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Ridley Scott Still Swears He’s Making Another ‘Alien’ Movie

God bless Ridley Scott. While this year’s Alien: Covenant failed to make much of a mark at the box office, leaving the future of the franchise hanging in the balance, Scott has never wavered in his commitment to finishing what he started with Prometheus. Even today, knee deep in re-shooting All the Money in the World, he’s still talking Alien!

Speaking with EW, Scott teased what he hopes is next on his plate.

We are [going to make another], we are,” Scott confidently told the outlet. “I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff. People say, ‘You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,’ so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting.”

He continued, suggesting that the next film would be more about David than the Xenomorphs, “I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”

[Related] ‘Alien: Covenant’ Just Made David the Franchise’s Best Character

At the end of Alien: Covenant, David headed off to the planet known as Origae-6 with a couple Face Hugger embryos, presumably to start a new world he can be God of.



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  • DaddyKo

    He still doesn’t get what people want. Whatever I’ll stick around to see where this David series goes.

    • And that’s just it – What do people want? They could go in literally any direction and some facet of the fanbase is going to be upset.

      Reboot – People are upset

      Prometheus sequel without Xenomorphs – People are upset

      Alien: Covenant sequel – People are upset

      Alien 5 – People are fatigued

      Aliens direct sequel – Most likely to be killed by expectations

      New Alien vs Predator – People are upset

      At this point, there is no clear-cut way to continue the franchise without someone getting upset that it isn’t going exactly the way they want it to. Over the course of decades, the franchise has thoroughly backed itself into a corner.

      • pablitonizer

        well, perhaps mr scott is the issue in this franchise then. I thought prometheus was OK, full of plot holes but an OK film. However, Covenant was pretty bad imo, it erased the only interesting things of Prometheus and tried to implement elements from Alien violently which ruined the whole thing. Again, he should step aside and let a brand new fresh director take the wheel to me…

        • Necro

          You know I’ve thought about this a lot in the last couple of months and honestly he’s managed to just do everything but that. So maybe he is the problem cuz the direction he’s going and/or wants to go doesn’t sound promising at all. He wants to get away from the ‘Alien/Xeno’ aspect well good luck sir! Or maybe he just lost the touch or ability to direct and/or tell the story of the ‘Alien’ aspect. Anyway I agree with you!

        • I don’t think Ridley Scott is the worse thing to happen to the franchise (Alien 3-4 and AVP 1-2 are infinitely worse than the prequels). But no matter what they announce, a large faction of the fanbase is going to be upset, mainly because everyone seems to want something different.

          The franchise has been building it’s way into this self-imposed trap for decades now, by setting a sequel 200 years into the future, making a non-canon crossover series, removing the Xenomorph, bringing back the Xenomorph in the next film, ETC.

          And now, after Prometheus, there is even a faction of Alien fans that vocally dislike the Alien! (which is mind-boggling) Even the many people who dislike Covenant seem divided on exactly why it’s bad.

      • Bart Crowe

        You say that but I think the problem is there hasn’t been a good Alien movie since Aliens. I’ll say some of those movies are more watchable than others but each one is deeply flawed in some magnificently stupid way. People find a reason to bitch about everything but I think there are still good stories to tell in that universe it’s just that the post Aliens movies haven’t hit upon that yet. Hell just steal some of the stories from the pretty decent Dark Horse Alien comics.

        • But good luck getting to tell those potentially great stories without a legion of rabid fans on your tail and the studio having to worry about the box office. That’s kind of where the series is at. Additionally, thanks to Prometheus, we now have Alien fans that vocally dislike the Alien (yes… seriously).

      • Biscoito18

        Ridley should stop trying to please fans and do what he wants! He should follow the old motto of: Give the fans not what they ask, but what they don’t know they want.

        Many people say they hate remakes, but when an old franchise announces a new movie, they want to see again what they have seen before. Ridley did something new on Prometheus by focusing a lot more on A.I. (a frequent theme from the first film, but that was in the background), but some people just wanted more of the same. Here came Covenant, which looks more like a mix of two scripts (a follow-up to Prometheus and a weak remake of Alien) and displeased even more people.

        I really think that in a few years, a lot more people will see “Prometheus” for what the movie is and not for what they wanted it to be, and then, they’ll appreciate it much more.

        • DavidK

          You don’t have to wait a few years to figure anything out here…this isn’t a bottle of fine wine.
          A.I. ‘David’ will never be a suitable ‘Alien’ horror replacement. FACT!
          Whats he going to do… finger us all to death?

          • meowmeowkazoo

            If you can’t appreciate David as a villain, you just lack an appreciation for subtle menace at all. Not all monsters have to be violent and in your face to be scary.

          • DavidK

            Maybe David the villain should try headlining his own franchise… lets see how your assumption works at the box-office when he’s forces to stand on his own merits. Hijacking the Alien franchise is not cool…

      • DaddyKo

        I would watch everything you just listed. I personally feel a reboot would just be the best direction, a new Alien movie that isn’t a remake but isn’t weighed down by past entries.

      • Baron Von Marlon

        They should just split up the franchise and make multiple movies under the umbrella of a Weyland-Yutani movie universe.
        Let Ridley do AI and Engineers. Let Blomkamp do an action packed movie like Aliens. Let another person do a horror/thriller like part 1 and 3. And so on.

        • In theory, it wouldn’t be so bad. Make it a cinematic universe with the Prometheus films exploring their lore, Ridley Scott continuing his prequels with the AI while leading up to the original, Neil Blomkamp making his films under the Aliens banner, reboot Alien vs Predator films as an alternate timeline, and then someone doing a Xenomorph horror series under the banner of the 1979 original.

          Unfortunately, even that wouldn’t get off the ground. If the fanbase doesn’t kill it, the studio probably would (Why put their money into that after Covenant‘s poor box office?)

          • Baron Von Marlon

            I think it would be perfect. Especially with movie universes and R-Rated productions on the rise.
            It would cater to a large audience and with the right promotion and marketing, people would know better what to expect. And the reactions should be more appropriate.

            Covenant wasn’t a succes but it wasn’t a flop either. I think worlwide it made around 240 million, dvd/blu-ray sales not included. And you know there’ll be a new box set at some point and there are always people who but it.

  • I hope he does. Alien: Covenant doesn’t deserve all of the flack it gets. That being said, the franchise has backed itself into a corner to the point that, no matter which direction they go, the fanbase is going to be unhappy.

    They could reboot, make Prometheus 2, Alien: Covenant 2, Alien 5, another Alien vs. Predator, a direct sequel to Aliens, ETC, and people will complain. The only real solution is to completely stop making Alien films for 15 or so years and then consider coming back to it.

    • Saying Like It Is

      Completely agree but the problem is that after a 15 year gap people will still complain.

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Or make all of those. The universe is big enough and there’s plenty to go around.

  • Bart Crowe

    The only way I’ll give a shit about another Alien movie is if it isn’t another prequel. Set that shit way after Alien Resurrection. Oh and never ever give us a CGI Sigourney Weaver.

  • Laura Kinney (X-23)

    Ridley, you had 2 goddamn chances to make a great prelude to the masterpiece Alien, and you fucked it up royally BOTH times. It’s over. Let it go.

    Let it go.

    • wedellbudwhite

      20th century went with the aliens sequel in 1992, its called alien 3

      • DavidK

        And what a load of rubbish it was…
        Funny how no one wants to take credit for that movie.

        • wedellbudwhite

          the director disowned it but after that who’s ment to step up and claim credit ?

      • Laura Kinney (X-23)

        No fucking shit. I was talking about the Neill Blomkamp sequel that almost happened, wise ass. It continued right after where Aliens left off.

        Look it up.

        • wedellbudwhite

          I know you were talking about blomkamps sequel, I just think it’s very entitled to go change the whole canon because waah I don’t like alien 3.

          The whole attitude shows were most alien fans are at most only care about one film in the franchise.

          I really don’t understand the vote of confidence for bloombkamp. Each film of his has got worse. It looks to me that his sequel would be bad fan fiction and fan service. But I guess that’s what most aliens fans want

          • Laura Kinney (X-23)

            For the record, I LOVE BOTH Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, with Alien and aliens being the BEST!!

            I like how you immediately just assume I’m one of the people who hate Alien 3, just because I want Blomkamp’s sequel, rather than another retarded philosophic Ridley prequel. Fuck these prequels!! I want to see more Colonial Marines vs Xenomorphs, not just another movie about a damn robot with a God complex who created the Xenomorphs.

            How about you hear the full story instead of jumping to conclusions??

          • wedellbudwhite

            Why the hell do you want a reboot sequel if you love three? And you said it yourself you just want to see meathead marines kill aliens, what a surprise. I jumped to that conclusion When you called Ridley Scott a hack didn’t think you’d like the work of a hack and then you wanted a new three logically only leaves you a fan of aliens

  • Biscoito18

    I agree with him. The “alien stuff” was the weakest part of Covenant. A big nostalgic fan service that looks weak/repetitive compared to what we’ve seen before. I wish he had focused only on the continuation of Prometheus’s plot. I wish I had seen the whole process with Shaw until Covenant’s arrival.

    • DavidK

      The prequels are focused on AI, engineers, black goo, and the search for a creator.
      This has little to do with the original ‘Alien’ horror concept.
      If he wanted to tell this new story he should have started a new franchise to do so, not sabotage the mystery and legacy of the original movies.

      He has effectively hi-jacked the “Alien’ franchise to tell his new story.
      And its easy to understand why… by doing so he hoped to gain a ready made audience and easy funding for multiple movies by name association.
      However to convince everyone, including fans this was the way forward, he first needed to marginalize the xenomorphs and convince us they were no longer relevant. You only need look at his recent interviews to confirm that assumption.

      Not for one minute do I believe the ‘Aliens’ were the weak link.
      Thats the opinion of a small minority like yourself, who have no love or understanding of what made the original movies such classics. The philosophical clap-trap was the real weakness in these ‘Alien’ prequels…

      Ultimately, I resent how the prequels have destroyed the mystery and magic of the original movies. I hold Ridley Scott accountable for that, and as such want him removed from all other Alien movies.
      If he wants to tell his ‘AI creator’ stories then they should be new movies that stand on their own feet… stop milking ‘Alien’ fans with this rubbish.

  • Reanimated Charlie

    I really enjoyed Covenant. I think he should make a sequel that focuses more on David, sure, but still keep some of the Aliens in it. After all, that’s the shit we love.

  • Blade

    Then he should do what he did with Prometheus and title it something else. I think keeping with those themes and focusing more on AI and less on the Xenos is fine but if you keep calling them “Alien” people are going to come in expecting Xenos, chestbursters etc.

    • Joshua Tyren Reece

      To be fair…Steven Spielberg already took the Title “A.I.” before him…;)

    • Baron Von Marlon

      I think we can blame the studios for that. They like to attach the name of known franchise in the hope to pull in a larger audience.
      Kinda like those remakes that have almost nothing to do with original besides the title.

  • Simon Allen

    Walk away Scott……Walk away .

  • Kyle Ord

    He really doesn’t understand what the fans want

    • Saying Like It Is

      That’s because the fans themselves don’t know what they want and he’s stupid for listening to them.

      • DavidK

        These prequels are truly awful.
        Movies like this happen when ones arrogance dictate they know better than any one else… newsflash for you Ridley, you don’t.
        I don’t give a jack about David, the engineers, or the black jizz. Thats not ‘Alien’ to me. You’ve hi-jack this franchise many of us know and love to tell an altogether different story.

        I blame Fox for allowing this to happen, thats the real point of failure here.
        They should have realized by now this story arc is annoying the fans and pulled the plug on it.
        You really have to question the leadership at this point for allowing it to go on.

        In the original Alien movie, Ridley wanted to kill everyone off, including Ripley… The Fox execs immediately rushed over and threatened to fire Ridley Scott on the spot… Those guys understood what the fans wanted.
        I’m not sure the current clowns in charge do.

      • Kyle Ord

        Yeah that’s possible

        I personally loved Prometheus and wish he would have kept going with what he had planned instead of trying to shoehorn in all the crap he felt fans wanted way too early

  • Geno1987

    Ridley, we don’t want your fucking David movies starring an Alien. We want an actual ALIEN film! At least the AVP movies knew not to shit on the origins of the creatures and not reinvent the wheel.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      lol seriously, the avp movies are terrible in every level

  • Christopher Nickerson

    I am a huge fan of Alien 1-4 and always got excited to hear something new was coming, but after Prometheus and Covenant all I can say is just let it die.

    • oh_riginal

      I liked 4 when it came out, but man, that movie aged badly. I like 3 no matter how much hate it gets.

      • Christopher Nickerson

        Yeah, rewatched them all recently and Resurrection did not age well, but Perlman and Pinion are still great in it

      • Alanmac

        3 is fucking awesome. Need to show that one to my kids sometime.

  • He’s destroying the franchise that he created.
    We want Aliens, David is one of the most annoying characters I’ve seen. To be honest, even Alien VS Predator is better than Prometheus and Covenant.

    • J Jett

      Pedro, i agree 10000%!

      • Simon Allen

        I LOVE Prometheus …….it’s actually my favourite in the franchise .
        I also enjoy AvP…..i think it’s a really fun ride but i don’t really count it as part of the Alien franchise .
        Covenant made me want to kill myself because i wanted a proper continuation of Prometheus with Elisabeth Shaw doing her thing .

    • spidergod91

      “even Alien VS Predator is better than Prometheus”
      Oh fuck off.

      • At least AVP had less bullsh*t moments and you could see the aliens attacking and killing. Instead an annoying Android doing and talking annoying things or some huge white walkers trying to attack some humans.

        • meowmeowkazoo

          “Some huge white walkers”? This isn’t Game of Thrones, dude.

  • DeathApeDisco

    Like most *franchises*, this is a series with 2 great films and not a lot else except disappointment. Covenant’s direct remaking of the ending of Aliens was infuriating – what’s the point of making these films if you’re not going to do something new with them? I thought Prometheus had loads of issues, I found some of it laughably pretentious, but that’s partly me as a product of my own expectations and my own culture of viewing coming to the film, and it made me think, reflect and, yes, laugh, but not always in a cruel way, more than most films. That gives it merit. Covenant, if anything it wussed out on being truly brutal, which could have saved it, along with that terrible, thrown away ending. I liked it otherwise.

  • ShadowInc

    I still wish that Scott had continued the PROMETHEUS story arc with Shaw, and David reaching the Engineer home world. COVENENT seemed a bit pointless.

    • biff

      I always thought that Shaw would have been more than clued in to David’s “precocious” tendencies, and maybe kept him at arm’s length — or at least his head, anyways. It would’ve been a homage to Ripley and Ash (and I guess, later with Bishop in A3), with her only allowing him to reunite with his body after things had gone sour with the Engineers. I find the fact that she’s nothing but a used corpse in Covenant unforgivable.

      • Simon Allen

        Killing off Shaw was the biggest mistake of many that Covenant made along with making that prick David the main dude and having such a weak cast in general led by a leading lady who left no mark what so ever .

      • Jack Derwent

        Yeah Noomi was a great protagonist. And then she dies offscreen and is replaced by a character whose name I can’t even remember.

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Read somewhere that Covenant is actually Prometheus 3. And that part 2 (Alien: Paradise) probably would’ve included more Shaw and Engineers. But the studio wanted to introduce the alien sooner so we got Covenant.

  • ShadowInc

    I’m starting to suspect Ridley wants there to be an ALIEN / BLADE RUNNER crossover.

    • meowmeowkazoo

      I would watch it.

  • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

    well hurry up then.

  • Nefferson Taveira

    He can’t keep changing direction in every single sequel, this new franchise has become a joke.

    • Doctor Dementor

      prequel*

      • Nefferson Taveira

        I’m talking about the new franchise. Covenant is a sequel of Prometheus, the next one will be a sequel of Covenant. So… yeah, sequel*

  • sarox

    The problem is, he’s making it up as he goes along. Just sticking bits onto existing material, and it shows. It’s not all about what the fans want, but it should be about integrity, and he’s lost that now.

  • Rake

    I forgot the franchise was called AI. Could we have one movie without the AI? We get the concept of machines taking over or betraying the crew, it’s played out in every Alien movie so far. Part of the Terminator series and the first Matrix have nailed it, lets move on. Ridley this is not new material just because you are afraid of your phone.

  • moebius2249

    Doubling down on failure. If 20th Century Fox actually cared about this franchise they would have fire him already.

    • oh_riginal

      It might not matter soon if Disney buys Fox and takes over all the Fox franchises, including this one. They may take the films in a new direction or just put it to rest for a while until they can figure out what to do with it. Who knows.

      Then again, maybe the Disney/Fox deal will fall through.

      • Nahuel Benvenuto

        if disney buys it, it will ruin it, disney destroy everything it touches, the mcu missed the mark and has barely any resemblance to Marvel to put an example

        • moebius2249

          It’s already ruined due to ruined due to Fox’s mismanagement of the franchise after Aliens.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    Who do i have to f#ck to have Ridley Scott thrown off this ship?

  • Baron Von Marlon

    People keep dumping on Ridley while it’s the studio who makes the final decisions.
    This would’ve been Prometheus 2. But the studio wanted to go back to the Alien route.

    “The original treatment for this movie, as revealed by Ridley Scott
    in 2012 when the film was still in development, was to be a more
    faithful sequel to Prometheus (2012). Titled “Paradise Lost,” it would
    have drifted even further from the “Alien” mythology, and focused almost
    exclusively on the backstory of the engineers, the origins of humanity
    and how the engineers created humans and xenomorphs.”

    Now I would’ve loved to see this!

    • moebius2249

      Nobody wanted Prometheus to begin with.

      • Baron Von Marlon

        I didn’t like it at first. Now it’s one of my all time favorite movies.
        I’ll still watch xenomorph movies but at this point I prefer Engineers, AI, creation and mythology. Personally I find it more interesting than just people trying to survive aliens once again.

    • DavidK

      Much of the fear generated in the original movies stems from the ‘fear of the unknown’.
      Its a mistake to explain away that unknown, yet the prequels did exactly that.
      The result being the Aliens are no longer mysterious or scary.

      What a coincidence then that Ridley Scott has the perfect replacement for the no longer scary aliens…

      • Baron Von Marlon

        I understand your point of view but to some it’s different. To me the aliens haven’t been scary for a long time. They’re space bugs. Either someone made them or they’re a product of nature. Doesn’t make a difference to me. It usually boils down to humans vs xenomorphs. To me there’s no more fear of the unknown because by now we all know the nature of the creature. Expanding into new territory with Engineers, AI and new creatures like the neomorph actually brings back that ‘fear of the unknown’ feeling because we don’t know what to expect or what will happen.

        • DavidK

          I just don’t see how the argument can be made this ‘new’ direction improves or expands on the original story.
          For example:

          The original space jockey as per Giger, was a bio-mechanical creature, grown out of the chair with the express purpose of piloting the ship. A truly alien concept to us humans.
          Yet Ridley Scott changes this in the prequels to… wait for it, a large humanoid in a suit…really?
          How is that expanding into new territory?
          What a mundane and utterly uninspiring explanation for such an iconic image.

          Same with the xenomorph.
          It went from being a mysterious creature from the depths of space, one that had spent millions of years ravaging countless of planets and species to attain its current state of evolutionary perfection… to a creature reduced to a mere genetic experiment, cooked up by a human android.
          Sorry, but how again is this better than the original concept?

          The sad fact is Ridley Scott needed to destroy the xenomorphs so he could supplant it with his ‘new’ creations.
          Thats why the xenomorphs and space jockey were demystified. He needed to destroy the mystery and wonder around these iconic cornerstones of the franchise, only then would he be able to support his narrative that the alien was done, allowing him to take the franchise in the direction he always intended.

          Yes Ridley, the alien is done… because you willfully and intentionally destroyed it.

          Concepts like, a rebellious android, human like engineers, and black goo, hold little mystery or wonder for the audience, in fact, at this point there is no mystery or fear. The story line to come is utterly predictable and uninspiring. Sorry, but I much prefer the original concepts.

          • Baron Von Marlon

            I’m not saying it improves or expands the original in a better way. But I do prefer it over recycled versions of Alien or Aliens.

            The original Giger Space Jockey was a humanoid alien astronaut.
            Just do a google image search for: alien giger mural. It’s the first result.

            Did you prefer elephant-like creatures as in the comics? That would’ve been worse imo.

            “one that had spent millions of years ravaging countless planets and
            species to attain its current state of evolutionary perfection…”

            In which movie did they gave us this info?

            Androids, Engineers or black good hold little mystery? Imo they’re more mysterious than space bugs. You say it’s more predictable yet you prefer they stick to the original concepts? Aren’t those original concepts more predictable? People encounter aliens, fight aliens, one or more survive. That’s predictable to me.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      it really shows they deleted a entire movie between “Prometheus” and “Covenant”

  • BreeBennett

    Have you guys seen this? Is this a confirmation? Andy Muschietti posted this.

    http://cdn.cinepop.com.br/2017/12/it-a-coisa-jessica-chastain-800×445.jpg

  • RedNeoCon

    Ridley is full of shit.

    He’s not making another one despite what he says. Franchise is in the toilet. Unless Blomkamp does his Aliens 5 direct sequel thing, this franchise is dead.

    • cherbert1701

      Show the man some fucking respect.

      • Marco Salmi

        He is killing his own franchise putting over complicated plots and explaining things that should remain a mystery, making it boring and bland. He is not respecting his own creation, even if he is the creator of this series he can’t expect everybody to stay silent. George Lucas did the same thing with his Midichlorian crap, I don’t want Ridley to end up like him.

        • Alanmac

          Excellent point. Lucas may have created Star Wars but he also all but destroyed it. The Disney purchase was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to that franchise.

          • Jack Derwent

            IDK about that, do we really need Star Wars films indefinitely for the next hundred years (which isn’t an exaggeration, they’ve said as much)?

          • Alanmac

            Hahaha. I’d have to agree. I’m sure this is debated heavily on the SW sites to no end. I’m 47 so some of my fondest memories are of seeing the first 3 at my local drive in but then came those atrocities in 1999 which I totally discounted, (and still do). Enjoyed Force Awakens and Rogue One so I’m excited about Last Jedi but I’ll likely stop caring about them once the Skywalker saga ends with Ep 9 and they carry on with these new characters.

      • RedNeoCon

        He’s a hack and borderline never was with his latest string of shitburgers.

  • Dennis Chenier

    I actually liked Covenant. Where I disagree is I don’t want the next Alien to focus on Al.

    • oh_riginal

      You would think he could just turn back to the Blade Runner franchise if he wanted to focus on AI, since that is literally what those movies are about.

      That being said, I do like the David character. Fassbender is awesome in that role, regardless of the movie happening around him.

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  • Dirty Frank

    The man has lost his mind. Clearly. Nothing left but pissy vengeance at the less than stellar reaction to Prometheus, and the attention the Blomkamp project was getting after that. I honestly think he’s trying to drive the last Alien fan away to make them pay for so many of them hating Prometheus so he’s just utterly sinking it.

  • I Am Colossus

    I thought Prometheus was cool…even with the plotholes but, Convenant was bland and predictable as hell. The movie even suffered the same dumbass mistakes as Prometheus. He is so bad with the story and construct at this point….it’s almost like he’s doing this on purpose….won’t be watching anything else in the franchise Prometheus. The story isn’t compelling enough…he threw a xenomorph in the movie just to appeal to fans…..the structure is the exact same as Prometheus as well, which is the same structure as Alien. Then that fucking AI meets AI scene.

    • oh_riginal

      I suspect his logic is this:

      He makes Prometheus without any xenomorphs, because he’s just not feeling them anymore. He got to make the movie he wanted to make as it is. But then fan feedback irritated him, with complaints of no aliens being in the film, despite being obviously connected to that universe, so…

      He sets out to “prove a point” that no one really wants to see the Aliens anymore, and he makes Alien: Covenant, loosely based on whatever his original idea for a Prometheus sequel would have been. He shoves the Alien down our throats like a frustrated parent shoving chocolate in a kids face until he/she cries, then says “There’s your damn candy. Oh, you didn’t like that? See? I told you. Now let me prepare these vegetables for you.”

      And now he’s in hopes of making a followup that he feels is more proper to Prometheus than what he gave us with Alien: Covenant.

      But then again, what do I know? It could just all be for the money.

      • That is the best way I have seen someone putting it. He felt more wholly into Prometheus than Covenant, and it really showed. Covenant was shockingly bland considering it was more action-oriented and “Alien” in execution than Prometheus. It’s a shame because I actually would have liked to see a proper sequel to Prometheus.

        • oh_riginal

          Me too. I was totally invested in the continuing adventures of Shaw and David’s head.

          If there’s one thing I liked about Covenant, it’s David.

  • Trazy

    Get rid of Xenomorphs?Am I the only 1 who thinks Aliens is the best movie in the franchise?I liked Prometheus and I really liked Covenant.But if this is what he plans to do I say put a bow on it,its a wrap.For me anyway.

  • oh_riginal

    Am I the only one thinking that if Disney does indeed buy out Fox and absorb the studio, that the Alien franchise will either be rebooted, or put to rest? I just don’t see them putting an investment in Ridley Scott’s vision, if only because Alien: Covenant was a financial failure.

    • moebius2249

      Good.

  • Schwifty

    No mention of the completely fucked timeline of the series, thanks to these last two? According to ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, the xenomorphs have been around Earth for a looooooong time, like thousands of years, and were at least around as of 2007, when ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM was made. Yet, according to PROMETHEUS and COVENANT, they were created hundreds of years in the future … by androids … oh, Jesus fucking Christ …!

    • cherbert1701

      I really don’t think AvP counts as canon.

    • Nicolas Caiveau

      The timeline isn’t fucked up. Alien vs Predator simply don’t count. If you REALLY want to include them in the timeline, then simply consider that the Engineers recreated a species that already existed with their black goo. Just like they recreated their own species on Earth.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      avp is not canon, and is crap anyway

  • Alanmac

    Strange. To me, the whole David thing was probably the worst part about Covenant so I definitely don’t wanna see MORE of that.

    • meowmeowkazoo

      Seriously? David was the best part of Covenant. Michael Fassbender did an incredible job with the character.

      • DavidK

        Michael Fassbender and his A.I. character dont excite Alien fans… we dont want this ‘new’ direction forced on us. What is so difficult to understand here?

  • Hugo Leonardo Arevalo

    If a wanna watch some crap robot in a some dumb self-knowledge crusade, then is better watch Blade Runner, or so. I wanna Colonial Marines battle against Xenomorphs!

  • FortesqueX

    Scott is just a crazy old man now yelling at clouds…and he’s using the “Alien” franchise as a pair of his Depends.

  • I think there is an interesting, and still xenomorph-inclusive, way to continue the David story in the next movie, and it’s this: We still don’t have a Queen. The xenomorphs seem to be obedient to David because they see him as their maker. Once they evolve enough to have a Queen, why shouldn’t they literally rip him to pieces like they did with Bishop? Bishop proves that the aliens’ reluctance to harm David has nothing to do with his being AI, so the most convenient explanation is they see him as God or their father (or both). When the Queen takes over the life cycle of the xenomorphs, they don’t need him. And Scott gets to have all the complex symbolism he wants–“God” dies, the female creator takes over, David sees the power of evolution/science to destroy creationism/religion.

    And, while I don’t mind David (mainly because I’m a big fan of Michael Fassbender), this will also give many fans exactly what they want–watching that smug little robot get his limbs ripped off his body one by one, wondering what the fuck his “children” are doing to him.

    Sound like a potential direction?

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    “next film would be more about David than the Xenomorphs”

    Thanks for saving me $15, Mr. Scott.

  • DavidK

    Here’s what the Fox execs have to say about the ‘new’ Alien-less direction…

    ’20th Century Fox remain confident that Ridley Scott and Emma Watts can create a groundbreaking story for the Alien: Covenant sequel, according to Fox CEO Stacey Snider.
    The trick going forward, as Snider explains, will be finding ways to break new ground and explore new stories and new villains within this highly expansive and relatively unexplored cinematic universe…’
    (Translation: We’re going to keep milking the Alien fanbase with NEW non-alien crap… we want your money suckers).

    ‘It was a disappointment [Covenant Box-Office], but I trust Ridley [Scott] and Emma [Watts] to know the right story when they find it. When universes are as rich as “Alien,” they can stay in a too familiar groove — in which case you’re in trouble — but they can also find a planet or a storyline or a villain that also lives in that universe that can be groundbreaking’.
    (Translation: We’re going to double down on our mistakes because we’re right and the fans know jack).

    So there you have it!!
    Xenomorphs are going to play a secondary role, or no role, in future Alien films.

    And the Fox execs responsible for this decision,
    Fox CEO Stacey Snider, and Fox Film Vice Chairman, Emma Watts.
    These are the two culprits who are hell bent on the destruction of the Alien franchise.
    Its clear they both agree Alien is better served without actual ‘Aliens’.

    If they’re stupid enough to allow Ridley Scott another prequel to push forward this agenda, they both need to be flat out fired when the movie tanks.

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Xenomorphs played the main role in 3 and in Resurrection. So it’s not a sure recipe for succes.
      Btw, what type of movie would you like to see? Just curious.

  • Brian McNatt

    Mr. Scott, sir, friend, pal, amigo,

    It’s not the xenomorph percentage in Prometheus and Covenant that made them only middling financial and critical successes. It’s the idiot characters and pretentious writing. Have the next film focus on David as much as you want, just find someone who can write a story that doesn’t require characters being stupid enough to land on alien planets without fricking helmets on.

  • Satanzilla

    We don’t go to alien movies to see bad robots, we go to see aliens.

    The problem with Covenant wasn’t the aliens. It was the rehashing of them. Why not come up with some fresh ideas? Scott has become such a hack.

  • ScaryLarryV

    After Covenant I really would like to bludgeon Scott’s ballbag with a Mallet for creating such a horrible movie and shitting all over the Alien Franchise , as if the already troubled franchise wasn’t shit on enough. Stop making Alien movies Ridley Shit, let James Cameron take over or someone more qualified.

  • keyser1977_8

    He can make the film he’s describing here if he wants, but he can’t call it an Alien film. If he dislikes the Xenomorph this much, he needs to turn it over to someone who has use for it.

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