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The next installment of the Alien series, Alien: Covenant, is gearing up for release on May 19. We’ve been reporting on what to expect with casting news and on-set photos.

But, taking a look back, fans were slightly torn over 2012’s Prometheus, the prequel to 1979’s Alien, at least according to the director himself, Ridley Scott.

What was missing? The original alien.

Originally, Scott had no plans to include the xenomorph in Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, but — as we know — plans change.

Scott  talked to Yahoo! Movies, saying, “It [Prometheus] went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated.”

“They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought, ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong.’ ”

He took the fans’ feedback into consideration, saying, “The fans, in a funny kind of way – they’re not the final word – but they are the reflection of your doubts about something… and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right’.”

He considers audience response very valuable, explaining, “I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take [the fans’ reaction] into account.”

In the same interview, Scott revealed he’s already working on a direct follow-up to Covenant with the script complete, saying, “I’ll probably be filming it within a year. It’ll be out within a year and nine months. It’s weird when you’re writing, doing, planning, thinking about franchises, it’s amazing how it opens up and starts to evolve.”

When he says, “weird,” we’ll interpret that as absolutely terrific news for us Alien fans.

Alien Covenant stars Michael FassbenderKatherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, and James Franco.

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By Brigid Brown