Is Ridley Scott still working on that third Alien prequel? We don’t know, as there hasn’t been any news on it in quite a while, but you’ll be getting another movie one way or another. Something completely unrelated was just greenlit for production…but not for theaters.
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard anything about a TV series set in the Alien universe, but director Ridley Scott says it’s still happening. He sat down for an interview with The Independent that was published yesterday. The reporter asked him how the upcoming series would measure up to the iconic 1979 original, and Scott was surprisingly candid:
Director Neill Blomkamp never got to make his proposed Alien 5 movie, mainly due to Ridley Scott’s current stranglehold on the property. He released drawings online of a Weyland-Yutani warehouse, a grown-up Newt, and Ellen Ripley in some kind of bio-organic weaponized Alien suit. The story told itself and sounded amazing. But while he did attract the attention of Fox for a while, the movie just couldn’t happen. Blomkamp had to dump some of his ideas in a series of short films he released earlier this year, one starring Sigourney.
Ridley Scott has decided he’s just going to keep making Alien prequels until he’s either dead or too weak to continue. The problem is as long as Fox is occupied with making prequels, we can’t get a SE-quel, meaning Sigourney Weaver is just sitting there while the precious remaining years of her life tick away. ….Though I guess CG-ing her back to life is always an option.
Director Ridley Scott has been holding a grip on the Alien franchise for the last few years, making middling prequels. All this time we’ve held out hope that eventually, SOMEDAY, director Neill Blomkamp would be allowed to make his proposed “Alien 5″ picture — a movie that would once again bring Sigourney Weaver back to the franchise to revive the character that made her famous, one last time. According to sketches the movie would have also brought back Colonel Hicks and a grown-up Newt, thereby retconning their deaths between Aliens and Alien 3.
Looks like Alien: Covenant won’t be the last prequel in the Alien series that Ridley Scott is involved with. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he said the script for the movie he wants to make after this one has already been written. “You’ve got to assume to a certain extent success and from that you’d better be ready,” he says. “You don’t want a two-year gap. So I’ll be ready to go again next year.”
Fear is basically a heightening of the senses that occurs when we feel danger yet lack the knowledge of how to handle it. Because of this, it’s very difficult to scare someone with the same story twice, let alone a dozen times. A monster we’ve never seen before can be very scary. The second time we see the monster, if it does the same things, we’re not as scared of it because we know what to expect from it.
The film market is filled with numerous genres. And like any form of media, there are ebbs and flows and trends that often grab the attention of many directors. The latest one is easily the superhero film genre. Between Marvel and DC Comics, there’s a lot of potential for not only critical acclaim, but big money to be made. Not to mention that numerous heroes fall into various genres themselves.
This week marks the 79th birthday of Ridley Scott, director of two of the most influential science fiction films ever made: Blade Runner and Alien. He’s going back to both this year with Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner 2049 on his schedule, though he is only producing the Blade Runner sequel. With Alien he’s all hands-on.
We don’t know yet if Ridley Scott’s 2017 prequel Alien: Covenant will be any good. But at least the poster is.
This week Ridley Scott’s unnamed Halo feature film began filming in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Directed by sci-fi veteran Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who worked on series like Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Falling Skies, the new Halo film project will be released this year exclusively on Xbox platforms.