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“Is There Any Validity to Doing Another One Now?” – James Cameron On Alien: Covenant

Is there any validity to doing another one now?” asks James Cameron about Alien: Covenant in a new interview with Vulture. The interview is primarily about the current state of America and Cameron’s interest in Atlantis but Variety didn’t forget to ask James Cameron what he thought about Sir Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant:

“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley [Scott] did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans with that one movie and there have been so many films that stylistically have derived from it, including my own Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper heir to his film. I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor his film, but also say what I needed to say. After that, I don’t take any responsibility.

I don’t think it’s worked out terribly well. I think we’ve moved on beyond it. It’s like, okay, we’ve got it, we’ve got the whole Freudian biomechanoid meme. I’ve seen it in 100 horror films since. I think both of those films stand at a certain point in time, as a reference point. But is there any validity to doing another one now? I don’t know. Maybe. Let’s see, jury’s out. Let’s see what Ridley comes up with.”

“Is there any validity to doing another one now?” asks James Cameron about Alien: Covenant in a new interview with Vulture.

This is a pretty interesting comment from Cameron as back in June he spoke out in favor of a different Alien film, Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5, describing Blomkamp’s script as  “work[ing] gangbusters.” Cameron and Scott were even working together on a potential Alien 5 during the early 2000’s (as you can read over at AvP Galaxy staff member Valaquen’s blog, Strange Shapes) before giving up after learning that 20th Century Fox was working on an Alien vs. Predator film.

In regards to Ridley Scott and Alien: Covenant, Cameron does add that: “I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he’s such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating.”

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  1. SiL
    I think Avatar is the nadir of cinematic writing,  but even I can see that at this point there are options.

    The final nail in the coffin was Jake's voice over telling us everything had changed.  Just in case we missed it.

    I was willing that movie to surprise me at some point, all the way till the end.  It didn't.
    It was so transparent you could see through to the closing credits before it started.
  2. SiL
    I'm not much of a Cameron fan.  Don't think SM cares much either.  Just hate the modern trends in film commentary which are almost exclusively built on knee jerk responses that aren't thought out.
  3. whiterabbit
    I wonder if SiL and SM are sometimes part Vulcan with all their logic and wisdom.

    /thread
    Does make sense. At the very least one of them has a decent sized James Cameron collection.... I highly suspect.

    Oh and no I do not have Ridley Scott bed sheets!  nor undies. not even that much of a blade runner fan for that matter. I'mma Alien fan, here at a Alien vs Predator website... Avatar belongs in the General film thread. I don't mean that. It's just that some are defending it a little too hard. I honestly gave up several post ago.

    What I mean by that is that I'm not out to win here.

  4. SM
    I know that I am, regardless of what you think. Unlike you, I don't need qualification from others. "Oh, look at me! I have a ridiculously high post count and stars next to my name!" Big whoop.

     :laugh:
    How sad.

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    And how do you get "endless possibilities" from Avatar? It's such a derivative, cliched, boring film. The only promising thing about it that has me looking forward to anything it could produce is merely the technological aspects that it trailblazed. That's it. Idea-wise, it's a dry well off the get-go.

    FYI - I'm not SiL, Herr isSmart, so I didn't say Avatar was "fresh" in the first place.  However, in this instance it's an appropriate adjective.  As I've said earlier, I found Avatar painfully predictable - but it could literally go anywhere with sequels and with the box office popularity of the first one, making sequels is pretty *ahem* smart.
  5. SiL
    Because there's one film and plenty of options for stories to tell.  We saw relatively little of the planet.  We saw effectively nothing of humanity beyond the settlement. There's as much space to grow as there was with Alien in 1979.

    You might not be interested,  but again,  that's not the least bit relevant. Plenty of people didn't give a shit  about Alien,  look where we are now.
  6. NickisSmart
    I know that I am, regardless of what you think. Unlike you, I don't need qualification from others. "Oh, look at me! I have a ridiculously high post count and stars next to my name!" Big whoop.

    And how do you get "endless possibilities" from Avatar? It's such a derivative, cliched, boring film. The only promising thing about it that has me looking forward to anything it could produce is merely the technological aspects that it trailblazed. That's it. Idea-wise, it's a dry well off the get-go.
  7. SiL
    It's fresh in that there is one film and almost endless possibilities.  It's not wise,  but it is common sense. Whether you're personally more interested in one or the other is entirely irrelevant.

    The Alien movie have been consistently OK at best and terrible at worst for over two decades now.  Asking whether there's much point in continuing is fine.  Even a lot of fans think they should give it a rest.

    Covenant might turn it around.  Might not. But for now, the track record is looking pretty miserable.
  8. NickisSmart
    I wouldn't call them wise for saying Avatar is "fresh." '"Yes, guv." My ass!'

    The number of a series isn't always important, versus content. The Alien universe, to me, is a lot more interesting than Avatar. I can't stand the lore and writing in that film. I don't care if it's the first film in the series. That doesn't mean anything. Neither doesn't Covenant being at the end of a long-running series. Hell, just look at James Bond. Been around for over 50 years and still making good films.
  9. SiL
    There have been six Alien movies after the original, including his own. Ignoring his own, that's five films to look at and say, "You know what? Maybe there's not much left in it."

    That's where the question is coming from. Avatar has no sequels. There's everywhere for it to go, for now. That'll shrink after each movie. But for now it's an open slate and he can put whatever creativity he wants into it.

    The Alien films have already got a long history of increasingly disappointing films, with one uptick right at the end. It's fine to ask if this particular franchise, with its track record, has much left in it, while working on something that is otherwise fresh.
  10. whiterabbit
    Oh boy, not this again. No one sai... you know what, forget it. Better off having a cup of tea with the aliens.
    That's what that particular video is implying with the "Cameron trashes sequels while making sequels" comment at the beginning, then asking if he should shut up about sequels at the end.

    People can criticise Cameron's comments, but the "lol he's making sequels he should shut up about sequels" shit is dumb.
    I don't want to argue about stupid to be honest. Arguing about "internet opinion" is like pissing xenomorph blood into the wind.

    I have no interest in Avatar. That of course can change, I might even like it. Still sticking with my "foot in da mouth" opinion.
  11. NickisSmart
    It by itself, perhaps. But is it completely necessary to make 4-5 Avatar sequels, in tandem? He's saying the Alien series is out of steam, and here he is putting all his chips on the table for a series that really isn't a series, yet, just a single film. Furthermore, the writing for that film was so bland and heavy handed, I can't imagine there being 1 or 2 sequels, let alone 4 or 5.

    The man can say what he wants, and the fact that he's making sequels in and of itself has nothing to do with my skepticism . I don't think his question is without merit, but again, barring Prometheus, the last Alien film was made in 1997, right? It's been awhile. It's not like Cameron, himself, who's planning on churning one of these Avatar films out every two years without questioning his own motives under the same light, or the rumors behind him resurrecting the Terminator series, after many sub-par outings (all of which I enjoyed, on some level).

    I just don't understand his question, given his own actions.

    Is anything necessary? Gee, I don't know, Cameron. Ask that question of Shakespeare filmmakers, or Jane Austen nuts. TO them, it certainly is, because they enjoy it, just like you apparently enjoy making Avatar films. It just seems like a rhetorical question what's generated some friction from people who are more invested in the Alien series than Cameron is. Frankly I don't think he cares very much about anything except his own projects, right now, and merely offers Ridley some respect, regardless, because the man is his predecessor and a trailblazer.
  12. SiL
    Oh boy, not this again. No one sai... you know what, forget it. Better off having a cup of tea with the aliens.
    That's what that particular video is implying with the "Cameron trashes sequels while making sequels" comment at the beginning, then asking if he should shut up about sequels at the end.

    People can criticise Cameron's comments, but the "lol he's making sequels he should shut up about sequels" shit is dumb.
  13. D. Compton Ambrose
    But that's what everyone does. Cameron isn't above the criticism because you think us "everloving f**k people" don't honestly believe he put his foot squarely into his own mouth.
    Saying he's a hypocrite for saying one particular franchise is run down, while still working on his own, is asinine and grossly misunderstands what hypocrisy is. He's not saying "The Alien franchise is run down" while making an Alien movie. That would be hypocrisy. Nor is he saying "All sequels are stupid/pointless/whatever". That would also be hypocrisy.
    Oh boy, not this again. No one sai... you know what, forget it. Better off having a cup of tea with the aliens.

    I wouldn't say that he is a hypocrite - but I will say this, if - say - Neill Blomkamp made his Aliens movie, with Ripley, Hicks and Newt, and it was good, or looked good (he'd need to change some things, in my opinion) - Jim would quite likely throw up his hands and be like, "fine." It is quite obvious from his comments that he was referring to Blomkamp's film, he's obviously got misgivings about it.
  14. whiterabbit
    Saying he's a hypocrite for saying one particular franchise is run down, while still working on his own, is asinine and grossly misunderstands what hypocrisy is. He's not saying "The Alien franchise is run down" while making an Alien movie. That would be hypocrisy. Nor is he saying "All sequels are stupid/pointless/whatever". That would also be hypocrisy.

    I'm in the same boat. I don't see the hypocrisy. He clearly had some definite ideas for a cohesive vision for the 'Avatar' series and is going to try and do something about it. The 'Alien' films are very different. There was no one world-building vision, just lots of different people getting hired to make their own differing contributions.

    One series has a proverbial shepard in the process of steering it in a particular direction. The other never did and its integrity has suffered as a consequence.

    This is exactly why an alternative telling of the story IMO is justified (read retcon).  It's not like doing that would trample over some sacred vision of the author.  If you were to take the Harry Potter series and try to retcon a section, I'd say that's unjustified, but the Aliens series?  Anything goes (as long as it's not Alien or Aliens).  I agree with Cameron that those two films are the primary building blocks of the series.
    I know it's not a big deal but just what if that is the reason for Cameron's declaration of "including my own Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper heir to his film. I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor his film, but also say what I needed to say. After that, I don't take any responsibility." I mean it sure sounds like something is getting retcon, we all assume it's Alien³ and A|R but Ridley and Cameron are friends, what if Ridley told Cameron that he is going to retcon Aliens too?
  15. Perfect-Organism
    Saying he's a hypocrite for saying one particular franchise is run down, while still working on his own, is asinine and grossly misunderstands what hypocrisy is. He's not saying "The Alien franchise is run down" while making an Alien movie. That would be hypocrisy. Nor is he saying "All sequels are stupid/pointless/whatever". That would also be hypocrisy.

    I'm in the same boat. I don't see the hypocrisy. He clearly had some definite ideas for a cohesive vision for the 'Avatar' series and is going to try and do something about it. The 'Alien' films are very different. There was no one world-building vision, just lots of different people getting hired to make their own differing contributions.

    One series has a proverbial shepard in the process of steering it in a particular direction. The other never did and its integrity has suffered as a consequence.

    This is exactly why an alternative telling of the story IMO is justified (read retcon).  It's not like doing that would trample over some sacred vision of the author.  If you were to take the Harry Potter series and try to retcon a section, I'd say that's unjustified, but the Aliens series?  Anything goes (as long as it's not Alien or Aliens).  I agree with Cameron that those two films are the primary building blocks of the series.
  16. whiterabbit
    But that's what everyone does. Cameron isn't above the criticism because you think us "everloving f**k people" don't honestly believe he put his foot squarely into his own mouth.
    Saying he's a hypocrite for saying one particular franchise is run down, while still working on his own, is asinine and grossly misunderstands what hypocrisy is. He's not saying "The Alien franchise is run down" while making an Alien movie. That would be hypocrisy. Nor is he saying "All sequels are stupid/pointless/whatever". That would also be hypocrisy.
    Oh boy, not this again. No one sai... you know what, forget it. Better off having a cup of tea with the aliens.
  17. cliffhanger
    "James Cameron’s Notes on Mythbusters’s Titanic Episode: ‘They Are Full of S**t’"

    http://www.vulture.com/2017/01/james-cameron-titanic.html?mid=twitter_vulture

    "They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of shit."

     :D

    he's godd*mm right he is.

    i never got that stupid episode on mythbusting that scene as you completely ignore that the entire movie was factually incorrect.
    that's why cameron is right to mention he gave her a seat on the liferaft, but the dumb b*tch killed jack right there by getting off that f*cking lifeboat,
    to then stay on a floating door or whatever it was and see jack die from the cold water, only to later be rescued to board a LIFEBOAT again.
    alone, but this time, THANKS TO HER, jack's dead.

    for f*cks sake, if she stayed on that effing boat, he could have climbed himself onto a door and float untill the search party came and he'd be ALIVE.

    it's the stupidest thing to happen and its covered up by the idea that it was romantic. it was stupid and dumb.

    and then mythbusters - short of ideas - follows this dumb idea and presents a even more retarded solution without taking into account reality. tells you all about the show, really. it's not factual, it's entertainment, and then the even dumber braindead general population thinks mythbusting is scientific and then cameron gets shots fired by these nonsense, like has been done to other actors, directors, etc. from these retard episodes.

    kudos to cameron for saying it like it is. burn them.
  18. frenchfries
    i had a class tonight where Allison Gillogly Director of Development for Scott Free Productions attended for an interview and she said she saw alien covenant and said it was f@#@$king terrifying.
  19. Xenomorphine
    Saying he's a hypocrite for saying one particular franchise is run down, while still working on his own, is asinine and grossly misunderstands what hypocrisy is. He's not saying "The Alien franchise is run down" while making an Alien movie. That would be hypocrisy. Nor is he saying "All sequels are stupid/pointless/whatever". That would also be hypocrisy.

    I'm in the same boat. I don't see the hypocrisy. He clearly had some definite ideas for a cohesive vision for the 'Avatar' series and is going to try and do something about it. The 'Alien' films are very different. There was no one world-building vision, just lots of different people getting hired to make their own differing contributions.

    One series has a proverbial shepard in the process of steering it in a particular direction. The other never did and its integrity has suffered as a consequence.
  20. SiL
    But that's what everyone does. Cameron isn't above the criticism because you think us "everloving f**k people" don't honestly believe he put his foot squarely into his own mouth.
    Saying he's a hypocrite for saying one particular franchise is run down, while still working on his own, is asinine and grossly misunderstands what hypocrisy is. He's not saying "The Alien franchise is run down" while making an Alien movie. That would be hypocrisy. Nor is he saying "All sequels are stupid/pointless/whatever". That would also be hypocrisy.
  21. SuicideDoors
    What the everloving f**k is wrong with people, seriously.

    "Cameron says sequels to one series aren't necessary while making sequels to another series! LOL WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!"

    This is why I hate Internet commentary. People who can't string together a logical argument are given massive platforms to convince others that their inability to interpret information is insight.
    But that's what everyone does. Cameron isn't above the criticism because you think us "everloving f**k people" don't honestly believe he put his foot squarely into his own mouth.

    Yeah, absolutely. It's got to that point though now where it's upsetting certain people, cause we're misconstruing what James Cameron said. My fault I should never have shared another link!

    Being a hypocrite doesn't make his points invalid.

    We can buy tickets for Covenant without approving of what it represents: fan-baiting.

    Ultimately, this is true. Unless Covenant somehow ends up being supremely inventive and a cracking prequel/follow up.
  22. Protozoid
    Hypocrisy doesn't invalidate his points.

    We can buy tickets for Covenant without approving of what it represents: fan-baiting.

    It sounds like Cameron is in the same boat as any Alien fan, except that he knows Ridley personally. He is articulating the same stuff I feel, but he has to be careful about saying it in public because Ridley is a friend.
  23. whiterabbit
    What the everloving f**k is wrong with people, seriously.

    "Cameron says sequels to one series aren't necessary while making sequels to another series! LOL WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!"

    This is why I hate Internet commentary. People who can't string together a logical argument are given massive platforms to convince others that their inability to interpret information is insight.
    But that's what everyone does. Cameron isn't above the criticism because you think us "everloving f**k people" don't honestly believe he put his foot squarely into his own mouth.

    It's a moot point of discussion, really.  He answers his own question:

    "...is there any validity to doing another one now?"

    with:

    "I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating."

    I don't see the big deal.

    -Windebieste.
    Yea it isn't a big deal.
  24. NickisSmart
    It's a moot point of discussion, really.  He answers his own question:

    "...is there any validity to doing another one now?"

    with:

    "I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating."

    I don't see the big deal.

    -Windebieste.

    ^
  25. windebieste
    It's a moot point of discussion, really.  He answers his own question:

    "...is there any validity to doing another one now?"

    with:

    "I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating."

    I don't see the big deal.

    -Windebieste.
  26. Necronomicon II
    What the everloving f**k is wrong with people, seriously.

    "Cameron says sequels to one series aren't necessary while making sequels to another series! LOL WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!"

    This is why I hate Internet commentary. People who can't string together a logical argument are given massive platforms to convince others that their inability to interpret information is insight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This.
  27. SM
    I never got the point of the Cameron championed 'depth' look.  Where stuff doesn't really pop out, but the image had a 3 dimensional depth.  I've heard it works okay for stuff like IMAX where the picture is taking up your whole field of vision, but normal theatres the illusion was immediately wrecked by the edged of the screen.

    Plus, I dunno if it's because I where glasses, but those floaty flowery things in Avatar that everyone oohed and aahed about just looked like blurry blobs.

    I remember really looking forward to Phantom Menace in 3D, but apart from the opening titles, the 3D angle was just meh.  You need to have shit popping out of the screen every now and then.  No movie was ever made better by 3D.

    Except Jaws 3D.  That was f**king ace in 3D.
  28. SiL
    3D doesn't work. We keep trying, it keeps dying. 20s, 50s, 80s, ~2010s (Avatar was what, '09?). Every 30 years we drag its corpse out of the gutter, brush it off, dress it up, say it's new, and then within 10 years it's dead in a ditch again.
  29. SM
    I think he's more focused on cinema.  That aside though, George Lucas was pushing for better sound in cinemas since the 70s, but surround sound in the home didn't really get affordable till the late 90s.

    Maybe Cameron is looking for what's next.

    We have one 3D-TV and have only ever used it on its test channel.  It was nausea inducing.
  30. SiL
    What the everloving f**k is wrong with people, seriously.

    "Cameron says sequels to one series aren't necessary while making sequels to another series! LOL WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!"

    This is why I hate Internet commentary. People who can't string together a logical argument are given massive platforms to convince others that their inability to interpret information is insight.
  31. BringbackJonesy!
    To those that mentioned they haven't seen AVATAR yet, may I suggest you forget about watching the 'theatrical' version, and instead seek out the 'extended collector's edition' cut instead.

    The additional 'Future Earth' scenes make for a far, far better beginning to the movie in my opinion, and give a satisfyingly grimy juxtaposition before we get to the lush 'Pandora' planet.  I really wish that intro. hadn't been cut for the theatrical release version.
  32. SM
    How did Prometheus change the basic life cycle?

    We will have to see how Covenant advances the new ideas, but with the black goo introduced that changes everyones dna into something close to xenos and facehuggers, it seems like anyone can become half xeno just by touching, drinking of inhaling the magic goo. Through that, we already had an octopus instead of a facehugger and not a larva bursting from the host but a fully developed specimen

    Similarities in monsters doesn't change anything in the Alien life cycle though. 
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