Though the Alien franchise is iconic when it comes to its place in pop-culture, the latest movies from Prometheus to Covenant have not been faring well when it comes to audience reception. Despite this, director Ridley Scott believes that the franchise still has a future ahead of it.
Talking to The LA Times, Scott explains:
“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in ‘Alien,’ but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve… What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question — who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”
If anything, Scott had attempted to ‘evolve’ the franchise back when he worked on Prometheus, but since reception of that movie didn’t do so well, he tried to take more steps backward with Alien: Covenant—which only resulted in worse critic reviews.
Nevertheless, these films still have some things to like about them. The concept of the Engineers is pretty interesting, and the films are still very visually striking. Not to mention Michael Fassbender’s David is a fantastic villain.
We don’t know what’s in store for the future of Alien, but hopefully Ridley Scott can end it with a bang.