The legendary filmmaker may be ready to return to the lair of the Xenomorphs once again!
After the box office disappointment of his last ‘Alien‘ prequel, ‘Alien: Covenant‘ (Which I personally enjoyed) and the cancellation of director Neil Blomkamp’s proposed ‘Alien 5‘ which would have seen Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn return to the franchise as Ripley and Hicks respectively, we all thought our time with those pesky oval head shaped bugs was all but over. But perhaps we were too hasty in moving away from the aliens we have come to love (or at least, I do) or hate (the rest of decent society). During an interview with the LA Times in which he took a retrospective look back at his time with the franchise, Sir Ridley Scott has dropped the news I have been hoping for. He MAY NOT as yet be done with the franchise just yet. See what you make of Scott’s comments:
“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.”
The last film ended with David (Michael Fassbender) having control of the ship, the Covenant, and its passengers and crew in hypersleep, all the while planning to infect them with the Alien embryos he was carrying inside small eggs inside his robotic body. What Ridley Scott is proposing sounds like we won’t be finding out the end of that particular plot thread. What it sounds like he is considering is leaving David and the Covenant alone and concentrating solely on where the Alien comes from, what its purpose is, and its back story before we encounter them for the first time on LV-426 during the original ‘Alien‘ movie. Although we have seen a good amount of a backstory in ‘Prometheus‘, there is still a good story waiting to unfold that will take us right up to the front door and opening of the 1979 classic.
I, for one, would relish the chance to sit in a darkened theatre and watch another chapter in the 41-year-old saga. To see what happened before Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo was forced to land on LV-426 and collect a specimen unknowingly for ‘The Company’. I would enjoy sitting down and watching the film WITHOUT a single human character making an appearance throughout the entire running time, to see nothing but ‘The Engineers’ and the Aliens themselves for two hours as long as its violent, scary and worthy of inclusion in the franchise as well as adding to the mythology of the saga and being completely riveting and enjoyable.
I’m down for another go around with the Aliens. The question is, are you??
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(Source: LA Times)