Ridley Scott recently confirmed that Prometheus 2 will be his follow-up to The Martian, with filming set to begin early next year with Michael Fassbender returning to reprise his role as David. There were a lot of questions left unanswered by the first Prometheus film, and as it turns out, it might take Scott more than one film to answer them.

Scott spoke with German site FilmFutter about the upcoming Prometheus sequel and how it connects to the Alien franchise. Previously, Scott claimed that Prometheus wasn’t a direct prequel to Alien, even though the ending of the former blatantly suggested otherwise. But during this new interview, Scott confirmed that he is using Prometheus to build toward the Alien franchise:

The whole point is to explain the Alien franchise and how and why the creation of the aliens. I always saw the Alien as a type of biological warfare. For me, the original spaceship that I call the croissant, a warship that contains these biomechanoids creatures, which is all about destruction.

Scott’s desire to tie the two franchises together may be the reason why he’s pushed Neill Blomkamp’s new Alien sequel back until he can finish Prometheus 2. When Scott was asked when we can expect Prometheus to lead into Alien, he revealed that he might actually be working on more than one sequel:

Yes, but it will not be the next. It will be in the next but Prometheus or perhaps even in a later, before we are in a sense back in the Alien franchise.

Here’s the thing: Scott’s quotes were given in English and translated in German, so it’s possible that there was a bit of a disconnect in what he was trying to express. But that quote does seem to indicate that Scott has an idea for at least one more Prometheus film after the upcoming sequel.