That Scott-Cameron-Weaver boat has sailed, I'm afraid. Cameron is involved with Avatar
and Battle Angel
(perhaps for what remains of his career as a film maker) and Scott has made it clear that he wanted to steer away from ALIEN
with the new addition(s) to the franchise. I think their plan was to pick the story up after ALIENS
(or ALIEN 3
- can't remember) ended and ignore whatever others had added to the universe.
I still can't believe 20th Century Fox handed over 2 of their most iconic franchises to a bunch of twats with so little understanding of what made the original movies work in the first place.Honestly, I think Anderson did understand.
He just wasn't good enough to do it himself.
He's right, for example, when he says that the slower builds of the first two Alien films contributed immensely to their effectiveness, but where those films built tension and unease, he has a bunch of people wandering around saying "Dafuq is this? Dafuq is that? Oh no, I'm dead!" for two thirds of the damn film. He understood the concept, he just wasn't competent enough in the work he did on the film to nail the execution.
Anderson comes across as a film maker who's basically remade the same film over and over his entire career. AvP
is almost identical to Resident Evil
and Event Horizon
in how the film looks/sounds/is edited/builds on 1-dimensional character arch types etc etc.
In that sense, I can't really blame him for how AvP
turned out - he can only make 1 kind of movie, no matter the source material given to him, I suspect. 20th Century Fox had done this with other high profile franchises - Die Hard
- handing sequel duties over to creative teams with little skill on the cheap and the results... well...
Not even gonna bother chop apart AvP:R
here, which might be the worst film I've ever watched in a movie theater. Transformers 2
was an orgasmic thunderbolt of enjoyment compared to that one.