What I like about Ridley is that he's pushing for it, and he has power. How much is hard to say but the old man has plans and he's pushing forward with those in mind. He's getting shit done. You could argue it's all bluster at this stage and he's just keeping up in appearances, fiddling while Rome burns, but honestly Covenant, while underwhelming in the eyes of many, has done relatively well, across the board, given its budget and the kind of film that it is. It's by no means a box office smash, but it's hardly the fall of an empire, either. At this stage, I think the old man's just sticking to his guns, like he has, all long. If he was truly worried, I think we'd know it, by now, but he doesn't seem to even be sweating it. Maybe because there's nothing to sweat?
Call me nuts if you want but I say Ridley knows exactly what he's doing.