Ridley Scott recently sat down with the Toronto Sun to promote ‘All The Money in The World’, but while discussing the film mused that the Alien franchise should be on par with the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises by saying:
“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek 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.”
The first Alien installment came out in 1979 and famously starred Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, along with Tom Skerritt as Dallas, Ian Holm as Ash, and many others. Alien opened to universal acclaim and has garnered a cult following since.
When Ridley Scott was asked about making more he said:
“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.”
So far the entire Alien franchise is comprised of six installments and two spin-off movies and adaptions in various other forms. However, with the box office numbers of the Alien sequels not doing as well as the original it doesn’t seem like it has the power of the Star Wars or Star Trek franchises. As well, Ridley Scott now has to deal with Disney buying 20th Century Fox and with it the rights to the Alien franchise. This most likely means any further Alien movies are dead on arrival since Disney usually doesn’t like to deal in the “R” rated genre of films, but Disney’s Bob Eiger did say that the company is looking into the future of R-rated movies under the Disney brand.
In the meantime do you think Ridley is right could Alien be at the same level as Star Wars or Star Trek? Personally we don’t see the ability of Alien to turn into a tourist friendly amusement park anytime soon, but who knows.