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Alien Franchise as Beloved as Star Wars & Star Trek?
Posted on 1st January, 2018 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
Ridley Scott Thinks So…
The Alien franchise is one that I hold close to my heart, having grown-up watching both Ridley Scott‘s iconic 1979 original; Alien, and James Cameron‘s superb 1986 sequel; Aliens.
I love the first two instalments of the series, and I’m not ashamed to say; that I quite like David Fincher‘s divisive third instalment – although I do agree, it was a step backwards for the franchise overall.
The fourth one, Resurrection? That was terrible, having been left in the hands of a director who clearly didn’t understand that the Alien is about suspense, terror and that foreboding threat. Not, excessive gore and cheesy acting.
Prometheus was an okay entry, and Covenant improved on that, but still left me feeling like something was missing.
Evolving the Beast
Director Ridley Scott recently told the Toronto Sun that:
“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars,”
Now, I agree with this. The Alien franchise has huge potential to be as popular as the likes of Star Trek or Star Wars.
But, I also believe that in order for it to thrive and evolve into the loved, expansive series that it deserves to be, then Ridley needs to let other directors explore the universe. *cough* Neil Blomkamp *cough* Alien 5…
Ridley continued, saying:
“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?”
Evolving the beast is what is needed next, rather than reinvent something else.
But, Ridley Scott hinting at “reinventing” the franchise comes as no surprise at all.
Several times over the past few years he has stated that he wants to move away from the Xenomorph, and explore other things within that universe.
Prometheus was more focused on the god-like ‘Engineers‘, simply touching on the origin of the iconic dual-mouthed beast. After the film released he stated that he wanted to explore the Engineers and forgot the Xenomorph altogether.
The only reason we got Alien: Covenant; with a focus on the Xeno once again, was because of the hype-train that exploded into the stratosphere with Neil Blomkamp‘s concept art for Alien 5.
Since Alien: Covenant released, the director has once again hinted at leaving the beast behind, explaining that he wants the next sequel to focus more on the androids and A.I.
For me; if Ridley has cold-feet, then he should step aside and let someone else take the reins.
That said, Ridley Scott did add…
“I think you need to have an evolution on this famous beast because he’s the best monster ever, really.”
…so he clearly still has some belief in the iconic villain and that the Xenomorph should be here to stay.
Alien Fatigue or a Fresh Start?
Did you enjoy Alien: Covenant; Ridley Scott‘s latest instalment in the franchise?
Would you like to see a continuation of the Prometheus/Covenant story-line, or would you rather Disney thaw-out Neil Blomkamp‘s Alien 5 sequel, that has been in cryo-stasis for the past couple of years?
Or – dare I say it – would you rather Disney started the franchise from scratch, with an entirely new cast and a fresh take on the terrifying Xenomorph?
For me, if they did that; I’d feel very much like the late, great Bill Paxton‘s legendary marine with a mouth; Hudson…
Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.
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