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“I think AI is Becoming Much More Dangerous” – Ridley Scott On Future Alien Films

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.

 "I think AI is Becoming Much More Dangerous" - Ridley Scott On Future Alien Films

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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  1. Gash
    Quote from: reecebomb on Dec 23, 2017, 11:10:09 PM
    Quote from: Gash on Dec 23, 2017, 09:19:46 PM
    Quote from: reecebomb on Dec 23, 2017, 08:46:37 PM
    Quote from: Gash on Dec 23, 2017, 08:09:31 PM
    Quote from: Buttz on Dec 23, 2017, 06:08:00 PM
    Scott is has made the Alien uninteresting.

    Salvaged it from endless generic runarounds IMHO.


    Aliens, Alien 3, Alien:Resurrection? or all of them?

    Alien3 has some interesting ideas so I admire some aspects of it, all the others just rehash Alien to lesser effect.

    And Covenant or even Prometheus aren't? :D

    They touch on the familiar whilst bringing in a lot of new ideas - what decent companion films should do.
  2. reecebomb
    Quote from: Gash on Dec 23, 2017, 09:19:46 PM
    Quote from: reecebomb on Dec 23, 2017, 08:46:37 PM
    Quote from: Gash on Dec 23, 2017, 08:09:31 PM
    Quote from: Buttz on Dec 23, 2017, 06:08:00 PM
    Scott is has made the Alien uninteresting.

    Salvaged it from endless generic runarounds IMHO.


    Aliens, Alien 3, Alien:Resurrection? or all of them?

    Alien3 has some interesting ideas so I admire some aspects of it, all the others just rehash Alien to lesser effect.

    And Covenant or even Prometheus aren't? :D
  3. Daszkowski
    "There's no reason why 'Alien' should now not be on the same level for fans as 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars,'" Scott told the Toronto Sun in a recent interview. "So I think the next step as to where we go is, do we sustain the 'Alien' (series) with the evolution of the beast or do we reinvent something else? I think you need to have an evolution on this famous beast because he's the best monster ever, really."
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    That response naturally led to a question about more "Alien" movies, and Scott was unequivocal in his response. "I would like to; they're crazy if they don't," he said. "David is a fantastic villain. I love what (Michael Fassbender) did in 'Covenant.' But it's f—ing hard, dude. We lifted 'Alien' out of a ditch and made "Prometheus.'"

    http://www.indiewire.com/2017/12/ridley-scott-alien-star-wars-star-trek-1201910690/
  4. Maron
    David is going to create the biomechanoid alien and there will be no fleshy proto aliens anymore?

    Wishful thinking.


    Why would Scott care about that now? He cares about AI now, not in this Disney Land creature as he called it. This guy is going to make  it bad out of spite, because he is a mean old man.
  5. skhellter
    David gonna finally create
    the biomech alien, his perfect organism...

    and other things, too.  8)


    Gonna be good to move away from the fleshy aesthetics
    that we've had... for way too many movies now.
  6. Scorpio
    What's next ahead of you? Is it the third Alien prequel?

    That's in the works. My next film is one about the cartel.

    I was a big fan of Alien: Covenant. I feel it was one of the more misunderstood films of the year.

    Yeah, I think it was pretty good. It should have been much bigger, right? I was amazed, actually. It should have done better. It did fine, but it should have done way better. It was a good front path to the next phase. We're trying to pull away from the beast and go somewhere else with the story. There's a plan.[/i]

    https://www.gq.com/story/ridley-scott-loves-the-stress-of-filmmaking
  7. Huggs
    "The official 'chain of command' leaders always die in the Alien films.  Dallas, Gorman, Andrews, Perez, Vickers, Oram"

    Yep. Nothing get's a group of characters frightened and saying "what do we do now?" quicker than offing the one I charge.

    "I Think AI is becoming much more dangerous"

    Yes Sir, especially to the future of the Alien franchise. Sorry, I've been saving that one for way too long.
  8. Huggs
    "Andrews would've been a continually annoying obstacle.  Had someone else been got in the mess hall and Andrews lived, he still would've tried to assert his authority in combatting the Alien instead of deferring to Ripley.  Clemens probably would've been Hicks Mark II."

    Andrews definitely would've been a liability. His death was necessary for Ripley to be able to assume a leadership position, although it might be arguable that the position she took was more of a proxy through Dillon, who held the others in check and gave much needed pushes when required.

    While clemen's was a great character, his relationship with Ripley may have provided an unnecessary level of human interest at times when survival needed to take center stage. His death also was a stout twist of the blade for Ripley, as the last chance of her having any kind of close personal relationship with another human was taken. Whether this mentally played even a small role in her decision to end it all or not, it sure must have been one of the last "little" nails in the coffin.

    As far as Hicks 2 goes, I think Dillon really takes that cake. Dillon was a good parallel to Ripley, though his troubles were probably of his own making, he was a strong leader and intelligent individual who chose to fight rather than die. It's funny, sometimes when people think about the Alien movies, they think of the strong female leads. But I think it's fair to say that Parker, Hicks and Dillon had very strong Male roles in each of the films.


    I will add though, that like Parker and Dillon, Hicks should've been allowed to go down fighting. However, with the script for Alien being what it was, he would've spent that film trying to protect Ripley from the inmates and the Alien, and it would have added too much drama. I have a feeling we would've been looking at Hicks making good on that "I'll do us both" promise near the end of Alien 3.
  9. monkeylove
    Quote from: Gash on Dec 17, 2017, 11:38:14 PM
    My views on Alien3 have never changed. It starts well, it's got an interesting plot around Ripley, but essentially it's flawed because two of its major protagonists are killed off mid-film which could have added much needed character interplay in the third act. As it is the rest of the movie is an indistinct runaround interspersed with Ripley's dilemma. It's the best film of the sequels, because of Fincher's talents, but in any version it remains flawed.

    Prometheus and Covenant not so much, like them or not they have a vision that seems to me to be uncompromised, the scripts have  developed with some fluidity but they are heading in a solid direction - IMHO. No rewrites required.

    I didn't pay much attention to that flaw. What concerned me more was the dreariness of the setting. I was hoping for something set in a space station coupled with conspiracy involving the company, thus making the fourth film (and probably even subsequent ones) unnecessary.

    Prometheus is the better of the two recent films, but is flawed because of plot holes and characters doing stupid things. A:C is worse because it has similar plus jams content borrowed from the earlier films, leading to a mess. I do realize, though, the difficulty of envisioning an ancient astronaut story line that doesn't look out of place in light of the previous films.

  10. Gash
    Quote from: SM on Dec 17, 2017, 11:52:50 PM
    Clemens and Andrews are bumped off for the same reason Dallas, Apone and Gorman are taken out.  I think Ripley and Dillon's relationship turned out more interesting than the continuance of Clemens or Andrews.

    "indistinct runaround" is a pretty fair description though.

    Sure, I get that the deaths are unexpected shocks, but for me, their deaths at the hands of a creature they are not even aware exists robs the film of the more interesting characters discussing the options in their crises. In particular it might have been interesting to see how Clemens, the negligent medico, had reacted to discovering Ripley's condition. I agree that Dillon and 85 are the more interesting characters around her towards the end of the film, but if Clemens and Andrews had to accept Ripley's greater experience and had been involved and died in the runaround section, that whole sequence might have felt grander, more coherent, and far more significant within the plot. Instead Ripley takes the lead, because she's.. Ripley.

    It wasn't too much of a cliche in 1992 but killing off major characters earlier than expected is one of those 'curveball' ideas that is fairly well worn, and is done for good or bad, and in Alien3's case I feel it saps the film of potential far more than it shocks.   
  11. SM
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Dec 18, 2017, 12:22:15 AM
    I'd argue that a Clemens or Andrews continuance would've been more interesting, because characters like theirs were bumped off early in previous entries.

    Andrews would've been a continually annoying obstacle.  Had someone else been got in the mess hall and Andrews lived, he still would've tried to assert his authority in combatting the Alien instead of deferring to Ripley.  Clemens probably would've been Hicks Mark II.  Not only did Ripley have to be thrust into leadership, but she had to do it with guys who wanted to rape and murder her.  There's no support network like in Aliens.
  12. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: SM on Dec 17, 2017, 11:52:50 PM
    Clemens and Andrews are bumped off for the same reason Dallas, Apone and Gorman are taken out.  I think Ripley and Dillon's relationship turned out more interesting than the continuance of Clemens or Andrews.

    "indistinct runaround" is a pretty fair description though.

    I agree, Dillon and Ripley's dynamic through the movie is very interesting and useful to the movie itself
  13. SM
    Clemens and Andrews are bumped off for the same reason Dallas, Apone and Gorman are taken out.  I think Ripley and Dillon's relationship turned out more interesting than the continuance of Clemens or Andrews.

    "indistinct runaround" is a pretty fair description though.
  14. Gash
    Quote from: monkeylove on Dec 15, 2017, 02:45:37 AM
    Quote from: Denton Smalls on Dec 14, 2017, 10:26:21 AM
    I think it will take some time for the prequels to be fully appreciated for what they are, much like Alien 3's popularity, which was pretty low at the time of release, but has risen to cult status over time.

    It's probably because of other film versions of Alien 3. These two prequels, though, need major rewrites.

    My views on Alien3 have never changed. It starts well, it's got an interesting plot around Ripley, but essentially it's flawed because two of its major protagonists are killed off mid-film which could have added much needed character interplay in the third act. As it is the rest of the movie is an indistinct runaround interspersed with Ripley's dilemma. It's the best film of the sequels, because of Fincher's talents, but in any version it remains flawed.

    Prometheus and Covenant not so much, like them or not they have a vision that seems to me to be uncompromised, the scripts have  developed with some fluidity but they are heading in a solid direction - IMHO. No rewrites required.
  15. tleilaxu
    Quote from: Scorpio on Dec 16, 2017, 12:29:07 AM
    I agree on that.  But after watching Alien Covenant, I feel like that scene has been upstaged a little.  No image is more confronting than Shaw laid on the table severely mutilated with her innards exposed.
    I have to disagree on that, but I might be biased since Alien Resurrection is the first alien movie I can remember watching, from a VHS recording starting right before the failed clones scene. I love how they incorporated something that looked like real congenital defects, woeful asymmetry, and xenomorph and human aspects all into these beautiful horrific clones.
    Shaw looked too much like a Giger painting for me, too staged, I didn't feel too much from it.
  16. Scorpio
    I agree on that.  But after watching Alien Covenant, I feel like that scene has been upstaged a little.  No image is more confronting than Shaw laid on the table severely mutilated with her innards exposed.
  17. tleilaxu
    Quote from: Scorpio on Dec 15, 2017, 11:16:40 PM
    The failed clone scene is more emotional than "sick" (don't know what you mean by 'sick' though).  The Newborn birth scene is what I would call sick, in that it is one of the most insane pieces of creature feature cinema ever put to film.
    Nah the emotional part doesn't touch me at all, it is the pure horror and wonder of the misshapen clones themselves that leave an impression.
  18. Scorpio
    The failed clone scene is more emotional than "sick" (don't know what you mean by 'sick' though).  The Newborn birth scene is what I would call sick, in that it is one of the most insane pieces of creature feature cinema ever put to film.
  19. tleilaxu
    Quote from: Deaconschristpose on Dec 15, 2017, 08:13:51 AM
    Quote from: Biomechanoid on Dec 15, 2017, 07:25:55 AM
    "Ironically, it is when Ripley discovers that she is harboring the new Alien Queen inside her—essentially her death warrant—that she is able to pull herself together and find a certain degree of purpose in what remains of her life. These are emotional beats that are more complex than the sort that are normally found in the main character of a big-budget sequel and Weaver plays all of them beautifully—she may have been nominated for "Aliens" but her performance here is arguably better.

    Whatever one may think about "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection," they were works of vision and ambition by serious-minded filmmakers that had the misfortune to follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest films of their type and wound up to a great extent suffering from the impossibly high expectations of moviegoers."......rogerebert.com
    This is so good. Really flosses my brain from all the negative fanboy stuff.  3 is great, Res is what it is. Sigourney's reign of the character is a very special thing that definitely needs another round, whether it's Chappie or Blade Runner.  Mouse house will probably get it right.

    And I actually think Awakening might get the budget it deserves.  People needed to stop blaming Ridley and put the heat on Rupert Murdoch. Have you watched his news channel? He's captured Mick Jagger's wife!  All this Disney aquisition shit is so predictable that I bet that big layout was part of a big Hollywood plan laid out years ago.  The Xenomorph has been at MGM Studios for a long time...
    I'll say it again, Resurrection has one of the absolute sickest scenes in the franchise (the failed clones).
  20. DorkiDori
    Well, Disney announced today that it has no plans to remove the R rated Marvel films coming up, biggest of which being Deadpool. I dont see why Disney would do the same to the Alien franchise. There was a good point made about merchandising and such being limited on R rated films, however, there are already so many brands out there making toys and other "fan boy" goods from R rated series like Aliens, Terminator, Predator etc that I doubt it will have any drastic ramifications in Disneys mind to change the rating of some of the most beloved franchises around. Given the Aliens franchise has amassed such a huge following its 30 years of existence, it would be a bit of a silly thing to mess with the standard rating of the films (we all saw what happened with AvP because of it).

    I genuinely hope that Disney gets behind the Aliens franchise like it did with Star Wars. Though the Aliens franchise isnt quite as big as Star Wars, its still a lucrative and good investment choice for Disney to come in and put some money and new talent behind. Personally I believe that Disney shoudl let Scott finish out his trilogy of films, then get Neil Blomkamp back in the picture and have him make his Alien 5 film. There were A LOT of people out there (myslef included) who were VERY excited to see Blomkamps film become a reality, if nothing more to see him PROPERLY close out the Ripley storyline. It would make sense to allow Scott to finish his trilogy as well as allow for the Blomkamp Alien 5 to be made as BOTH films would tie up 2 storylines neatly and nicely... then allow for additional Aliens films to be produced that exist in the same universe, but have nothing to do with the David/Ripley storylines (much like the comic books and novels have done for decades that STILL continue to sell well to this day).
  21. Denton Smalls
    Quote from: Scorpio on Dec 15, 2017, 09:33:18 AM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Dec 15, 2017, 09:06:36 AM
    http://omegaunderground.com/2017/12/14/fox-plans-shoot-ridley-scotts-alien-awakening-next-summer/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    QuoteOmega Underground had learned that at one time Fox was eyeing a Summer 2018 shoot for Scott's Awakening and now we have more  information to support that along with Prometheus/Covenant's Mark Huffam and Scott Free's Michael Pruss named as producers.

    "At one time."


    Doesn't mean anything, until we hear confirmation it's been cancelled.  From all indications, it's still going ahead, although that could change in the future.  The change of ownership one likely reason, but I'll wait until it's confirmed.

    In the meantime, I look forward to Covenant 2.

    I'm hoping to hear more details within the next couple of months as All the Money in the World gears up for award season. Plummer is at least nominated.

    I'm sure Ridley's thoughts on Disney's acquisition of Fox will be at the forefront of most journalistic goals during that time.
  22. Still Collating...
    Even though I liked David in Covenant, I really prefer his Prometheus performance because of the subtlety. I understand we haven't seen him for 10 years and he's going a bit crazy, so of course he's changed. But that's 10 years of off screen development, so David's Covenant performance can seem a bit jarring sometimes, steering in the cartoon villain area. I do think they went a bit overboard, some more subtlety would have been nice or better yet, keep the craziness but add better, more fitting dialog. I still liked him, though more in Prometheus. I would like to see a conclusion to the character.
  23. windebieste
    Scott, please, more.  You're making ALIEN subversive.  Please please Disney, more 'PROMETHEUS' and 'ALIEN: Covenant' They are the best creation of the humanity.  David saga is the bomb!

    -Windebieste.
  24. Corporal Hicks
    It's not confirmation either way. We know Fox was definitely willing. We know Scott definitely is. But we also infer that whatever direction Scott was going with Awakening during Covenant's production is likely not the one Fox settled with, considering Snider's comments about trusting Scott to find the right direction. That implies they were still looking for it.
  25. Scorpio
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Dec 15, 2017, 09:06:36 AM
    http://omegaunderground.com/2017/12/14/fox-plans-shoot-ridley-scotts-alien-awakening-next-summer/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    QuoteOmega Underground had learned that at one time Fox was eyeing a Summer 2018 shoot for Scott's Awakening and now we have more  information to support that along with Prometheus/Covenant's Mark Huffam and Scott Free's Michael Pruss named as producers.

    "At one time."


    Doesn't mean anything, until we hear confirmation it's been cancelled.  From all indications, it's still going ahead, although that could change in the future.  The change of ownership one likely reason, but I'll wait until it's confirmed.

    In the meantime, I look forward to Covenant 2.
  26. Corporal Hicks
    http://omegaunderground.com/2017/12/14/fox-plans-shoot-ridley-scotts-alien-awakening-next-summer/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    QuoteOmega Underground had learned that at one time Fox was eyeing a Summer 2018 shoot for Scott's Awakening and now we have more  information to support that along with Prometheus/Covenant's Mark Huffam and Scott Free's Michael Pruss named as producers.

    "At one time."


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    Quote from: Alionic on Dec 15, 2017, 04:22:35 AM
    Quote from: Alionic on Dec 14, 2017, 10:52:16 PM
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Dec 14, 2017, 10:11:55 PM
    Not because of that lol.

    There were just many male performances this year that were superior than David and Walter. And if Fassbender didn't even get nominated for his superior Prometheus-David 8 performance...

    His performance was much more central to Covenant (therefore better) than Prometheus. If he were to get nominated for the David character, it would for Covenant.

    lol wut? Central = better? That's not how life works.

    You're evidently not too bright.

    How about you both tone it down and act like adults interacting with other adults in a mature fashion? I'm bored of having to remind you BSG and you've been dropping on the radar for the same reasons lately, Alionic. Can we just act like grown-up's please. It's boring when I have to make comments like this. Thanks.  :)

    Anyway, BSG isn't wrong. Though I loved Fassbender and David in both Prometheus and Covenant, central doesn't automatically equate to better.
  27. Deaconschristpose
    Quote from: Biomechanoid on Dec 15, 2017, 07:25:55 AM
    "Ironically, it is when Ripley discovers that she is harboring the new Alien Queen inside her—essentially her death warrant—that she is able to pull herself together and find a certain degree of purpose in what remains of her life. These are emotional beats that are more complex than the sort that are normally found in the main character of a big-budget sequel and Weaver plays all of them beautifully—she may have been nominated for "Aliens" but her performance here is arguably better.

    Whatever one may think about "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection," they were works of vision and ambition by serious-minded filmmakers that had the misfortune to follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest films of their type and wound up to a great extent suffering from the impossibly high expectations of moviegoers."......rogerebert.com

    This is so good. Really flosses my brain from all the negative fanboy stuff.  3 is great, Res is what it is. Sigourney's reign of the character is a very special thing that definitely needs another round, whether it's Chappie or Blade Runner.  Mouse house will probably get it right.

    And I actually think Awakening might get the budget it deserves.  People needed to stop blaming Ridley and put the heat on Rupert Murdoch. Have you watched his news channel? He's captured Mick Jagger's wife!  All this Disney aquisition shit is so predictable that I bet that big layout was part of a big Hollywood plan laid out years ago.  The Xenomorph has been at MGM Studios for a long time...
  28. Biomechanoid
    "Ironically, it is when Ripley discovers that she is harboring the new Alien Queen inside her—essentially her death warrant—that she is able to pull herself together and find a certain degree of purpose in what remains of her life. These are emotional beats that are more complex than the sort that are normally found in the main character of a big-budget sequel and Weaver plays all of them beautifully—she may have been nominated for "Aliens" but her performance here is arguably better.

    Whatever one may think about "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection," they were works of vision and ambition by serious-minded filmmakers that had the misfortune to follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest films of their type and wound up to a great extent suffering from the impossibly high expectations of moviegoers."......rogerebert.com
  29. Scorpio
    Quote from: monkeylove on Dec 15, 2017, 02:45:37 AM
    Quote from: Denton Smalls on Dec 14, 2017, 10:26:21 AM
    I think it will take some time for the prequels to be fully appreciated for what they are, much like Alien 3's popularity, which was pretty low at the time of release, but has risen to cult status over time.

    It's probably because of other film versions of Alien 3. These two prequels, though, need major rewrites.

    That's not entirely true.  Alien 3 was being re-appraised even before the Assembly Cut was released in 2003.
  30. Alionic
    Quote from: Alionic on Dec 14, 2017, 10:52:16 PM
    Quote from: BishopShouldGo on Dec 14, 2017, 10:11:55 PM
    Not because of that lol.

    There were just many male performances this year that were superior than David and Walter. And if Fassbender didn't even get nominated for his superior Prometheus-David 8 performance...

    His performance was much more central to Covenant (therefore better) than Prometheus. If he were to get nominated for the David character, it would for Covenant.

    lol wut? Central = better? That's not how life works.
    [/quote]

    You're evidently not too bright.
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