So a couple months ago, Ridley Scott revealed in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that he was planning on making five or six more sequels to Alien: Covenant. That’s a hell of a lot of films, and quite the bombshell announcement to make.
Except that may no longer be the case. In an interview with Yahoo, when asked if he still planned on making all those movies, Scott backpedaled a bit, downsizing to a more respectable amount:
“I don’t know. (I’ll make) maybe two more (films), or maybe one more, I don’t know.”
That seems much more realistic. While I have yet to see Alien: Covenant myself, in general people seem to be enjoying it. If Covenant ends up being a true return to form for the franchise, then I’m totally down for however many Alien movies Scott wants to make.
In the same interview, Scott touched on the many criticisms Prometheus received, on how they factored into the development of Alien: Covenant:
“….we discovered from it that (the fans) were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original (monster) and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.”
“The fans, in a funny kind of way — they’re not the final word — but they are the reflection of your doubts about something, and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take (the fans’ reaction) into account.”
While I’m always down for more xenomorph action, this response from Scott is deeply troubling to me. The lack of xenomorphs in Prometheus doesn’t even crack the top 20 of the film’s glaring issues. Its script being the most troublesome issue. In fact, that statement, to me, reads like Scott really hasn’t learned anything from that film. I hope I’m wrong though.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until Alien: Covenant to see if we want any of Ridley Scott’s planned sequels. Luckily, we only have a short wait ahead of us. Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th. You going?