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Did Fox Pull the Plug On ‘Alien: Awakening’?

Did Fox Pull the Plug On ‘Alien: Awakening’?

Speculating often comes with an egg in the face, but it’s hard to not take this one seriously considering how poorly Alien: Covenant performed at the box office.

Before Covenant hit theaters, Ridley Scott revealed that he planned to quickly go into production on the tentatively titled Alien: Awakening, the third film in the revitalized franchise. In fact, just three weeks ago Scott swore (in an interview with EW) that he’s still making the next film.

Contrary to what Scott’s claiming, HumanMedia, a member of the Blu-Ray.com forums who claims to have worked on Alien: Covenant, the sequel was originally scheduled to begin pre-production in September 2017, but was shelved after the tepid box office response to Alien: Covenant. (Thanks to AvP Galaxy for the tip.)

“The sequel to Covenant was originally due to start preproduction this month in Sydney,” the tipster explained. “After the box office results filming was cancelled, and a warehouse storage unit full of stuff was auctioned off a few months ago. So the original plan of pumping out another quickly has definitely changed with no immediate plans for anything.”

This is a terribly bad sign if true, and is only exasperated by the recent Disney purchase of Fox that would put the Alien franchise in new hands. However, there is some hope being that Scott still envisions big things for the franchise and knows how to make a movie on a budget. I’ve talked about this in the past, but Scott is the master at tightening the screws on his films and bringing them in on budget (or less). If Fox were to request an even tighter budget on the Covenant followup, Scott is the one director who could pull it off. I’ve suggested in past articles that Scott may need to go back to the drawing board and the film being shut down could signal just that. It’s not necessarily the death of Alien, but the future doesn’t look as certain as it did the day before Covenant‘s release.

Any new info and you’ll be the first to know.



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COMMENTS

148 Comments
  • Cmdr Riker

    theyve fucked up the Terminator and Star wars franchises with little to no continuity anymore. why not Alien too why not every franchise lmfao inept pedo movie bosses

    • ClarkNova4

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Scott has a vision that he keeps as tight as possible under the given circumstances. It was Cameron who derailed the concept by focusing on his lame action and hero tropes. Under Scott we at least get a consistent thoughtful style only he is able to deliver. You may not like it personally but it’s far from the level of derailing as Star Wars or Terminator. In fact it’s now back to be at least consistent with itself as it really tries to develop an updated narrative as to basically just ignores everything after Alien. And that’s great in my eyes since the last thing the world needs is more Ripley & Marines bullshit.

      • J Jett

        sure! Ridley keeps making “ALIEN” films that fewer and fewer people actually want to see. and Mehaliens (your former user name) we know you will aggressively defend Ridley and his recent “ALIEN” films.

        • MySelfDestruct

          LOL savage.

      • Jeff

        Good god you are an absolute dipshit. Alien was a really good film, one of my favorites. If you think Cameron is the one who screwed the franchise then you are a bigger idiot than whoever approved Resurrection and both AVP films.

      • Cmdr Riker

        another moron

  • Will Coors

    Well this sucks

  • Baron Von Marlon

    Screw this. I wanna see Planet David.

    • Saturn

      I dunno, I like the idea of The David Awakens, or The Last David.

    • J Jett

      LOL! 🙂

  • le4therfac3

    i hope so

  • macguffin54

    “exasperated” is not the same as “exacerbated”

    • Brad Miska really needs an editor. I’m not saying this to be a dick; it’s genuinely concerning when there are this many mistakes in so many articles.

    • Saturn

      Tell that to Shaun.

  • HeWaTcHeSnOeYeS

    Who cares about Alien anymore, after 3 everything went into meltdown, and hasn’t risen since.
    Just scrap the series for gods sake.

  • Grimphantom

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e53159d00d52e0af2a1723af112fa679d5770c0b84df7afd20a743e55e3fa17e.gif
    Good riddance! I mean if they make a new Alien movie with the same crap as the last ones, people will hate it.

    • ClarkNova4

      Scott already said he doesn’t give a shit anymore about the Xeno and what dumbass fanboys think. So yeah good riddance to that because we finally get to see something fresh without the need for throwbacks and fan service. The real problem here is Disney and franchise worshipers who don’t know the value of originality neither do they care.

      • Fr0gg0

        “Fresh”.

        • ClarkNova4

          Defintely fresher than having Weaver facing off another queen or king or whatever shitty idea they come up with next.

          • Saturn

            I’d be happy if they rebooted the Alien franchise with Ripley arriving back on earth just in time for an AvP holocaust.
            While she’s be gone shit has hit the fan and Earth has been conquered by the Predator aliens (the previous P movies were them testing our greatest warriors, to see how easy it would be to conquer us),. and there is only one way to defeat them – XENOMORPHS!

          • ClarkNova4

            Wouldn’t they call the Xenomorph Avengers then?

          • Saturn

            Mighty Xenomorphin Power Avengers?

      • Grimphantom

        I can say that what Disney doesn’t care is how bad their Marvel cartoons are with bad writing and animation but so far with the movies they are fun at least, we just need to wait and see what happens because we can’t be sure until there’s some source of making a new Aliens movie.

        • ClarkNova4

          If by fun you mean some of the lamest one liner humor possible. Infantile sarcasm and the type of ironic stabs only little girls use. Yeah I can totally see that working on mental midgets.

          • Grimphantom

            You where watching Avengers Assembles, haven’t you?

          • Chance LeBoeuf

            Miss Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Spectacular Spider-Man so much.

          • Jeff

            “At least I didn’t bring a pitchfork” yeah because that is so brilliant…. DC movies are by far worse than Marvel which sucks.

      • Jeff

        Your foolish idiocy just doesn’t stop does it? Scott is a moron and apparently so are you. If he wants to do some BS spin off that’s fine. But only an idiot like you wants to see an Alien movie with no xenos.

        • ClarkNova4

          How is Scott a moron? Do you even know what it means to do what he does?

  • Actually, Alien: Awakening was the title of the Neil Blomkamp film (was was later confirmed). Ridley Scott first mentioned that title passively in an interview, and everyone just assumed that it was the Covenant sequel.

  • Alex Warburton

    Honestly.. I don’t want Scott on this project anymore. He’s practically told us he’s more interested in having the next film about Androids more than Aliens (which frankly is idiotic). As someone who loves Prometheus, and can almost enjoy Covenant I say good riddance.

    • ClarkNova4

      Jesus give the man credit. He actually knows what he is doing better than all the incompetent tools out there. Stop assuming and let a real artist do the work. You are allowed to enjoy the fresh original take we are going to get.

      • IWC-3PO

        I didn’t know Ridley Scott had a Disqus account. How are you doing, sir?

        • ClarkNova4

          Chirp chirp. If only the internet had tumble weed and wind.

          • IWC-3PO

            Tumbleweed and wind?
            Is that a hint about your next project, Mr Scott?
            A prequel to Prometheus, set in the Old West… maybe?
            Is there a part in it for The Horror Icon Johnathon Schaech?
            Should his people call your people?

          • ClarkNova4

            Don’t worry I already gave your mom a call to tuck you in

          • IWC-3PO

            A mom joke… You’re so cool, Mr. Scott.

          • ClarkNova4

            Sarcastic compliments, when did you pick that up?

          • Jeff

            Wow a mom joke how original. Grow up you immature twat.

          • zombie84_41

            I wish it had a button to make people vanish too. I would get rid of half the idiotic trolls on this site they are so annoying. They always bash something you gotta say. Shit gets old after awhile. Here’s hoping Mr. Scott can complete the movie. Fuck fox they prob don’t want to make it cus they are own by those disney bitchs now.

        • J Jett

          LOL!! 🙂

      • chronikheckler

        “Fresh”??? “Original”??? All Ridley’s prequels were doing was essentially EXPLAINING away and demystifying virtually every single mystery and myth that ALIEN and (to a lesser extent) ALIENS had established.

        • ClarkNova4

          There was no mystery about the Xeno since Aliens. You are imagining this. Scott retconned the Bug Xeno back into a biomechanical weapon. So the same amount of non-mystery exists just as before. Your argument is devoid of all substance or logic. As I said you are imagining a mystery that didn’t exists for a long time.

    • zombie84_41

      hes doing it about the Androids because thats how the story is going its not about aliens, it never was suppose to be.

      • Alex Warburton

        If that was the case then he should have stuck with his original intention and named this movie Paradise or Prometheus 2. Obviously I give him slack with Prometheus because he told us straight up it wasn’t an Alien movie. I’m ok with what he was going to do UNTIL the very minute he called this movie ALIEN: Covenant and began spoon feeding the fans nothing but every possible event/moment that has an Alien aboard.

        No, the man doesn’t know what he wants. First he started something different with Prometheus which is fine by my book, but then he decided to make some half Prometheus, half watered down Alien film (Covenant) just to satisfy a bunch of angry fan boys. All in all he angered everyone from both sides. Remove Scott, he’s done.

        • zombie84_41

          I do agree with you on the first part though. He should if just stuck with andriods called it paradise would of made more sense and all but its like he stuck in alien to make money he thought and that failed

        • MySelfDestruct

          Covenant was sadly not scary nor exciting. It just existed and had no atmosphere which was the most surprising thing since he’s usually really good at creating an atmosphere.

      • Jeff

        No one goes to see an ALIEN movie for the androids.

        • zombie84_41

          For the new ones you do I guess. But Scott should of just made them within the world and not related to Alien to be honest. And then somewhere along the line the two films would meet up. Thats what I would of done. Makes more logical sense. But hey I’m not screenwriter.

    • J Jett

      Alex, YES! i agree 100%.

    • chronikheckler

      I’d bet my last vintage $2 bill that Ridley was going to place David inside of the Space Jockey corpse that is eventually discovered by the Nostromo crew. (And before anyone points out that the original Jockey was a freakin’ giant, Ridley had already clearly re-conned the Jockey with the more feasible 7 ft. tall Engineers.)

  • Reanimated Charlie

    There is nothing worse than an incomplete story. No matter what people say, “Oh, I don’t want Scott”. Oh, spare me. I thought Covenant was terrific and an even better segue into David’s final chapter. Now, we might not see the end of that chapter and lose Michael Fassbender (who is arguably the best thing ever to happen to the Alien franchise since Ripley) and Ridley Scott.

    • ClarkNova4

      DIS!!!! Finally someone who can reason through this without stumbling over his little ego.

      • Jeff

        You are obviously an expert on ego since your ego is gigantic.

    • zombie84_41

      yeah movie was dope as fuck. pisses me of when everybody has to bash them. They might of not sit through both AVP films esp the second one which is passed being atrocious. Fassbender character is so creepy and assholeish too I love it. And I’m hoping if this does get made he finally tells and finishes his story and leads it into the start of Alien. Just go all out make it a 2hr 40min film with young Ripley and all it could be done and it could be good. Also when they are at it get fucking Neill Blomkamp to make his version.

    • J Jett

      i guess i respect your opinion but i disagree 100%. i love Fassbender but his “David/Walter” characters are some of the worst things to happen to this franchise.
      turning the ALIEN franchise into “The David Show” has ruined this once great franchise. oh and for the record i very much liked PROMETHEUS.

      • Saturn

        Oh, the franchise was ruined way before Scott came back….

        • ClarkNova4

          Yup, Cameron gets the crown for that. Ridley did a good job bringing back some artistic strokes instead of shallow slimey space monster tropes that are dime a dozen

          • Saturn

            Gotta admit that I love the first 3 movies in the franchise – Resurrection had some stuff I liked, but is definitely the worst of the franchise if the AvP movies aren’t included.

          • Jeff

            You continue to prove you are a complete and utter fool. Aliens was a fantastic movie. Even Alien 3 had some good things about it. After that though it was pure trash.

          • ClarkNova4

            You are trying to hurt me? Being called a fool by a mental midget with your rhetoric skills is hardly doing Jeff.

          • Saturn

            Alien 3, although pretty much hated at the time of release, seems to be ageing quite well, and more people are looking back on it more fondly now.

      • pablitonizer

        I agree with you mr J Jett. The series turned into an android that wants to learn how to love and hate, and putting the alien name back on it was the worst mistake ever. Not sure how they can save this franchise in this direction….

    • Saturn

      Nothing worse than an incomplete story?
      Getting your genitals sawn off with a rusty hacksaw is MUCH worse!
      Or so it seems from the screams coming from my cellar….

    • Simon Allen

      Thank god for that …..Covenant is shitty .
      David is DREADFUL .
      I don’t want see any more of him .
      Scott’s new film just fell flat on it’s fucking face financially so no studio is going to be throwing good money after bad anytime soon .
      Goodbye Scott ……you’ve had you chances .
      Hurrah !!!!
      Also i LOVED Prometheus ….which made Covenant a massive stab in the back .

  • zombie84_41

    IDC what people say I loved the last two films. yeah so they weren’t about the aliens who cares you got fucking 4 of those movies (not counting the awful AVP films at all so if anybody wants to bitch, bitch bout those piece of shit films) These are prequels explaining or trying to explain what happen and how it happen. So lets hope we get another one and lets hope it actually finally leads into Alien. Because it has to.

    • F. This

      By the ending 20 min of Prometheus I was so angry I couldn’t think about anything else other than how pissed I was about, basically, being lied to. They billed it as a prequel to Alien but didn’t let anyone know it was going to deal more with philosophical themes than horror. After I cooled down I finally revised it and enjoyed it much more the second viewing but NOT as an Alien film. I was very excited for Covenant as it seemed to head into horror once more but the moment I saw a fully CGI Xenomorph, in broad daylight I knew that the film was going to further loose the point and opted to wait for a rental. Covenant was “spoiled” for me (David being the creator of the Xenomorph) and I wish all I had to worry about was a fully light CGI Xeno. Taking away the mystery of what they are cheapens the entire franchise (I would argue the unknown, the shadowed, and the hidden are the heart of it’s horror.) and shows neither Scott or Fox cares about the legacy of Alien. It’s cheep and more insulting than AVP, at least those know what they were. I hope you and all the fans get thier next film so you can have a complete set but the rest of us our out.

      • ClarkNova4

        David didn’t create the Xeno he just improved it. Scott truly cares for Alien in contrary to the legions of clueless fanboys who only want to see a shitty Ripley sequel and more marines.

        • F. This

          I was short handing a way to say my counter point in saying David did it. I would contend that, as we know them (It’s life cycle from egg onward) he did create them. Or as I’ve been told, I’ve no intention on seeing Covenant and it has moved farther from true horror to a mix fan service and 101 philosophy (with far too much CGI) but please feel free how to tell me how he “improved” them (I don’t care what more could get spoiled for me.)as I would like to hear your take as you have seen it. I very much want to see something more done outside of Ripley (her story is over and I actually liked Alien 3 more than Aliens, save for the obvious plot holes) and I would wager that there are more of us out there. However, you are correct for the most part; most just want to see Ripley and Space Marines. Fingers crossed that we get new and better stories in the future.

          • ClarkNova4

            Covenant has beautiful gothic horror scenery and absolutely the best bizarro moments of any A-grade cinema in a long time. The cinematic language is well developed and the conceptual work is good no matter what the mental midgets say. (Not as good as in Prometheus but a good enough continuation). Covenant also teases extremly creepy body horror with what happened to Shaw. Yes it’s true that covenant is kind of a mixed bag but it promises some incredible weird shit to happen next. I would like to explain it in more depth but I just ran out of time. I’ll give it a shot later

          • F. This

            Look forward to it! Have a good one. A proper body horror would be a good direction!

          • Jeff

            Covenant is a bag of shit not a mixed bag.

          • ClarkNova4

            Excercising in typing words. How very ambitious of you

          • CuntFarts

            Covenant frustrated me as an Alien fan but also thrilled me as a cinema lover and Alien fan.

          • ClarkNova4

            Covenant for sure is not as singular and focused as Prometheus but it’s a well done continuation. It also widdens the cinematic language by adding elements of gothic horror, German expressionism and is cleverly subverting the general idea that the Xeno is synonymous with the title. The title is it’s own larger concept of which the Xeno is just one physical manifestation of the creation / destruction symbolism.

          • CuntFarts

            What you say about the title has occurred to me also. Not sure if I love that. I kind of like it being about the xeno. But Prometheus is my favourite film of 2012 and I’ll probably be watching Covenant for the fourth time soon.

        • Jeff

          You are a fool. I saw an interview where Ridley said that the reason Covenant did so poorly was because it had the xenos in it. He is an idiot, a hack and a has-been. David did create the xenos. Again, you are a fool.

          • ClarkNova4

            You seem to put a lot of work in forming your opinion and expressing it in rhetoric

        • CuntFarts

          Yeah David didn’t create xenos. He reverse/side-engineered new lifeforms from the black goo, which I think maybe the engineers *got from the xenomorph*.

          • ClarkNova4

            I really like that they kept this a mystery tho

      • Nicolas Caiveau

        Prometheus was explicitely marketed as a movie set in the Alien universe, taking place before Alien, sharing some DNA with Alien (those were Scott words) but NOT an alien movie. It was marketed a spin off about the Space Jockeys, now called the Engineers. I knew that months before the release of the movie…

        • F. This

          I disagree, the pacing and use of that awesome “siren” (I don’t know what other word to use, but any Alien fan will recognize it.)near the end made it appear to be more in affiliated with Alien. Which is not Scott’s fault, someone in marketing is to blame for that. After my initial anger over the film passed and I was able to rewatch (the one with the alternate take of Fifield’s attack on the crew.) I ended up liking the film much more, save for the obvious bad scientist…that is always going to be bad writing. I doubt I will ever see Covenant, to me, it looks awful. However, I do hope that fans of the prequels get to have another film to complete the story.

          • J Jett

            i mostly enjoyed PROMETHEUS but the trailer for it (with the siren sound/music you’re referring to i think) was amazing! it’s one of the best (albeit misleading-ish) trailers i’ve ever seen. it got me so pumped for that movie and i agree it most definitely made it seem to be tied closer to the ALIEN films than what we got (with PROMETHEUS).

      • zombie84_41

        it could be great if scott ties it all together for everyone but dont think that happen.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Explaining the xenomorphs defeats the entire fucking point of the thing. The reason Alien worked so well was that it was so intentionally minimalist and the xenomorph was the abstract embodiment of cosmic phobia.

      Its sequel also worked well because it took the franchise to the only place it needed to go after that; there’s more of them. (still actually have a spot for Alien 3 though as it doesn’t deserve half the hate it gets to be honest)

      You don’t add an origin story to that, especially one that’s so goddamn lame as the one given in these movies. The xenomorph is basically the by product of some really bad daddy issues.

      Plus, all this shit with the Engineers and David is still nowhere near as clever as Scott thinks it is because it’s not hard to fucking get, no one really cares, and no one asked for it. Least anyone in their right mind who actually gives a damn and understood what made Alien so great in the first place.

      • zombie84_41

        Welp shit happens loll basically to be honest we didn’t need any of the other alien flicks either should of ended after three. I’m still waiting for a proper version of AVP maybe someday someone can get the fuckin movie right. It’s honestly not that fucking hard but they manage to screw it up not once but twice and the second one manages to be the worst piece of crap ever should of been dope but the whole damn movie couldn’t see shit like they ran out of lighting and just decided to shoot anyways.

  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    Alien Covenant was crap. I would very much prefer they just either give up the franchise or let younger writers and directors have a go, because Ridley Scott is far too focused on philosophical rambling these days to make a good Alien film.

  • Judge Satchmo

    I am fine letting it slip into that good night. It’s clear that Ridley wanted to do something fresh, this frees him to do so. I don’t think it was Ridley’s intention to make Alien Covenant. I think he wanted to make Covenant, a truer Prometheus sequel, and Fox said, “But with Aliens!” Fully utilizing their Jazz hands throughout.

  • Manny

    This is old news. I had heard this exact thing in late August from a podcast. I’m surprised no one picked it up back then since it occurred in the same time period were Fox was re-assessing what to do with the series. Then, a couple months back we hear from Fox’s Stacey Snider talk about how they trust Ridley, however he and his producer needed to find the right story to tell since they realized bringing in the familiar elements from the original trilogy didn’t help the film. So, from this they’re changing direction, though haven’t pulled the plug. I’d do some thorough research before putting out statements that later comes and bites you in the butt.

    • ClarkNova4

      You shouldn’t expect any sort of journalistic integrity here. In fact not even cinematic integrity. The people doing this site are shameless morons with not a shred of care for real cinema or horror.

  • J Jett

    i can’t say i’m upset by this news (IF it’s true). for me personally, i think the only way i’d go watch a new ALIEN film in the theater is if ANYONE other than Ridley was directing it. he’s really done irreparable (maybe) damage to this franchise and he seems hell bent on continuing that damage by turning the ALIEN franchise into ALIEN/BLADE RUNNER mishmash.

    • Saturn

      I have heaard a rumour (okay, I just made it up) that Scott is working on Gladiator prequel which will show that Maximus Decimus Meridius was always actually a replicant, and will show up alongside Dave in a movie set after Aliens..

      • J Jett

        NOOOOOOOOOO! don’t give Ridley any ideas!! 🙂

  • ScaryLarryV

    We’re good on Ridley Scott’s ideas on the Alien franchise, he’s done enough damage, just let him go make some space movie about Androids having sex with themselves and let someone cool like Blomkamp or whatever try an alien movie.

  • Adam Clifton

    ”I’ll do the fingering” lol

  • Christopher Nickerson

    Alien was my favorite franchise, but between the disastrous AvP films and Scott’s prequels I am actually hoping the series is dead now. The only hope it had was Blomkamp and Scott made sure that died

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      people complaint about Scott but think Blomkamp has good ideas?

      • Jeff

        My ass could come up with better ideas than Covenant.

        • Saturn

          Alien Vs Poopeymonster : a script by Jeff’s Ass.

          Interior : the brown sludge slowly begins it journey into the world, slopping,slopping, slopping!

        • ClarkNova4

          Clearly

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Blomkamp’s stupid fanfiction is not what this franchise needs, and people need to stop pretending he’s good. Blomkamp has never made a good movie as he is just very pretentious, and very generic.

      Yes, even District 9 is nowhere near as clever or good as people make it out to be. It was practically baby’s first social commentary. So freaking obvious what the movie was trying to say even in the film’s freaking trailer, and it still ultimately didn’t work in the context of the film. That movie couldn’t stand on its own in either aspect really.

      His concept art of Alien shows that he was only going to go the route of those nostalgia bait sequels now popping up, and was gonna shoehorn in even more social commentary that’s as shallow as a kiddie pool.

      He’s no genius. Blomkamp is an overrated hack. Alien, if anything, could just go for hitting the reset button all together but if not, let it die.

      • Jeff

        His “fan fiction” was 10 times better than that garbage Covenant

      • dsxy

        He’s no genius, totally agree – however I have actually enjoyed his films, far more than the recent alien efforts, plus all discussions he’s had regarding the alien universe makes it seem at least he has a clue on what the fans want from the franchise.

        One thing I know for sure, hardly no one gives a fuck about android stories in this universe, Scott has had his crack at it, time for someone else to step in.

      • Christopher Nickerson

        I personally think District 9 and Elysium are amazing films. Chappie was a piece of shit.

  • moebius2249

    God I hope so. Disney needs to get rid of Ridley Scott.

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    As long as Ridley Scott is determined to make Alien movies about everything BUT aliens, then i couldn’t care less if they shelve it. When I go to see an Alien movie it’s pretty simple, I want to see Xenomorphs. I don’t care about promethians, android’s having existential crises’s, or AI

    Alien, and Aliens 2 were fantastic films. Guess why?

    Xenomorphs.

    • oh_riginal

      Completely agree.

      I didn’t hate Prometheus, however. I liked that “Alien” wasn’t in the title for that film, and it’s connections to the franchise were more based around the Engineers. The Alien aspect was somewhat played down. I think making Covenant closer to Alien hurt it more than anything.

      If the franchise continued being very loosely connected, it would have been better than tying it closer.

      Think more “spin-off” than “sequel/prequel” and Covenant may have been better received, regardless of the lack of xenomorphs. Too bad it didn’t pan out for Ridley Scott. He did seem interested in trying to tackle a new part of the universe. It could have been more interesting if it played out into another sequel, but we’ll never know. That might be for the best too.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        To me it felt like Ridley wanted to move away from the Alien franchise entirely and tell a different story, but the studio forced his hand and made him shoehorn the aliens in.

        If he wants to tell a story about creation, and promethians, androids, and the dangers of AI then cool, that’s great. I’m not particularly interested in it but I’m sure plenty of people are. But then don’t force it to be related to the Aliens franchise. Make it it’s own thing. That way fans of Aliens (such as myself) aren’t going to come in expecting something, and leaving disappointed

        • Hugo Leonardo Arevalo

          Reading stuff from when Prometheus was being made, it looks like it was a Scott and Fox decision to make the movie more standalone, with less Xenomorphs, as they hired Damon Lindelof to rewrite Jon Spaihts script.

    • J Jett

      Josh, i agree 100%. well said!

    • Victor Silva

      “Alien, and Aliens 2 were fantastic films. Guess why?
      Xenomorphs.”

      Oh, I thought it was because of the marvelous directing and screenplay, but oh well.

      • ClarkNova4

        These people have no idea of cinema. They are just in love with the smell of their own farts

        • IWC-3PO

          First mom jokes and now toilet humor. I’m starting to get the impression that you’re not really Ridley Scott after all…

    • Baron Von Marlon

      Xenomorphs don’t guarantee fantastic films.
      Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, AvP and AvP 2.

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        Agreed. But making a movie that’s billed as being about Xenomorphs, then spending most of it talking about Androids, and Promethians is kind of a bait and switch.

        My point is people fell in love with the original films for a reason. The style, the atmosphere, the writing, and the monsters.

        These last couple films aren’t remotely like that. It’s obviously not what people wanted, hence the movies tanking. They’ve felt like a bait and switch. “I know you THINK you want a movie about xenomorphs, but here is what you REALLY want”

        Plus, origin stories for horror monsters are unessecary. Part of what makes them frightening is the unknown. I don’t want to know where the Xenos come from. They are scary just because they exist. And implying they were created by an emo Android during an existential crisis just sucks every bit of cool out. That instantly makes them LESS alien

      • Ivan__Drago

        While not great, most are rewatchable. I would rather visit the dentist than sit through Covenant again.

      • CR

        I’d gladly include 3as a good one. Plus it’s less dated than “Aliens” and without Cameron’s godawful dialogue.

    • ClarkNova4

      Scott never said it won’t feature Aliens. (He said he won’t feature the classic Xeno anymore) so what you are saying just your interpretation which is actually nothing but your failure to comprehend and it is very likely to be 100% wrong and you know it.

  • Brian McNatt

    “f Fox were to request an even tighter budget on the Covenant followup, Scott is the one director who could pull it off.”

    Could we give this hero worship of Scott a rest? The man’s done a lot of great stuff over his career, nobody can ever deny that, but since Gladiator at least he’s been more and more hit-or-miss. Covenant’s mediocre performance alone shows that. It also seriously disregards the numerous other people who had a hand in the first Alien’s success, the writers and production designers, etc.

    Also, why is being able to work with a tight budget the signpost for success we’re going with? Being able to deliver with a meager budget is basically the one thing we expect any competent horror director to be able to do!

    • jokerpentrick

      Scott’s only as good as the script he has, the Martian was and Alien Covenant are proof of that with both looking amazing but not of the same quality.
      I think they need to have a rethink and not bastardise the script like with prometheus…

  • GunsOfNavarone

    To be honest, Scott deserves this for ruining what could have been a great prequel franchise. This whole BS AI story was cliche and tedious. I’ve never seen a story spiral so out of control. You’ve got Prometheus which was the bastard child of Lindeloff off of Spaight’s script which featured plot holes a plenty and implausible character moments BUT there were moments to enjoy in it. Then it transitions to a semi-reboot, killing off Rapace (who was spades above Waterston) and replacing the engineer story with more Fassbender in some crazy AI plot with several cgi Aliens which somehow looked worse than the aliens in previous films. Ridley Scott has lost his touch imo. It’s better this happened than to release any more of his supposed ‘alien’ ideas.

    • dsxy

      Good summary, I feel exactly the same way. So much could be done in the alien universe, it’s time to greenlight the Neill Blomkamp project!

  • J Jett

    boy Mehaliens/ClarkNova4, you REALLY are a fragile person aren’t you? LOL. you get your panties wedged so fucking far up your ass any time anyone says the slightest negative things about this franchise (especially about Ridley and his PROMETHEUS/COVENANT films).

    • ClarkNova4

      Strange how obsessed you are with me. The only thing you do is make it about me every single time and reading your regular posts explains why

    • ClarkNova4

      … says a guy who comments negatively on every post made on Ridley Scott. How ironic

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    We can only hope…

  • RipleyCroft

    I hope so. It would be best news for the series. I’m riding on the gleam of hope I don’t have to watch 3 more terrible prequel-sequels about stupid David and not the Alien. Shelve this and make a proper sequel to Aliens it’s literally what everyone has been asking for.

    • Saturn

      So you’re not looking forward to the upcoming Alien : David Origins trilogy?

      😉

  • … and what do you know, Blomkamp posted a few new pieces of concept artwork for his Alien film on his Instagram account just today. Hmmm coincidence?

    • Runciter

      I hope so.

    • Pablo

      I hope so. [2]

  • Simon Allen

    They would be damn foolish to continue the current storyline …..Covenant bombed (relatively ) because it was bad and it all went in totally the wrong direction .
    If the series continues and I’m sure it will when the bad taste has finally left everyone’s mouth , it really need to go in a new direction and please ……NO MORE DAVID !!!

    • WOLF

      I agree. If they continue this awful story I’m not even renting it.

  • sliceanddice

    exacerbated

  • Saturn

    How would everybody feel if the Alien franchise was rebooted and totally ignored the prequels, by one Guillermo del Toro……

    Personally I believe he could save the franchise.

    • J Jett

      Saturn, i’m open to that idea. absolutely.

    • CR

      Nope. I like Alien 3 and it gave Ripley a fitting end. I don’t want her pseudo-resurrected yet again. Especially as part of a cheesy alien-fighting family.

      • Saturn

        So a new film in the same universe as Ripley, but with new characters?
        Perhaps another ship received the same transmission from the original movie, and turned up earlier/later – and accidentally took some of the eggs/face-huggers back to a human colony?

      • Saturn

        How about a soft reboot, which would be called Alien (it seems to be becoming more common to use the same name for a sequel these days), which would co-exist in the original universe, but perhaps another ship responded to the same beacon call from the original movie, at an earlier/later time, and took some of the eggs/face-huggers back to their human colony, where – well, you know…..

        The original time-line will still be in place, but it could try and get the franchise back on track, but with all new characters.

  • FortesqueX

    I’m totally fine with this. This USED to be my favorite franchise, but the last thing I want to do is sit through another entry of “David, The Wacky Android.”

  • Ivan__Drago

    Scott failed. There is not a business case to justify the limited interest for the stories he wants to tell in this universe. Personally, I saw the first two in the theatre, I will not watch a third.

    There is still value in this property put it into the hands of an artist that will make something the fans want to see.

    My suggestion, since Aliens the films have all been smaller in scope. Go larger.

  • Saying Like It Is

    Even though I personally enjoyed Covenant the direction of the franchise has become confused. The fans don’t know what they want and it appears that Scott doesn’t even know what movie he wants to make either. The way Covenant ended I think made for an interesting setup for a sequel but now Scott thinks that Alien is tired which probably means that if Awakening does get made he will again steer away from the Aliens and focus on the engineers hence making the trilogy even more disjointed. Also, with Disney acquiring Fox my prediction is that Awakening won’t happen and since they like milking the cow neither will Blomkamp’s Alien unless the plan will be to hand it down to a new generation like with their SW.

  • TheSlitheryDee

    I sure hope so. Alien needs to be taken away from Scott ASAP.

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  • Ivan__Drago

    I’d watch that.

  • Agnostic_Jesus

    I hope Scott gets to make another movie. I enjoyed the direction he was going with these prequels. We’ve already had several Alien movies. Been there, done that. I don’t need or want more of the same old same old Alien.

  • John Wayne

    Wow, this is actually not a bad idea! Personally I am a little sick of films being set in New York because Alot of comic related films take place in new york. I would love to it take place in different countries. Better yet, how about a place where some type of owner who collects/sells exotic animals, something that is illegal or whatever. It would be cool to see something goes wrong and the aliens take host on a variety of animals.

    Either way, I would glady pay to see an alien movie based on your idea.

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