If things didn’t look dire for the Alien franchise since the Fox/Disney acquisition, it certainly does now. It’s rare that an established and critically acclaimed filmmaker such as Sir Ridley Scott would be making such a public outcry for his passion project. He barely made a peep when the reboot of Blade Runner nosedived at the box office. When speaking with the Toronto Sun, the 80 year old Alien creator had this to say;
“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars,” he argued. “So I think the next step as to where we go is, do we sustain the Alien [franchise] 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”.
However, that monster beast no longer appear to be the Xenomorphs, but A.I systems such as David 8. Ridley continues;
“I love what [Fassbender] did in Covenant. But it’s fucking hard dude. We lifted Alien out of a ditch and made Prometheus”.
There are a couple of reasons why a franchise such as Alien is not at the same level as Star Wars and Star Trek. For one thing the franchise is largely rated R which cuts the moviegoer demographic, another is the fact that it’s a horror franchise which has never generated decades (or maybe a better term, sequels) worth of critically acclaimed films. On one of our recent Infinity Watch episodes we speculated that films that are still in the development phase at 20th Century Fox are in danger of being cancelled. One shouldn’t be afraid that Disney will not make a film because of its rating, but they will cut a film that won’t generate a lot of money. However, if James Cameron can get 3 sequels green lit to a film that was released 8 years ago, and was just an adaptation of Pocahontas then let Ridley continue with his Alien franchise.