made it,’ and ‘where did it come from?'” at a press conference in Sydney, where Covenant is in production, according to THR. Because if there’s one fact of filmmaking we all know, it’s the more you know about a movie’s monster, the more frightening it becomes. … Right? (Pretty sure it’s the opposite. Maybe midi-chlorians created the alien!)

Scott elaborated that Covenant will keep the story going where Prometheus left off:

We’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.

So in other words, “Why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him?” And those questions will be answered.

At least it’s not a reboot? Meanwhile, the upcoming Gremlins movie also isn’t a reboot, according to Zach Galligan, AKA Gizmo’s pal Billy. At a recent screening of the original in London, GamesRadar reports that Galligan said, “It’s not going to be a reboot. It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form.” He also added, “[Gremlins writer] Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart, and as long as he is alive, it will never be remade.”

Galligan’s not sure yet whether or not he’ll appear in the movie, but he claimed that the sequel would be done in the spirit of Jurassic World, where time has passed in the movie’s universe just as it has in the real world. That sounds an awful lot like another sequel coming out in the near future …

Well, as Ridley Scott joked(?), “Star Wars will be a juggernaut. Why do you think I’m doing sequels?”

(image via Warner Bros.)

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