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“Who, Why, and For What Purpose?” – Ridley Scott Still Interested In More Alien

Following Alien’s defeat of Star Wars in week 4 of LA Time’s Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown, Sir Ridley Scott discussed his work on Alien with the newspaper. And tucked away at the bottom of the interview was another expression of interest in Scott’s desire to continue making Alien films.

“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in ‘Alien,’ but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve. What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question — who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”

“You can see them wink the other eye at the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo.” Sir Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant. Photo by Matt Thorne.

Though he explored the Space Jockeys in Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant answered the “who” of the Alien’s creation, it would seem Scott is currently interested in exploring the “purpose” of the Aliens if and when he returns to the series.

When Scott last spoke about the sequel, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in celebration of Alien’s big 4-0 last May, he again reiterated his desire for the Alien (both series, and creature) to evolve.

Ruminating on the immediate future of the Alien franchise, now that Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox, Scott confirms that there are discussions for future installments, but warns that if the basic premise of “the beast” does not evolve like the Xenomorph itself, the “joke” gets old.

“You get to the point when you say, ‘Okay, it’s dead in the water,’” he says. “I think Alien vs. Predator was a daft idea. And I’m not sure it did very well or not, I don’t know. But it somehow brought down the beast. And I said to them, ‘Listen, you can resurrect this, but we have to go back to scratch and go to a prequel, if you like.’ So we go to Prometheus, which was not bad actually. But you know, there’s no alien in it, except the baby at the end that showed, itself, the possibility. I mean, it had the silhouette of an alien, right? The alien [origin concept] is uniquely attached to Mother Nature. It simply comes off a wood beetle that will lay eggs inside some unsuspecting insect. And in so doing, the form of the egg will become the host for this new creature. That’s hideous. But that was what it was. And you can’t keep repeating that because the joke gets boring.”

You can watch the full hour long interview with Scott over on the Los Angles Times YouTube channel!

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  1. RidleyScott99
    Ridley Scott is 83 this year. How many more movies are left in him, let along good one's?

    That's a fair old age to be directing big budget movies. Is there anyone older currently active?

    I really don't think he has juice left in the tank for these films. We shouldn't have to settle for him when there's many people to choose from He's had an amazing career but folk need to let him go because he's not the best man for the job IMO.

    It's amazing what Clint Eastwood (90) has been doing, the latest being 2019's Richard Jewell - a really good movie. But then again, it's not big budget.
    There is no one like Ridley Scott. And he was 77 years old when he Directed THE MARTIAN. And he was 80 years old when he Directed ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. So, he is the first in human history Directing huge movies at his old age.
  2. Perfect-Organism
    Yeah, check my earlier post Perfect-Organism.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=63871.msg2469591#msg2469591

    I totally missed that memo!  Wow.  If it is a legitimate plot point, I’m ok with it.  I seriously thought Fox didn’t want to pay additional royalties to Giger’s estate.

    But it will mean that David creates the Aliens in totality.  Hmm.  Unless that’s why the engineer tried to kill David, because robots created Aliens in the past and engineers already fought them.  Maybe that’s what David meant when he said he learned of their ways.  A stretch.  I know.
  3. Nightmare Asylum
    A sexually repressed A.I. making penis rape monsters from shoggoths is the most awesome, Giger af direction for the franchise to go. Period.

    It’s actually hard to argue with that.  If only the Giger aesthetic were employed as well, one could justify David being the creator... almost

    To be fair, the lack of "mechanical" components on Covenant's Alien is an intentional plot point; David's creation isn't finalized yet.
  4. Nekro2version2
    A sexually repressed A.I. making penis rape monsters from shoggoths is the most awesome, Giger af direction for the franchise to go. Period.
  5. Voodoo Magic
    Ridley Scott is 83 this year. How many more movies are left in him, let along good one's?

    That's a fair old age to be directing big budget movies. Is there anyone older currently active?

    I really don't think he has juice left in the tank for these films. We shouldn't have to settle for him when there's many people to choose from He's had an amazing career but folk need to let him go because he's not the best man for the job IMO.

    It's amazing what Clint Eastwood (90) has been doing, the latest being 2019's Richard Jewell - a really good movie. But then again, it's not big budget.
  6. Morse
    Ridley Scott is 83 this year. How many more movies are left in him, let along good one's?

    That's a fair old age to be directing big budget movies. Is there anyone older currently active?

    I really don't think he has juice left in the tank for these films. We shouldn't have to settle for him when there's many people to choose from He's had an amazing career but folk need to let him go because he's not the best man for the job IMO.
  7. RidleyScott99
    I hope and pray for: THE LAST DUEL in 2020. GUCCI in 2021. ALIEN: AWAKENING in 2022. After that, Ridley Scott could make 3 Huge movies. I hope and pray Ridley Scott Directs 6 huges movies before he dies.
  8. Perfect-Organism
    Yeah, that could work.

    But, I’m not inclined with him having anything to do with the derelict on LV-426.  If that ship has not been there for thousands of years, it’s a retcon of one of the best elements of the series.
  9. razeak
    I would be happy if we can just say he put his stamp on the recipe, while keeping the ancient, Lovecraftian mystery surrounding the original.

    The themes introduced in the prequels are fascinating, even if I have my complaints with the packaging. It can all coexist.
  10. Perfect-Organism
    As for David the creator, I agree that it lessens the mystery that I loved in Alien. But I appreciate how it enriches the whole concept thematically. The Alien coming from the imagination of a perverted, deranged AI feels totally appropriate for a rapey creature that violates the human body in every way it can, while being perfectly efficient at what it's meant for. It's the equal AI. It fits with Giger's disturbing visuals and neatly ties into Ash's behaviour in the original. It helps that David is a good character, played wonderfully by Fassbender.

    I feel the same. On the one hand, I hate the apparent killing of the ancient Lovecraftian elements of the Alien. Can that be resurrected with the accelerant? Maybe! But until then...the making of the Alien as we know it a recent creation is something I really dislike about the prequels.

    However, I truly love the thematic elements it introduces. That it was specifically designed by David as a perversion of reproduction that he wants, but cannot do, I think is really fascinating. I love it! It's a film that really has me on both ends of the stick.

    That about describes my feelings on the films as well.  I think the best way to resolve this is for it to turn out that David duplicated what already existed, and through the same fault in his logic that allowed him to attribute the credit for a poem to the wrong author, he felt that he created the aliens.
  11. SpaceKase
    I feel the same. On the one hand, I hate the apparent killing of the ancient Lovecraftian elements of the Alien. Can that be resurrected with the accelerant? Maybe! [...]

    I mean, where do you think the engineers got that crazy goo? Once your arcane science advances far enough to start tearing rifts in spacetime, you never quite know what your race will find in those dark and membranous voids between dimension. It might just be something that could seriously f**k up one's perfect composure; and maybe, just maybe, it's something that will blow your culture's damn mind in the process.

    I say long live that new flesh.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    As for David the creator, I agree that it lessens the mystery that I loved in Alien. But I appreciate how it enriches the whole concept thematically. The Alien coming from the imagination of a perverted, deranged AI feels totally appropriate for a rapey creature that violates the human body in every way it can, while being perfectly efficient at what it's meant for. It's the equal AI. It fits with Giger's disturbing visuals and neatly ties into Ash's behaviour in the original. It helps that David is a good character, played wonderfully by Fassbender.

    I feel the same. On the one hand, I hate the apparent killing of the ancient Lovecraftian elements of the Alien. Can that be resurrected with the accelerant? Maybe! But until then...the making of the Alien as we know it a recent creation is something I really dislike about the prequels.

    However, I truly love the thematic elements it introduces. That it was specifically designed by David as a perversion of reproduction that he wants, but cannot do, I think is really fascinating. I love it! It's a film that really has me on both ends of the stick.
  13. SpaceKase
    i wouldn't say no to that, but if we're dreaming, denis villeneuve please

    Word!! Right? But I don't know, Denis' stuff is gorgeous and amazing, but a bit too stark sometimes. I'm an unabashed fan of that 70's Métal hurlant aesthetic, highly stylized like "Mandy", or the "Color Out of Space". I'm such a sucker for the fearless artistic diversity of some of the earliest Dark Horse stuff.

    The powers that be need to stop banking of massively funded tentpoles and meet somewhere beautifully half way in between the bank-breaking budgets of Hollywood style blockbusters and the modestly funded fan films that came out of the 40th Anniversary shorts. Do a series of Fox Searchlight style artsy takes that explore bold and different visions on indie film production budgets flush in the kind of diversity of storytelling that Dark Horse embraced. You might get some duds, but you're bound to get some absolute gems as well.

    If y'all haven't checked it out, take a peek at Blood Engines, I've only seen one ep so far, but it's the perfect vibe for that 70's Space Truckin' junkie in your family. Straight up Classic Heavy Metal style. Less on the Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and more on the 300 or Fury Road style side.
  14. [cancerblack]
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.

    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.

    I just think they could've put a bit more thought into it than, "the bad guy did it".

    They did, but I'll never convince you, so f**k it.

    Doesn't the strife that it generates in the fandom feed and sustain you like the sweetest of wines?



    Yeah but I'm also not going to put much energy into my own contributions if I can just bait Necro or NA into writing an essay for me.
  15. D88M
    I want him to end his trilogy and i want good Alien, Predator, and Alien Versus Predator movies, the franchises have lots of potential but they do nothing with it.
  16. Local Trouble
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.

    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.

    I just think they could've put a bit more thought into it than, "the bad guy did it".

    They did, but I'll never convince you, so f**k it.

    Doesn't the strife that it generates in the fandom feed and sustain you like the sweetest of wines?
  17. Mr.Turok
    Everybody can't always agree on everything. The world would be boring as hell if we did. For me, the movies have fallen short in crucial areas. If they haven't for you, that's great. It means there are two more alien movies you enjoy more than I can.

    Painful in a way cuz how I would love to talk about Prometheus and Covenant the same way we do about Alien and Aliens. Unfortunately, Prometheus and Covenant were weak movies with Covenant being the weakest of them all. Just thinking about the beginning of Covenant itself pissess me off, like experts on your respective fields but forget all safety precautions and years of study cuz plot reasons.....please stop with the movies being disrespectful to human intelligence, I hate how these characters are written for the sake of story convince.
  18. Necronomicon II
    To quote Ernst Fuchs on Giger, "He's the archaeologist of the future. He is the reporter."

    Giger's aesthetic isn't so much predicated on the unknown but the erotic and metamorphic transfiguration of sex, death and machines. His eyes were on the horizon. Thus thematically, the beast being moulded by the sexual nightmare visions of an A.I. is entirely consistent with his vision and aesthetic. The eggs are too explicitly labial to be completely foreign, Giger used human fingers for the huggers (he found human fingers particularly creepy), not to mention parasites and hosts require a history of intimacy/co-evolution; ET does not simply recognise mammal proteins and bind successfully to cell surfaces, thwart the immune system and provide oxygen haphazardly  :laugh:

    All David did was sexualise a shoggoth, origins of the shoggoth unknown. It's bold, provocative. It's A.I. repressed sexuality fusing with alien biology baby.  :-*

    It's lazier just to repeat Planet of the Vampires tbh...  ;D :laugh: ;D :o ;D *drops mic*
  19. Capt.Dallas at Thedus
    This Too Shall Pass-Sir Ridley Scott:)Thank Christ Someone can kick some optimism in the midst of this diabolical event,God Bless&Always Be Well,Mr.Scott:)
  20. [cancerblack]
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.


    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.

    I just think they could've put a bit more thought into it than, "the bad guy did it".


    They did, but I'll never convince you, so f**k it.


    Everybody can't always agree on everything. The world would be boring as hell if we did. For me, the movies have fallen short in crucial areas. If they haven't for you, that's great. It means there are two more alien movies you enjoy more than I can.


    I'm not trying to convince you to like anything. I'm saying it wasn't lazy or vapid.
  21. Huggs
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.


    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.

    I just think they could've put a bit more thought into it than, "the bad guy did it".


    They did, but I'll never convince you, so f**k it.


    Everybody can't always agree on everything. The world would be boring as hell if we did. For me, the movies have fallen short in crucial areas. If they haven't for you, that's great. It means there are two more alien movies you enjoy more than I can.
  22. StrangeShape
    Well, these prequels aren't really interesting to me. They feel very contemporary scifi. I cant say theyre bad or that I dislike them, they just dont grab me above a single viewing. Having seen them both since Covenant hit theaters. Of course, like to most others, the idea of David creating the alien and Space Jockeys being what they are as oppose to being some gruesome fusion of tech and body repulsed me and ruined the whole terror/unknown aspect of the first film. But thats all behind us. But I never ever liked the David character, always reminded me some Monty Python character in Prometheus, I dont know why, maybe it was his bad C3PO expression. I was annoyed by the character so you can guess my reaction to Covenant being all him and putting him in the center of the alien mythology.

    Everybody likes what they like, for me THE meat of alien mythos is the story of Ripley, beginning with Ridley Scotts terrific very good looking film ending with Ripleys death in Fincher's nihlistic and also very well shot Alien 3. But despite prequel's whacky ideas that I so dislike, they dont offend me as much as Resurrection

    Many seem to attribute the alien mythos to Scott, neglecting credit to Dan Obannon and Giger, who were equally as crucial to the first film and the creation of this thing as Scott was. Scott isnt the father of Alien, he is one of the fathers.
  23. [cancerblack]
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.


    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.

    I just think they could've put a bit more thought into it than, "the bad guy did it".


    They did, but I'll never convince you, so f**k it.
  24. Huggs
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.


    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.

    I just think they could've put a bit more thought into it than, "the bad guy did it".

    Of course, we're dealing with a storyline that's already turned the space jockey into the jesus brothers, scientists that cant think straight, and one of the most foreseeable plot twists in recent memory.

    The prequels are like two shiny dildos. They look clean, but still smell like @$$.
  25. [cancerblack]
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.


    No, it just goes against the grain of what you wanted. It's not cheap, lazy or redundant at all.




    Perhaps remnants of some ancient creature that somehow fused with the pathogen, who knows.

    Or that the pathogen was derived from. Blood of the gods and all that.
  26. Evanus
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.

    The raw materials are still entirely otherworldly, however, and the Alien has clearly existed in other forms before David ever laid a finger on it. Prometheus and Alien: Covenant both reinforce this. The Pathogen's origins are still entirely unknown. Is it a naturally occurring substance? Did the Engineers make it? What else is it capable of? Nobody knows. Creatures in Prometheus that David was in no way responsible for had traits entirely evocative of the Alien.

    The particular incarnation of the Alien that we are most familiar with, the "Perfect Organism" designed as David's antitheses to humanity, being the work of his own hands strikes me as a rather profound and interesting exploration of his character.
    Totally.

    I like how the pathogen produces creatures vaguely similar to the Xenomorphs, only the key features present. Elongated skull, inner mouth, acid for blood. Perhaps remnants of some ancient creature that somehow fused with the pathogen, who knows.
  27. Nightmare Asylum
    Making David the creator of the alien means that it is simply a proxy creation of humanity. It was made by something that we made.

    That is cheap, lazy and redundant.

    The raw materials are still entirely otherworldly, however, and the Alien has clearly existed in other forms before David ever laid a finger on it. Prometheus and Alien: Covenant both reinforce this. The Pathogen's origins are still entirely unknown. Is it a naturally occurring substance? Did the Engineers make it? What else is it capable of? Nobody knows. Creatures in Prometheus that David was in no way responsible for had traits entirely evocative of the Alien.

    The particular incarnation of the Alien that we are most familiar with, the "Perfect Organism" designed as David's antitheses to humanity, being the work of his own hands strikes me as a rather profound and interesting exploration of his character.
  28. 426Buddy
    Ridley has no obligation to stick around if he doesn't have any interest. He clearly does–his interest just doesn't align with the interests of some groups of fans.
    You mean majority of fans and movie goers.
    Very doubtful.
    How so? I recall the voting from here coming to the conclusion Covenant was at max a 6, which isn't good
    Casual movie goers also didn't like the movie much, and from a boxoffice standpoint, Covenant did a bit over half of what Prometheus did
    That's also not mentioning how turning the Alien into the child of a sexually frustrated robot is a direct downgrade of it's earlier vague origins

    You can go to the covenant fan reviews thread and the poll results clearly say differently.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=57277.0
    55% of voters found it good and 45% found it average, so no it doesn't say that much differently.



    You're either twisting the poll results because you can't admit when you're wrong or you're not much of a numbers/stats guy.

    Either way, lol.

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