Last year, Ridley Scott released a little film called Alien: Covenant. It was the second prequel to the original film, and the follow-up to 2012’s polarizing Prometheus. While the movie did pretty well with critics (though plenty had problems with it), it didn’t do too tell on the box office front.
The film had a budget of $97 million, and ended up making a disappointing $240.7 million worldwide. Taking into account the advertising, it’s possible that the film didn’t quite make back all its money (though it’s more likely it had a modest profit). However, the real disappointment sets in when you compare it to Prometheus, which took in $403.4 million worldwide. This shows an incredibly negative trajectory that can’t be ignored.
While it’s not clear as to WHY audiences didn’t take to the film, in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, director Ridley Scott mentioned that he thought the franchise…well, just take a look:
“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars. So I think the next step as to where we go is, do we sustain the Alien (series) with the evolution of the beast or do we reinvent something else? I think you need to have an evolution on this famous beast because he’s the best monster ever, really.”
Not sure we agree with that. By virtue of Alien’s violent nature, it’s easy to see why it can’t compete with the high adventure and family-friendly spirit of the Star Wars franchise. That being said, it’s nice to hear him talking about potentially changing it up for the future…but will he actually make another Alien film?
“I would like to; they’re crazy if they don’t. David is a fantastic villain. I love what (Michael Fassbender) did in Covenant. But it’s f—ing hard, dude. We lifted Alien out of a ditch and made Prometheus.”
Scott would likely have to accept some real compromises if he does do another one. As it stands, there seems to be no financial incentive for the studio to return back to the well once again.
Do you think Scott will be able to change things up enough for audiences who have already jumped ship? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: Toronto Sun