Another Alien film in the works?
Ridley Scott always has something in the works. Even at his age, he manages to be an incredibly busy filmmaker in the business. It certainly helps that he’s a reliable commodity who can churn out fairly quality work with seemingly little effort. Seriously, Scott has a blue collar mentality to filmmaking that’s hard not to respect. He works hard, plans hard, and gets his films out on budget and on schedule. But I think many fans seem to think the Alien franchise is played out.
I was intrigued by Prometheus, but any enthusiasm I had for the franchise really kind of petered out with Alien: Covenant. Although Scott stated in interviews prior to its release that he had plans going forward, the box office performance of the film made a sequel seemingly impossible. I figured that would be the end of Alien, but it looks like that isn’t quite the case.
Speaking with Forbes, Scott confirmed that there is another movie in the works. However, if the film does happen, it doesn’t sound like it’ll be in that prequel universe.
“We went down a route to try and reinvent the wheel with Prometheus and Covenant,” Scott said. “Whether or not we go directly back to that is doubtful because Prometheus woke it up very well. But you know, you’re asking fundamental questions like, ‘Has the Alien himself, the facehugger, the chestburster, have they all run out of steam? Do you have to rethink the whole bloody thing and simply use the word to franchise?’ That’s always the fundamental question.”
Admittedly, his comments are a bit disappointing to me. While I thought Prometheus was good, I never felt like it reinvented the wheel. It kind of recontextualized the wheel, but still very much felt like it was a standard wheel. The same goes for Alien: Covenant. In fact, my biggest problem with the franchise was that it felt like it was doing the same thing over and over again. Prior to Alien: Covenant’s release, I know Scott discussed the need to revamp the Alien creature to make it relevant again.
“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 got to come in with something else. You’ve got to replace that,” Scott told Yahoo back in 2017.
Clearly, the failure of Alien: Covenant seems to have him second-guessing the idea of re-thinking the actual Xenomorph, which I am not a fan of. We will see what comes of this Alien franchise. In my opinion, they really need to change things up in order to keep my interest. I’d much rather see Scott do more original projects than try to beat this dead horse.
But we’ll see how it turns out. What about you? Do you want to see the Alien franchise continue? Are you happy that a new Alien film is in the works? Sound off down below!
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