In an attempt to reclaim the property he launched in 1979, Ridley Scott may have essentially destroyed the existing Alien franchise. Fans who felt burned by Prometheus’s lack of concrete connections to the original storyline were incensed when Covenant drifted further from the franchise’s core mythology, in spite of being assured we’d finally get a concrete tie-in to Ripley’s story. Fool us one, shame on you; fool us twice: Fuck you, Ridley Scott.
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Those thinking I’m disgruntled, living in the past, and/or afraid of change need to look at the reality of the situation: Alien: Covenant was one of the most anticipated genre offerings of 2017, and it absolutely stank. Scott meandered so far from the roots of the franchise, convoluting a concise and terrifying storyline to the point of muddy putrescence.
In the lead-up to Covenant’s hotly anticipated release, Scott talked about a desire to make as many as 6 new Alien movies, with installments continuing the prequel saga and potentially picking up again after 1979’s Alien, re-writing the canon created by James Cameron and David Fincher. Thankfully, he may never get the chance.
Per Alien-Covenant.com, Fox is wisely reassessing the future of the Alien franchise with a mind towards starting from scratch in a future timeline long after the events of Alien: Resurrection. CEO Steve Weintraub told Collider at San Diego Comic-Con:
“I think the original plan was after Covenant, assuming it was going to be a box office hit, that they were gonna make one more movie that connected to the original Alien. Then after that they were gonna jump, I heard, into the future, past all the movies we’ve known into sort of like, a new timeline so you could start again, with new characters, new predicaments, whatever it may be and start these movies at maybe a lower budget and basically continue doing Alien movies but not worry about David (Michael Fassbender) and all the other stuff.”
You can check out the entire video interview below.
What do you think of Fox’s plans to scrap the prequel storyline and reboot Alien in the distant future? Do you agree Ridley Scott may have doomed the franchise? Sound off in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.