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.