The Spotlight: Ridley Scott says Disney would be 'crazy' to abandon his 'Alien' franchise, 'It should be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars'
May 2017 was a simpler, more hopeful time for Ridley Scott's Alien franchise at 20th Century Fox.
Prior to the release of his Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant, Scott told Yahoo! he had at least one to two more Alien films in him and that we'd get another chapter pretty quick.
“I’ll probably be filming it within a year,” Scott says about the follow up to ‘Covenant’. “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.”
Well, that timetable no longer seems to be viable. Covenant only made $240 million on a $97 million budget and was hit or miss with critics and fans. With the property shifting over to Disney in its acquisition of Fox, it's tough to imagine The Mouse taking the plunge anytime soon.
Remaining ever hopeful, Scott tells The Toronto Sun that Alien will live on if Disney has half a clue.
I’m a huge Alien fan. What’s coming next? Are Daniels and Tennessee from Covenant going to make it?
I think they have to. There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as StarTrek and Star Wars. So I think the next step as to where we go is, do we sustain the Alien (series) with the evolution of the beast or do we reinvent something else? I think you need to have an evolution on this famous beast because he’s the best monster ever, really.
Are you still planning more Alien movies?
I would like to; they’re crazy if they don’t. David is a fantastic villain. I love what (Michael Fassbender) did in Covenant. But it’s f—ing hard, dude. We lifted Alien out of a ditch and made Prometheus.
I say give him one more. Let him finish it, Disney.
(image via 20th Century Fox)
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Clowning around with Carrie Fisher in the Summer of 2012. Right after this pic was taken Carrie glitter bombed me in the head with this huge fist full of glitter. She then told me we were going to live together and have our own reality show called Star-Blood (Star Wars + True Blood). In a closet somewhere I have that pair of jeans that still has glitter sparkles embedded in the material. She was the best. RIP Princess Leia AND - I just now realized that’s Peter (Chewbacca) Mayhew photo bombing us in the background.
To each their own.
You know guys..... people like things you don’t....like it’s a really big planet. Incase you forgot...— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 27, 2017
Sign her up.
Please be careful.
Paso Robles, California. He’ll grow up with nothing, be nothing, lost in a little apartment in the city. Christmas will come and go and he’ll sleep through it, mom dead, father on a boat somewhere in the south seas with a bottle of tangeray and two young Polynesian women at his side. They’ll be ghosts whispering in his ears late at night and in the morning the thin blanket he’s had since he was six won’t be enough to keep him warm. It could’ve been different if it wasn’t for that April back in ‘82. He was downstairs when it happened. He could hear the screams, muffled, like the far away forced yelping of a Labrador puppy. They were just kids from the neighborhood, outside, playing nearby. They used to play close by because his mother would feed them cereal from time to time and let them put as much sugar on it as they wanted. He never really fit in, he just had the mother. But as he lay in bed now, as he does every morning, he can’t help but wake with that memory. The memory that reminds him that by moving, by being seen, proves again and again, that someone, somewhere, will eventually snuff you out. But just for fun.