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Ridley Scott Talks Alien TV Series & Box Office Reaction to Covenant

With both The Last Duel and House of Gucci due out in the next few months, the Independent recently sat down with Sir Ridley Scott to talk about a multitude of different topics including his upcoming films, what’s on the horizon for him, streaming and naturally, Alien.

They don’t talk about Alien too much, but Ridley did comment on the box office decline of Alien: Covenant compared to Prometheus, again attributing it to his belief that the Alien is “cooked.”

He refuses point blank to tell me anything about Gladiator 2 – “No! No!” he cries– but he’s more vocal about the Alien franchise, which he resurrected with 2012’s origin story Prometheus. “I never showed an alien in it” – it still made $404 million at the box office – “and the studio … said, ‘See, it didn’t do so well!’ Really?” He returned with 2017’s Alien: Covenant, “put the aliens back in there”, and the film made much less: $240m worldwide. “When you’ve got a marvellous beast, it does wear out and you have to actually think again.”

More recently Ridley Scott’s involvement with any future Alien project has been less certain, especially following the Disney buy-out. Back in 2020 Ridley Scott did say he was continuing to work on a new prequel film. When Noah Hawley’s Alien series was first announced, it was reported that FX was in talks with Sir Ridley Scott to executive produce.

 Ridley Scott Talks Alien TV Series & Box Office Reaction to Covenant

I imagine the below quote is a little tongue in cheek, but in the interview with Scott did throw a little dig about Hawley’s upcoming series.

The franchise is now being rebooted as a TV series by Noah Hawley (who successfully turned Fargo into a long-running show). Wherever they go, whatever they do, “It’ll never be as good as the first one,” he grins. “That’s what I’ll say.”

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can confirm that those talks were completed, and despite his comments above Scott is onboard as executive producer for the show. Thanks to seattle24 and whos_nick for the news.

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  1. More Scott Free
    Prometheus - great story, good characters, enough Alien references to excite die hard fans and a plot that needed to be expanded and explored in the upcoming sequels.

    Alien: Covenant - horrible story, boring and unlikeable characters, killed off Prometheus’ protagonist, more emphasis on the androids, completely ignored important questions and plot lines from the first, also included aliens.

    “See, the Alien has ran it’s course, it’s not scary anymore, that’s why it did really bad at the box office”

     ???  ???  ???

  2. bobcunk
    I liked all of the predator scenes but the rest felt off, I don't know exactly why but the editing or something. It didn't help that it was impossible to see for most of it and didnt have the budget to redesign the aliens, the new heads were fine the rest just reused the same Alien resurrection ones and you could actually see the rips and seems in some scenes. I actually liked the first one and think its enjoyable, it has good sets and special effects and doesn't feel cheap and most importantly it was probebly filmed and colour graded so you can actualy tell what's happening. One of my biggest complaints was that the predators were to bully where as one of the only positive aspects of avp-r is they got the predators right, mostly (wolf's face seems to be alot bigger than his helmet)
  3. SiL
    AvP hit at just the right time in my life and will always have a special place in my heart.

    I was 16 and old enough to be edgy and pissed off at how neutered and cheesy it felt compared to the source material. Plus the whole earth/modern day stuff, which honestly grates me harder to this day than any aesthetic choices or what rating it had.
    13, obsessed with the franchise, disappointed about the Earth setting but just stoked to see AvP happening as a movie.

    16 year old hormonal edgy pissed off SiL was AvPR.
  4. Thatguy2068
    It’s been along time since I ever saw AVP but I do remembering it to be enjoyable so I can give it that, but I also remember enjoying AVPR long ago So take my opinion with a pinch of salt
  5. SiL
    AvP hit at just the right time in my life and will always have a special place in my heart.

    I don't buy that a Scott/Cameron movie would've definitely happened if Davis had just stopped the production. Seems the kind of thing that gets talked about, hyped, but never quite comes together.
  6. Inverse Effect
    It WAS going to happen until some Fox producer told Cameron that they were already making Alien vs Predator.

    Thanks, Anderson and John Davis.
    Thanks.

    Yep indeed, for a long time I was purely apathetic towards AVP, but that crumb put me in the "f**k it" camp.

    Jimmy was mostly going to handle the writing, Ridley directing.

    First movie to be fair isn't "THAT BAD" It only until it gets to the second movie where it's just shite.
  7. Kimarhi
    I thought I remember it being half and half, with one writing and directing one movie and the other finishing the next based on what the first one did.



    Could've been fun, but I just don't believe it.  Especially knowing how those guys are.  We just got onto Scott for being a madman, but Cameron has his own hard to work with quirks. 
  8. Nightmare Asylum
    I'd imagine his reaction will be the same as when Damon Lindelof told him that AVP already did a Weyland founding figure character. ;)

    Really, though, I'd say that overlap between the two comes mostly from them both drawing on old O'Bannon concepts regarding the temple/pyramid.
  9. Kimarhi
    1. Too much fan-service ("Remember this?"  type of shit that doesn't have any reason to be in the movie apart from pleasing fans)

    Like the token Deacon scene at the end of Prometheus that adds literally nothing to the movie but pointless fan service?

    3. Flat mopey characters you don't feel anything when they die

    Like the bulk of the cast in both prequels?

    4. Story that didn't need to be told ("Who the f**k cares how they got Death Star plans ?")

    Who the f**k cares where the Alien came from? (Seriously, the mystery was so much more interesting than the clichéd, canon-breaking explanation Scott gave us.)

    So of the four points you share, all but one absolutely apply to the prequels.

    I'm not trying to dissuade you of your opinion, just playing Devil's advocate.

    Ding, ding, ding. My man has a winner.

    Prometheus could have literally been done with absolutely no ties to the Alien series and had been a better movie for it.  Instead trying to forcefeed audience more retread stuff that has been around in one form or fashion for decades.

    I mean the first 30 minutes of Prometheus is a retread of AvP.   OF AVP. 

    Scifi exploration movies are going to usually follow some kind of similar setup, but this was almost the exact same setup as a movie already existing in the same franchise. 

    I'll just leave it at that.  I think most people know of my intense dislike of Prometheus, and I don't want to continue another twenty post saying the exact same shit again. 

  10. Mr. Clemens
    Prometheus is nowhere near as well directed as Alien3.
    You can tell Ridley did a lot of first takes.

    "do you have an AGENDA, miss vickers?" [nods knowingly like he's in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace]

    "..and CUT. bloody marvelous that was. Now what's for lunch?"

    I thought I was the only one who cringes at that part.

    I always cringe at that part because at the end of the scene, Shaw and Holloway are just standing there each holding a full drink in their hands. I imagine how the rest of the scene played out:

    VICKERS: Weyland cared.

    Awkward silence.

    Sip.

    HOLLOWAY: (gesturing to piano) So… do you play, Ms. Vickers?

    VICKERS: No.

    Sip.

    Awkward silence...
  11. Kradan
    1. Too much fan-service ("Remember this?"  type of shit that doesn't have any reason to be in the movie apart from pleasing fans)

    Like the token Deacon scene at the end of Prometheus that adds literally nothing to the movie but pointless fan service?

    True, I admittedly laughed when saw that thing for the first time. But IMO Rogue One has much more of it: Vader, CGI Tarkin and Leia, two creepy guys from ANH cantina scene, Imperial Walkers etc.


    3. Flat mopey characters you don't feel anything when they die

    Like the bulk of the cast in both prequels?

    Another fair point  :D I guess, I sorta cared for Vickers, Milburn and Fifield and even, god help me, Holloway when they died. Also felt something when Janek and his crew crashed Prometheus into Juggernaut.  Out of cast of Covenant, well, I guess I felt bad for Oram

    4. Story that didn't need to be told ("Who the f**k cares how they got Death Star plans ?")

    Who the f**k cares where the Alien came from? (Seriously, the mystery was so much more interesting than the clichéd, canon-breaking explanation Scott gave us.)

    Yes, it's not necessarily story that was begging to be told. But, the way I see it, Scott at least put an interesting spin on it, tieng it to the humanity's origins and introducing themes of creationism, creation and creator, what it's to be a human ? etc. I'm among the minority that actually like  the idea of David being Alien's creator. In Rogue One we just see how rebels get Death Star plans. That's it. How interesting

    I'm not trying to dissuade you of your opinion, just playing Devil's advocate.

    No worries  ;)
  12. skhellter
    Prometheus is nowhere near as well directed as Alien3.
    You can tell Ridley did a lot of first takes.

    "do you have an AGENDA, miss vickers?" [nods knowingly like he's in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace]

    "..and CUT. bloody marvelous that was. Now what's for lunch?"
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