Aliens director James Cameron has made some rare comments in a “Ask Me Anything” interview on Reddit.com a few days ago. He discussed all sorts of things including the upcoming Avatar and Terminator sequels and of course the Alien series popped up in some questions. He says that Prometheus looked good but it didn’t really make sense in the continuity. He also mentions his plans for Alien 5 back in the early 2000s, just before 20th Century Fox decided to make Alien vs Predator. We still don’t know what his pitch for Alien 5 would have been though.
How did you feel about what Prometheus contributes to the Alien story arc? And which is your favourite movie?
Interesting. I thought it was an interesting film. I thought it was thought provoking and beautifully, visually mounted, but at the end of the day it didn’t add up logically. But I enjoyed it, and I’m glad it was made. I liked it better than the previous two Alien sequels… And it was done in native 3D and I’m a big fan of Native 3D done by directors who embrace it as an art form, like Ridley, Scorsese, Ang Lee.
Were you asked to do Alien 3? What happened with Alien 5? And would you consider working on the Prometheus sequels?
[Fox and I] never talked about Alien 3. I don’t remember the timing exactly, but I might have been making The Abyss at that time, also for Fox. What came up was the idea of doing Alien 5, and at one point I pitched that I would write it and produce it, and Ridley would direct it, and we had lunch talking about this, and we were in violent agreement, then nothing happened. What happened was Fox went ahead with Aliens Vs Predator, and I said “I really don’t recommend that, you’ll ruin the franchise, it’s like Universal doing Dracula versus the Werewolf,” and then I lost interest in doing an Alien film. But Prometheus is seen as the A-level alien, as opposed to rather, the derivative. I don’t think I have anything to offer on the Prometheus sequels, that’s Ridley’s, I think I’ll stick to the Avatar universe.
Thanks to Xenomorphine for the news.