Ridley Scott Wants to Keep the ALIEN Franchise for Himself, New Films Will Lead to ALIEN 1
Ridley Scott will start shooting Alien: Paradise Lost, early next year. He recently brought in John Logan to help him polish up the script. Logan has worked on films such as Skyfall, Spectre and Gladiator. After that, he plans on making another sequel that will lead up to the first Alien film in the series.
As you know, Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 was put on hold, and it doesn't look like it will ever get made. Why? Because Scott is trying to keep the franchise to himself. In fact, he regrets letting the franchise get away from him in the first place. In an interview with IGN he said:
“I’m trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one [Alien] get away from me – I shouldn’t have… I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let it off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of Alien 1. I’m gradually getting to Alien 1."
So it seems to me like Blomkamp’s desire to make Alien 5 lit a fire under Scott’s ass, and he doesn’t want anyone else touching his precious franchise. I guess he didn't like James Cameron swooping in and making the badass Aliens movie. Hopefully the sequels he’s working on aren't as disappointing as Prometheus. The director goes on to talk about his plans, saying:
“Prometheus 2 will start getting shot in February and I’ve already begun now so I know what the script is. Then there will be another one after that and then maybe we’ll back into Alien 1, as to why? Who would make such a dreadful thing?”
Alien: Paradise Lost is scheduled to hit screens in May of 2017. I’m curious to see how these upcoming films will connect directly to Alien. Do you think Scott is being stingy by keeping the Alien franchise to himself? Are you excited about his planned sequels that will lead up to Alien?