Star Wars is arguably the most defining sci-fi film from the 1970s, and it has gone on to set the benchmarks for intergalactic adventures in the movie world, and its hold is intact even today. Another, iconic sci-fi film from the decade was Alien, helmed by Ridley Scott, and the film exploited the horrors associated with being isolated in the space with a frightening alien threat lurking in the shadows. Scott recently shared his opinion on the best way to keep his franchise thriving and said he wants it to be as epic as Star Wars and Star Trek.
“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars,” Scott mentioned to Toronto Sun. “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.”
Earlier, Scott came back to his franchise to make Alien: Covenant, which received mixed reactions from the audiences. Fans who had anticipated to see the class of horror that the original movie had shown, were left unsatisfied, while the director focused more on topics related to AI. The tonal shift was similar to some of the themes he touched in Blade Runner, and that made Covenant an appealing prospect for a section of the audience.
Star Wars has now become a brand that is stronger than ever, and several episodes are under development, without any directors associated, which offers Scott a chance to create an adaptation. Although he has sci-fi credentials, he appears to be disinterested in helming a movie based in the galaxy far, far away.
“No, no. I’m too dangerous for that,” Scott told Vulture regarding his prospects of making a Star Wars movie.
Disney has recently shown a trend, which it has applied to Lucasfilm and MCU, and that is to rope in young directors who have achieved fame with smaller budget movies to exhibit their movie making skills on a bigger scale. Scott said that he has a vast movie making experience of several decades and that would be a hindrance in his undertaking the venture.
“Because I know what I’m doing [Laughs],” Scott explained the reason why he won’t do it. “I think they like to be in control, and I like to be in control myself. When you get a guy who’s done a low-budget movie, and you suddenly give him $180 million, it makes no sense whatsoever. It’s f*ckin’ stupid. You know what the reshoots cost?”
You will have to stay tuned to find out more about any Alien: Covenant sequel.