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James Cameron Unlikely To Return For Another Alien Film

According to a new interview with Famous Monsters, James Cameron is unlikely to return for another Alien film. I know it probably goes without saying at this point but I’m sure it’s something that a lot of fans would still be eager to see. Cameron made the comment in a new interview with Famous Monsters as part of the various 30th anniversary (today!) celebrations.

The 286th issue of the magazine features a brand new interview conducted with James Cameron. A half hour segment of that interview with editor David Weiner was released as their 12th podcast and you can hear Cameron making the remark at around 28 minute mark.

While talking about how Aliens stands up today and how he’d have approached it differently with today’s technology, Cameron said: “would I want to make another Alien film tomorrow? No, I don’t think so.” He then teases a small possibility but then shortly rules it out completely: “unless someone could come with up with a spectacularly new concept.

Weiner asks Cameron, straight to the point, if he wouldn’t rule out returning to the Alien franchise, if there was a compelling enough story. Cameron remarks that it is unlikely to happen as he’s got his hands full with the Avatar series: “Well, look…I’ve got my own kind of Alien world that I’m enslaved to now with the Avatar films, so I can pretty much rule that out.

James Cameron unlikely to return for another Alien film. The comment comes from issue #286 of Famous Monsters. James Cameron Unlikely To Return For Another Alien Film

James Cameron unlikely to return for another Alien film. The comment comes from issue #286 of Famous Monsters.

With another 3 Avatar films planned, Cameron’s slate looks to be occupied by the science-fiction series for some time to come.

The last time Cameron was seriously involved in returning to an Alien film was back in the early 00’s when both he and Ridley Scott had been working on a concept for Alien 5. Cameron ultimately dropped work on the project when he found out Fox were moving forward with Paul Anderson’s Alien vs. Predator. Thanks to Omega Underground for the news.



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Comments: 32
  1. Scorpio
    I'm happy with the way history has turned out. 

    I would like for the future, though:

    2017 - Alien:  Covenant/Prometheus 2
    2018 - The Predator
    2019 - Alien 5
    2020 - Alien:  Covenant 2/Prometheus 3
    2021 - The Predator 2
    2022 - Alien 6
    2023 - Alien:  Covenant 3/Prometheus 4
    2024 - AVP 3
  2. DIRM
    How it could and should of been:
    1. Alien 1979 (theatrical cut)
    2. Aliens 1986 (Director's Cut in Theatres)
    3. Predator 1987 (minus few technical goofs & scenes with old creature design)
    4. Alien 3 1992 (set on Earth with Xenomorph infestation and ends movie series)
    5. Aliens vs Predator 1994 (follows the "just" of the comic story, practical effects instead of CGI, and Rated R)
    6. Alien Prequel 2001 (Cameron and Ridley making it, Sigourney is an Executive Producer, H.R. Giver and Stan Winston do the design and effects, story sets up the events of Alien 1979, scary & self contained like Alien 1979 and less action than Aliens 1986 and Alien 3 2001)

    It's not rocket science! why on Earth didn't this happen!
     

  3. Xenomorphine
    If only the FOX suits had let Ridley & Cameron do their joint version FIRST, and then greenlit their AvP project afterwards.  The fools.

    I've always wondered what we could have ended up with between the two of them collaborating.

    Fox had no idea the pair were working on a project - and Cameron mentioned in an interview, one time, that Scott never bothered to get back in contact with him about it. Seems like Cameron was the one who was mainly trying to get it done, but that he didn't notify Fox about it.

    There was no indication that Fox would have refused simultaneously filming it, however. Cameron only ever said he decided to stop writing and then, later, regretted doing so, because the AVP project wasn't nearly like he thought it was going to be. From that, it seems like he had never read the initial comic (which is ironic, as the likeness of one of the characters was based upon him), because, before that, he used to say he thought it could only ever turn into a messy 'Godzilla'-style enterprise.

    This makes me think that, had he been aware the AVP concept was aimed at being on a far smaller scale than he assumed, he might have simply continued with what he had been writing.
  4. whiterabbit
    Not really a big surprise. Why would he make another Alien - a film that would have a hell of a lot to live up to - when he's laughing all the way to the bank with his pet Avatar project?

    I have to wonder how successful those sequels are actually going to be. Yeah, Avatar was massively successful but I very rarely see people with positive stuff to say about it now-a-days.
    One also has to consider the foreign exchange rate. Back when avatar was released the us dollar was weak, thus over seas tickets sales had much more monetary power when converted to USD. Today overseas ticket sale receipts are simply worth less money and 3D is not that big of a deal so getting people to pay more will be hard. Avatar likely can not beat a movie like The Force Awakens today.
  5. HuDaFuK
    Not really a big surprise. Why would he make another Alien - a film that would have a hell of a lot to live up to - when he's laughing all the way to the bank with his pet Avatar project?
  6. The Alien Predator
    I would love to hear details of the story him and Ridley were working on before Fox started riddling the franchise with Bullets.

    https://alienseries.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/ridley-scott-and-james-camerons-alien-5/

     :)

    That's pretty much all there is to find.

    Thanks Valaquen. Some interesting tidbits there. Definitely a case of Ridley wanted to explore the Aliens origins and Cameron wanted Earth War

    FTFY  :laugh:

    LOL Whiskey's type gave me a good chuckle.  :laugh:
  7. Valaquen
    I would love to hear details of the story him and Ridley were working on before Fox started riddling the franchise with Bullets.

    https://alienseries.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/ridley-scott-and-james-camerons-alien-5/

     :)

    That's pretty much all there is to find.

    Thanks Valaquen. Some interesting tidbits there. Definitely a case of Ridley wanted to explore the Aliens origins and Cameron wanted Earth War

    FTFY  :laugh:
  8. Ash 937
    I don't like it when good directors dedicate themselves to a single franchise for long periods of time. George Lucas did this with Star Wars and Peter Jackson did this with The Lord of the Rings.  And both of those franchises felt redundant to me after awhile. :/

  9. Dan
    Valaquen:
    " Ripley realizes her dreams have played a role in what’s happening she evacuates and confines herself to a cell, but inevitably she will meet her nemesis face to face again.”

    Than Ripley 8 was a chosen one in the A5 draft? She can control events by dreaming?
    What if she dream about turn back in time and save Hicks and Newt in some kind of Interstellar way? Maybe that power she will achive in A.Covenant from her mother.

     :o
  10. BringbackJonesy!
    If only the FOX suits had let Ridley & Cameron do their joint version FIRST, and then greenlit their AvP project afterwards.  The fools.

    I've always wondered what we could have ended up with between the two of them collaborating.
  11. XENOMORPHOSIS
    Him describing the limitations of technology aloud them to focus on story and character rather than over expose the creatures, that hwy the early films hold up so well.

    Its a shame James Cameron isn't doing smaller scaled practical effects movies, he's caught up in the Avatar world, that film had alot of hype around it for its renovating effects and 3D experience and it sure made a name for itself breaking 2 billion at the box office, however many movie goers dismiss it for the story being  your basic native American vs white invaders Dances with Wolves set in a space epic.

    Though seeing the Avatar aftermath and lack of enthusiasm has you wondering how well the sequels will do. Cameron pulled off two of the greatest sequels of all time Aliens and Terminator 2. He may have some gimmick at hand that will give in an advantage to renewal that enthusiasm for Avatar and blow us away becoming another great hit. Or not.  :-
  12. Whiskeybrewer
    I would love to hear details of the story him and Ridley were working on before Fox started riddling the franchise with Bullets.

    https://alienseries.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/ridley-scott-and-james-camerons-alien-5/

     :)

    That's pretty much all there is to find.

    Thanks Valaqueen. Some interesting tidbits there. Definitely a case of Ridley wanted to explore the Aliens origins and Cameron wanted Earth War
  13. CelticPred97
    I considered that obvious.
    I'm fine with that. No need to overdo it. Ridley Scott should take note.

    Xan21 - I very much care about the 'Avatar' sequels. And it's 4 not 3.
    That's a really really great universe (the most creative one I can think of in ages) that the first film set up with a simple story. I really look forward to see where James Cameron takes it with this very ambitious project of shooting 4 films simultaneously.
  14. T Dog
    It's still so crazy how much Fox shot themselves in the foot in the early 90's. They DIDN'T want to develop an Alien movie with Ridley and Cameron. WTF!!!!!!! Who was the crazy person running the studio then?
  15. whiterabbit
    This news makes me frown a bit but I can totally understand it. James Cameron knows that he simply cannot out do Aliens. So instead he rather do films about other aliens... that he invented. ha the bugger went George Lucas on us.
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