Ridley Scott sat down with TheHollywoodReporter and he talked to them about the 40th Anniversary of Alien. Towards the end of the interview, Scott confirmed that there are discussions for future installments, which should make people happy that more movies could be coming in the future.
Ruminating on the immediate future of the Alien franchise, now that Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox, Scott confirms that there are discussions for future installments, but warns that if the basic premise of “the beast” does not evolve like the Xenomorph itself, the “joke” gets old.
He went on to expand upon his apprehension that the xenomorph concept needs to keep evolving and mentions his distaste for Alien vs. Predator. Echoing previous comments from James Cameron, who had been working with Scott on an Alien 5 project before 20th Century Fox pivoted and made AVP instead.
“You get to the point when you say, ‘Okay, it’s dead in the water,’” he says. “I think Alien vs. Predator was a daft idea. And I’m not sure it did very well or not, I don’t know. But it somehow brought down the beast. And I said to them, ‘Listen, you can resurrect this, but we have to go back to scratch and go to a prequel, if you like.’ So we go to Prometheus, which was not bad actually. But you know, there’s no alien in it, except the baby at the end that showed, itself, the possibility. I mean, it had the silhouette of an alien, right? The alien [origin concept] is uniquely attached to Mother Nature. It simply comes off a wood beetle that will lay eggs inside some unsuspecting insect. And in so doing, the form of the egg will become the host for this new creature. That’s hideous. But that was what it was. And you can’t keep repeating that because the joke gets boring.”
We’ve previously learned from Fox’s former studio head Stacey Snider that Emma Watts (now overseeing the studio) and Ridley were trying to figure out what the next step for the franchise would be after Alien: Covenant failed to match Prometheus’ box office success. But there hadn’t been really any concrete updates about the films from the studio since that.
Disney’s Alan Horn being the CCO will likely have a say with future projects and the direction of what those films will look like.
I’d personally like to see Ridley take a creative/producing role as he did on Blade Runner 2049, but I don’t get to make those calls.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER