Alien director, Ridley Scott, has revealed that he believes that there’s no reason why the Alien franchise can’t be as popular as Star Wars and Star Trek.
Ridley Scott created arguably one of the best sci-fi horrors of all time in the original Alien. On a personal, it’s one of my favourite films ever, along with The Thing and Blade Runner (do you see a sci-fi trend there…?). However, his recent attempts to rejuvenate the franchise have left Alien-lovers and moviegoers in general feeling a little bit cold. His first attempt, Prometheus, was met with middling to negative reviews (it was a big “meh” from me). There were some interesting ideas there and a brilliant performance from Michael Fassbender, yet the film was a bit lost and failed to recapture that Alien magic.
However, in comparison to Alien: Covenant Prometheus was a masterpiece. Covenant wasn’t terrible per se, it was just completely and utterly pointless. At least Prometheus had some thought and interesting ideas. Alien: Covenant was just your standard alien monster movie barely better than the Alien vs Predator movies. However, Ridley Scott seems to be convinced that the Alien franchise should and will live on (don’t ask me why). In my opinion the poor of Xenomorph should either be left alone or be given to someone else, Neill Blomkamp perhaps, to try something new with the incredible monster.
In a recent interview with Gamespot, Scott revealed that he sees no reason why the Alien franchise can’t be as popular as Star Wars or Star Trek. “There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars. I think the next as to where we go is, do we sustain the Alien [franchise] 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,” said the director.
In all honesty, I think Scott might be barking up the wrong tree. I love Alien, however, the sequels, apart from James Cameron’s Aliens, have ranged from being a bit rubbish to really rubbish. That said, now that Disney has acquired Fox, they now own the Alien franchise and it could be interesting to see what they do with it. Whether they let Ridley continue making his Alien-less films with Michael Fassbender or they inject some new blood into the Xenomorphic franchise by handing it over to a younger director.
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