In a new article from Entertainment Weekly, Sir Ridley Scott has made some new comments about what direction he sees future Alien films going in. As well as confirming that he is still working on another Alien film, Scott re-affirms some of his recent comments about the shift of focus towards artificial intelligence in the films.
“We are [going to make another], we are,” Scott told EW from the set of All the Money in the World. “I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff.” Say what? Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which came out earlier this year, felt like a return to some legit old-school scares but failed to set the domestic box office ablaze (though, combined with international sales, it ended with north of $240 million in ticket revenue). “People say, ‘You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,’ so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”
Since Covenant’s release, Scott has since started to say these things of thing again. Scott most recently commented that he thought “the beast has almost run out“ and prior to this he also spoke about how he thought the focus would shift more onto artificial intelligence.
While it’s unclear if these particular comments came during principal photography on All The Money In the World or during the recent reshoots, Scott’s latest film is due for release later this month so Scott will soon be making the promotional rounds so we may start to hear a little bit more about what progress has been made on the sequel to Alien: Covenant.
Back in September, 20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider also spoke about the future of the Alien series, saying that she “trust[ed] Ridley [Scott] and Emma [Watts] to know the right story when they find it. When universes are as rich as “Alien,” they can stay in a too familiar groove — in which case you’re in trouble — but they can also find a planet or a storyline or a villain that also lives in that universe that can be groundbreaking.”
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