– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant are movies that did fairly well in terms of critical reception, the films didn’t do much to incite enthusiasm in the fan community.

Either the films play too loosey goosey with the mythology, or they didn’t do enough with it, but there was something there that was missing for fans. Speaking at a director’s roundtable with THR, director Ridley Scott explained his thoughts behind making this year’s Alien: Covenant, and while doing so, he says something pretty interesting.

“I figured it was a good piece of business to follow through on Prometheus, which from ground zero, had good liftoff. So we went to Covenant to perpetuate the idea, and re-evolve the universe of the alien — who I think the beast has almost run out personally. You’ve gotta come in with something else. You’ve gotta replace that.”

That’s right. It sounds like Ridley Scott is ready to either call it quits on the franchise, or is ready to replace the titular Xenomorph altogether. After several films, the Xenomorph has been the alien that’s shaped the entire franchise — in addition to shaping the idea of a threatening extraterrestrial being.

But what is he looking to do? Like many audiences, it does sound like he thinks that it’s time to pack it in with the franchise. He’s counted his losses and seems ready to move on to the next big thing — at least personally.

What do you think of Scott’s statement? Let us know down below!

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  • Kratos

    i had the extreme displeasure of being so bored i actually watched A:C while on a 16 hour flight from dubai to the USA last month. god awful movie. hot stewardesses.

    • TheOct8pus

      Nice….about the stewardesses – not the bad movie….Emirates?

      • Kratos

        affirm. and yes they look as hot in real life as the ones you see in the commercials

  • mrneddles

    They should have stopped after Aliens.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    There’s really NO need to bridge the gap between the Covenant and the Nostromo with another film.

  • Tonk99

    If Ridley thinks the Alien films have ‘run out’ then he need look no further than himself if he’s after someone to blame.

    I like Prometheus quite a lot and thought it put forward some good ideas albeit with a kinda sloppy execution. But then Ridley and co. caved into the critical backlash Prometheus recieved and desperately tried to make Covenant feel more ‘Alien-y’ by veering away from the promising premise set up in the previous film. The result was a bland, forgettable stupid movie that felt kit-bashed and rushed with no likable characters except David.

    Ridley should have stuck to his guns and had Shaw be the central character through a new trilogy which would have ended with the crash of the Nostromo. Instead, Covenant has left us no more enlightened as to where these films are going or why they exist. The Alien universe is as messy as ever.

  • Frank Vega

    I said it before…. They should have made Blomkamp movie instead of this garbage.

    • Agreed

    • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

      It´s not to late… is it? I mean… Blomkamp is a sequel for the Aliens movie… not the rest

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I think the problem for me is that they keep making damn prequels. I don’t care how it came to be. The mystery is what makes it alien by definition. I just want to see what happens post Ripley’s story. Does her clone take the fight to them. With Weyland/Yutani ever learn from their ways? Move the story forward dammit.

  • Eric Anderson

    I think for Ridley, the ideas have run out. Which is why someone like Blomkamp should be given the reins to make a true sequal to Aliens. Imagine all out war between a full military and a Starcraft Zerg swarm of critters. It would be f’ing epic. The fear element has been played out, the xenomorph alien has lost its mystique, but the opportunity for epicness is still there. Let the bugs get to earth and “Let’s RAAAAWWKK!!”

  • claudiomario

    Blomkamp please

  • Brock Richards

    Like many an Alien uber fan I was extremely excited by Neil Blomkamp’s pending Alien sequel that would have ignored the disappointing 3 & 4 sequels and brought back Ripley, Hicks and Newt. There was a script, the actors lined up to return and a greenlight from Fox. Then Sir Ridley put the big kibosh on it so he could bore the shit out of us with Covenant a film even worse than Prometheus, no small task and a planned third film in the Prometheus vein it looks like will never get made now thankfully. So a big F.U. to Sir Ridley who pulled the plug on the movie all the fans actually wanted to see so he could make a couple of turds only he wanted to see. Sorry he’s bored with the xenomorph’s we the fans are not, just needs to be dome right. Can we please get Blomkamp’s film??? Please…

  • TheFifthIrrelevant

    Rather than trying to recreate the tension of the original movie, they need to think larger scale, Like thousands of them on earth and the military response to such a wide-spread outbreak. I want to see something like the second movie but on steroids…..

  • mightymo

    Acid oozing aliens will always be popular.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.