Ridley Scott Says He Was Wrong About PROMETHEUS and Scales Back His Alien Sequels
Well, it looks like Ridley Scott is apologizing for Prometheus. As you know, it wasn't received very well by Alien fans. Yeah, there were some people who enjoyed it, but for the most part, a lot of people were disappointed with it.
He's hoping to win back the affection of Alien fans with his new film Alien: Covenant, which takes place after the events of Prometheus. During an interview with Yahoo, the director talked about the negative response to Prometheus and how that changed his approach when he started developing Alien: Covenant. He said:
“It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong. The fans, in a funny kind of way — they’re not the final word — but they are the reflection of your doubts about something, and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take [the fans’ reaction] into account.”
So he admits that he was wrong about his approach to Prometheus. Now, I haven't seen Alien: Covenant yet, but judging from the initial reactions from the members of the press that have seen it, it doesn't sound like it's much better, which isn't what I want to hear because I'm excited to see it! Obviously, I'll see the movie for myself to make up my own opinion, but I hate that it's not looking good.
Scott previously mentioned that he would be making up to five more sequels if that's what the fans wanted. Those sequels would lead up to the events of the 1979 Alien film. In the same interview, Scott was asked about that and he reveals that he's cutting back on the number of sequels he'll make. He tells the outlet:
“I don’t know. [I’ll make] maybe two more [films], or maybe one more, I don’t know.”
Damn! Looks like he's not as gung-ho about the franchise as he previously made himself out to be. His next film, Alien: Awakening, which will start shooting within the next 14 months, could very well be his final Alien movie. I guess we'll have to wait and see how Alien: Covenant performs at the box office before any decisions are made on how Scott and the studio want to proceed with the franchise.