Despite word that 20th Century Fox is rethinking the future of their Alien franchise post-Alien Covenant not turning a profit. Ridley Scott remains optimistic even though he’s suggested the franchise has run out of steam.
While speaking with Ridley Scott on the set of All The Money In The World (not clear if during reshoots or not), EntertainmentWeekly has learned that Ridley still plans to make the third installment in his David/Alien saga. Giving the impression he’s more likely to explore the threat of artificial intelligence rather than the xenomorphs.
“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.”
This sounds like a reaction to the weak Covenant and the overwhelming praise for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, which Ridley stepped-down as the director to make Covenant instead. Scott had plans to make multiple sequels stating the next film could be called Alien: Awakening, suggesting that the end of the film could hit the front-end of the original Alien. However, since the films are really about Michael Fassbender‘s David we might see that become the main focus of a sequel.
This idea is a little odd since we are suspecting that David and the Covenant will eventually become the space jockey/derelict ship. Then again, Ridley talked-up the Engineers being explored further in Covenant, only for them to be briefly touched upon and then rushed into a generic sequel. Who knows what future films will look like. That’s if Fox lets him tackle that vision or more realistically has him take more of a producing role.