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James Cameron Was a Fan of ‘Alien: Covenant’ But Had Some Issues

That said, it’s not a film he would have made.

The only man more synonymous with the Alien franchise than Ridley Scott is James Cameron, who of course directed 1986 sequel Aliens. Many fans consider Aliens to be the hands down best film in the entire franchise, so it’s at least interesting to hear what Cameron thinks about the current state of the series.

Back in January, Cameron didn’t seem so convinced that there was any need to continue the Alien franchise past Prometheus, but he did also note that he’d always be in line for anything Ridley Scott put out.

So then, what did James Cameron think of Alien: Covenant?

During a FB live chat, transcribed by AvP Galaxy, Cameron gave his thoughts.

I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful,” Cameron said of this year’s film. “I love Ridley’s films and I love his film making. I love the beauty of the photography. I love the visceral sense that you’re there, that you’re present.”

However, Cameron continued, “It’s not a film that I would have made. I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end. I would not have made that film. I can’t comment on where Ridley is going with it but I think he is obviously trying to create a greater universe around it and more backstory with the Engineers and so on.

I’ll show up for the next one, absolutely,” Cameron added.



  • EndZero13

    it was a fun movie and looked great… but for a group of “scientists” they were a bunch of idiots.

  • j johns

    No, a bunch of marines that were wearing camo in space was stupid. Hudson was stupid. The marine who got on the jump ship even knowing something was wrong because of the slime was stupid. All this make Ripley the biggest idiot in the Whole franchise for going back to the planet.

  • le4therfac3

    they must be smoking some good crack in hollywood

  • Benjamin Priest

    I suspect the death of pretty much every character stings a bit for him, given that the survivors of the Archeron incident all died on Fiorna 161.

    • Muscle Struts

      He also had to watch his first baby, The Terminator…well that’s self explanatory.

  • moebius2249

    If he had written and directed Alien 3 the franchise would be in a much better place.

    • RJ MacReady

      Judging by his comments about killing characters we’re invested in , I would be willing to bet he is not a big fan of Alien 3.

      • Evan3

        Good to know you made it out of Antarctica alive!

        • RJ MacReady

          Thanks man. Childs was the Thing, not me.

  • J Jett

    i agree w/ Cameron 100%. COVENANT (like PROMETHEUS) is a gorgeous, stunningly beautiful movie visually speaking. it’s the storyline that, for the most part, sucked. i especially agree w/ Cameron when he says…”I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end”.
    Ridley has basically (it seems) done this twice now. first with Noomi’s Dr. Shaw (who i liked a lot) and Katherine’s Daniels character. i guess it’s just a preference thing with me that i dislike investing in a protagonist (and sometimes even an antagonist…sometimes) for a film only for them to be dispatched at the end (or at the beginning of the sequel). it seems like Ridley’s infatuation/man-crush on Fassbender is him (Ridley) wanting audiences to root for the David android.

  • Munchie

    I had some issues with Covenant also. Namely the beginning, the middle, and the end.

  • Axi

    Check it out!

  • KSE1977

    Lol did we actually have a chance to become invested? They killed Noomi’s character off camera, the new ones were barely given anything in reference to development

  • Muscle Struts

    “The only man more synonymous with the Alien franchise than Ridley Scott is James Cameron, who of course directed 1986 sequel Aliens.”

    That isn’t how you spell H.R. Giger or Dan O’Bannon.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    “I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end.”

    Kinda like Arnold in T2.

    • Darren Hall

      I thought the same thing straight away.

  • Colin Christian

    I watched it again,and above all it did not look like a Ridley Scott movie,it looked generic to me,none of the famous Scott style,imagery or even smoke,it looked like anyone could have made it,and coming after the truly gorgeous looking Prometheus,it was a real let down.

  • Chris Risdal

    He doesn’t make movies period it seems so…Also, it was still better than AVATAR

  • Evan3

    This comment is so inane. Sadly, I can’t imagine Cameron making an Alien movie any better than Scott. I have very little faith in Blokamp, but I have to think he’d avoid the painful rehashes we’ve gotten to date.

    • SpaceManSpliffz .

      yes, because aliens was just a terrible movie

      • Evan3

        I was a bit unclear. Aliens is certainly as great as Alien. But like Scott, I don’t think Cameron could make a good movie if his life depended on it. Have you read his “idea” for a new Terminator? It’s atrocious. So I don’t think it matters if it were Scott or Cameron were behindt he lens for these new alien movies, I don’t think either of them could deliver at this point in time.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    at least ridley is treading new ground, instead of driving one of the franchises leads into the ground, and ruining what was once an iconic character

    • Evan3

      So as long as he doesn’t ruin Ripley, you don’t care how much he screws up the franchise, the Xenos, and the mythos?

    • rabidpolitico

      How is Ridley treading new ground? He’s giving sequels to a series where little are interested in seeing it.

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