Would you be interested if the next installment(s) of the Alien franchise if they didn't have the iconic Xenomorph alien in it? Well, Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott thinks so.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Scott said he has little interest in revisiting the series’ classic alien species.
“We went to Covenant to perpetuate the idea and re-evolve the universe of the alien, who — I think the beast has almost run out, personally. You’ve got to come in with something else. You’ve got to replace that.”
He added, “And so I was right, I was ahead of the game,” likely referring to the negative-to-mixed reception to his Prometheus sequel, which chose to center around the infamous beast, yet again.
This isn't the first time Scott has expressed this, he once told the Empire Film podcast:
“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over. But what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
He also mentioned his follow-up to Alien Covenant saying: “I’ll probably be filming it within a year,” he also explained that writer John Logan has already given him a script for a direct sequel he plans to shoot after he finishes All the Money In The World and The Cartel. Scott also revealed:
“It’ll be out within a year and nine months. It’s weird when you’re writing, doing, planning, thinking about franchises, it’s amazing how it opens up and starts to evolve.” Declining to divulge a title for the project, Scott did tease he might make “maybe two more [films], or maybe one more.”
Alien: Covenant was made on a production budget of $97 million, and made over $240 million at the worldwide box office. By comparison, Prometheus earned a whopping $403.3 million internationally.
What do you think? Do you think Ridley Scott should ditch the Xenomorph?