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Ridley Scott Could Shoot ‘Alien’ Movies Until He Dies

Ridley Scott is already 79 years old. No, seriously. I couldn’t believe it myself. He’s had an incredible career that’s come full circle with his Alien: Covenant releasing this May. In fact, he’s also producing Warner Bros.’ Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, opening in October. Before Scott fully embraced his roots, he attempted a weird Alien prequel, Prometheus, which was to bridge the two films. And while it’s taken a few years to get the sequel, this summer’s Covenant, into production, he already plans to shoot his next Alien film in 2018.

In fact, Scott has already gone on record that Covenant is the first in a new Alien trilogy, which will now connect directly into his 1979 Alien. Assuming he gets the next one off the ground in 2018, and has another lined up just as quickly, he’ll be 83-84 by the time the new trilogy is completed. But oh, no, he could always do more, six even.

A bit I missed in the lengthy Sydney Morning Herald article:

“If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six,” Scott said. “I’m not going to close it down again. No way.”

It’s unclear if he’s referencing Blade Runner or Alien, but I think his sentiment is clear, he’s embracing his legacy, putting his name back on his two biggest franchises, and is going to take them to his grave.

I can understand an artist’s frustration when younger generations no longer associate them with their biggest stepping stones. A weird example in modern horror would be SAW, which was co-created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and directed by Wan. When Darren Lynn Bousman took over for the three following sequels, many thought he was the brains behind the franchise. I can only imagine how irritating that would be to Wan and Whannell. With Scott, being the man behind two of the most important sci-fi films (not named Star Wars) ever, you’ve got to imagine that he wants to be remembered along with people like George Lucas. If this means he’s got to direct six more Alien sequels, so be it…and mother fucking BRING IT.



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  • Otterlee

    I’m ready too! Let’s get this train rolling!

  • Khy

    I can keep watching them until I die. Keep them coming Ridley

  • Wolf Kane

    Music to my ears!

  • sliceanddice

    you know what, by face of sheer number the quality will vary but i know they will always been of a certain quality to me because i am a hardcore alien fan and i also know they will be of that same quality because of scotts involvement.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    Watching an Alien franchise marathon would probably take a few days at that point lol go for it.

  • Hash-Slinging Slasher

    “Fuck you, Blomkamp”

    • Mehliens

      Yeah fuck Blomkamp and the fucking wankers that support him and his shitty movies twice as hard

      • Nahuel Benvenuto

        ey, District 9 was a great movie, then he sold his soul to the hollywood devil and made bad movies, but is very common

        • Saturn

          Yeah, D9 was awesome.
          I still haven’t checked out his next 2 movies yet though, but both I intend to. Are they really “that” bad though, or is that his first movie was just so good and was difficult to follow?

          • Mehliens

            I can only hope you guys wake up on the use of the word awesome in relation to film making, D9 is an ok-ish actioner that was literally saved by Peter Jackson during production. Blomkamp alone can’t make a decent film to save his life and it shows. Why is it so hard to admit that he is a barely mediocre director and an absolut disaster as a writer? One could say the same about Ridley but at least Ridley is old school and learned film making when it was still an art form to be original and not a geek fest for fanboys who only know how to reproduce things from popular culture. Blom doesn’t have a shred of real cinematic mojo in him. His films look and play like commercials for video games. Games that cater to 12 year olds…

      • Saturn

        Mehliens mate, let it go……let it go……

  • Bart Crowe

    No offense to the Alien franchise but Ridley Scott hasn’t been involved in a truly good movie since 2008’s American Gangster.

    • I agree with you! The Martian is so overrated and Exodus is so weak.

      • beautifulportland

        The Martian was a excellent film and Ridley Scott is one of the best directors of his generation. Hands down. How many movies have you directed Comrade Pedro?

        • Dude, you don’t need to direct films to know how to appreciate one.

          • beautifulportland

            SIR Rigley Scott Awards and Nominations

            YEAR AWARD

            2015

            British Academy of Film and Television Arts

            Best Director – Nominated

            2015

            Directors Guild of America

            Best Director – Nominated

            2015

            Hollywood Foreign Press Association

            Best Director – Nominated

            2015

            National Board of Review

            Best Director – Won

            2015

            Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

            Best Picture – Nominated

            2007

            Hollywood Foreign Press Association

            Best Director – Nominated

            2007

            British Academy of Film and Television Arts

            Best Picture – Nominated

            2001

            Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

            Best Director – Nominated

            2001

            American Film Institute

            Best Director – Nominated

            2001

            Directors Guild of America

            Best Director – Nominated

            2001

            American Film Institute

            Best Picture – Nominated

            2000

            Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

            Best Director – Nominated

            2000

            British Academy of Film and Television Arts

            Best Director – Nominated

            2000

            Directors Guild of America

            Best Director – Nominated

            2000

            Hollywood Foreign Press Association

            Best Director – Nominated

            1991

            Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

            Best Director – Nominated

            1991

            Directors Guild of America

            Best Director – Nominated

            1991

            British Academy of Film and Television Arts

            David Lean Award – Nominated

            1977

            Cannes Film Festival

            Jury Pr

            ize For Best First Feature – Won

    • madchilli

      That’s an opinion and not a fact. It’s bums on seats and ticket sales says he’s doing great, otherwise he wouldn’t be working on this or other projects.

  • Golic

    yay?

  • J Jett

    i don’t mean this in a mean way but there’s no way Ridley will be alive 6 ALIEN films from now. i hope i’m wrong on that but the man is 80 years old (rounding up). also does this mean the storylines for each upcoming ALIEN film will end unfinished or “…TO BE CONTINUED…”? that would suck. if each respective upcoming ALIEN film is more or less self contained (and not left on a cliffhanger) then that’s workable. what concerns me is Ridley passing away 2 or 3 films from now leaving his ALIEN films/storylines unfinished. again, i hope Ridley has many many years left! 🙂

    • Saturn

      Ridley will make it into his 90’s – he seems to have a fire under his arse that is burning bright, so (unless cancer) he has the will to live – which is a massive thing.
      He still has a few more movies in him – hell, if it comes to it, he can just “produce” the following movies.

      Hell, I wish whatever Ridley is being fed to keep his enthusiasm high would be given to John Carpenter.
      Surely Mr Carpenter still has at least one more great movie in him.
      Shit, just reach out to Argento and do something like TWO EVIL EYES, but instead of Poe, perhaps HP Lovecraft?

      A collaboration with 2 of horror’s (at one time anyway) greatest directors?
      Based on Lovecraft?
      HELL YEAH BABY.

  • Carlton Fisher

    I’m getting confused about the “new trilogy” a this point. Was Prometheus the first movie of a new trilogy–meaning Covenant is the second and one more to go? Or is Covenant the beginning of a new trilogy–meaning there are two more to come? Up to this point, I thought Prometheus was the first movie of a trilogy, but this article makes it sound as though that has been completely removed from the trilogy continuity (I hate to type “prequel trilogy” because that phrase is so tainted after Star Wars). So is Prometheus like a “prologue” to the new trilogy? Or is it also going to be its own thing and we might get a direct continuation of that story as well?

    I know bringing Scott back into the fold was supposed to solve all this confusion, but it’s complicating it even more at this point.

    • beautifulportland

      Not that complicated. Just set back and enjoy the show! It’s a movie, not a live or die situation unless you are a actor in the Movie! ” Sometimes overthinking takes the fun out of the moment”

      • Carlton Fisher

        I’m more concerned about how many more movies I can expect before we go into another long drought before someone else steps up to pick up the property. They can make fifty movies as far as I’m concerned–i think I would buy tickets to go see Alien vs. Cool Runnings.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      Prometheus was the start of a new trilogy but then stupid people who did not understood the movie (most of them anyway) complained about it and then Prometheus is like a prologue and this is a new trilogy that is going to end before Alien (1979) starting with Covenant which is gonna be like Prometheus but with gore and aliens because the bitching of some idiots, which sounds like bullshit to me but whatever

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Man, Sigourney and Blomkamp really lit a fire under Ridley’s ass. He got really determined to crank out some new Alien films after he realized they were about to move on in Cameron’s universe and leave Prometheus in the dust. Those spotty press mentions of a follow up suddenly turned into green light, wrap, and already talks of another in 2018 and beyond. That’s how you do it! Way to go, Guys.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      i am glad because the ideas and concept art by Blomkamp were terrible

    • moebius2249

      Blomkamp does the same movie over and over with diminishing results.

  • Colin Christian

    I hope he does,the guy is an amazing artist,Alien,Blade Runner,Prometheus and even Legend are frigging incredible,he is Mr Sci-Fi to me,no one on this planet gets the genre like he does,and when he throws in some horror,he knocks it out of the park. I can’t wait for Covenant,even if it’s crap,it will look gorgeous,so it’s a win either way.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Ugh no BlomKamp for the next true Alien sequel please.

    • Saturn

      Like I just posted a minute ago, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t have Blom’s Alien sequel, AND Ridley’s “prequels”,
      STAR WARS are doing it at the moment with a new “sequel” to the original franchise every 2 years, and in the gap year a “prequel/side story” – so why not?
      Who knows, Ridley may have some kind of end game plan of crossing over the Alien/Blade Runner universes at some stage.
      Perhaps the David character from Prometheus could be some kind of leader of a cult of the Replicants – perhaps seen as their God?
      With a final solution of the human problem being the release of a genetically superior Xenomorph.
      (I haven’t seen BR in 20 odd years though, so I’m not certain about how the timeline would fit in the Promelian (my word for Prometheus/Alien universe) movies – but Blade Runner already exists in an extended universe with the Kurt Russell movie SOLDIER, so why not?).

      As an Alien fanboy (there, I said it – and I say it PROUD!) the little kid in me would love to see the Alien franchise in a shared universe with the Predator (which we already have) and JC’s The Thing.

      • Halloween_Vic

        Wow that actually would be logical and bad ass!!!! I just hope we get Blomkamps Alien! To have Ripley come back and destroy the Xeno planet would be amazing!! As an Alien fan boy myself lol and I say that proudly I really hope we get Blomkamps vision. Ridley is just a jealous old hag who stopped it from happening.

      • Drew Harden

        In an extended scene from Prometheus, there’s a little blurb from Weyland about his rivalry with the Tyrell Corporation (from Blade Runner) when it comes to the androids/replicants, so both films are a part of a shared universe in that sense.

        • Saturn

          I didn’t know that – but it makes me wonder just a little more if a full on cross-over event may happen?

  • which means that this will be his last one 😉

  • moebius2249

    The studio screwed the last one up. I hope they learned enough to let Ridley do his thing… assuming the script is any good.

  • Saturn

    Well you can count me in as a fan of Prometheus – I really don’t understand why so many dislike it if I’m completely honest. But, each to their own.,
    I’m really excited about this new Alien movie though, as from the trailer, it does seem to re-create the “feel” of the original movie, so I’m all aboard the new Alien train.
    Will he make more to follow? I hope so.
    There are those who are hoping for Alien 5 (myself included) – would it really be so difficult for “both” sets of new movies?
    I think (well, I hope!) that modern audiences are intelligent enough to cope with “prequels” AND “sequels” to the original ALIEN – hell, if STAR WARS fans can handle “that” kind of thing in their precious movies, then I reckon the rest of us can too.

    So how about it – have Ridley make “his” take on “his” franchise, and let Blom have “his” also.
    We CAN have our cake and eat it. How? Have 2 goddamn cakes!

  • Mehliens

    Keep it up old man while you are on fire and being creative! Best way to go out is to follow your emotions and end it with that. No regrets!

  • Jack Derwent

    “When Darren Lynn Bousman took over for the three following sequels, many thought he was the brains behind the franchise.” The majority of fans remembered Wan and Whannel. On the contrary, it’s Bousman who probably doesn’t get enough credit for his contributions to the franchise.

  • It’d be nice if H. R. Giger was still around to see how durable his creation has been.

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