When it comes to the Alien franchise, everyone agrees that the first 2 films are the best by far. Whether Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, or Aliens, directed by James Cameron, is the superior film is objectively a matter of taste; 1979’s Alien was a straight-up horror movie while 1986’s Aliens embraces action and sci-fi elements in addition to perpetuating previously established horror tropes.
Ridley Scott has attempted to reclaim the Alien franchise with unabashed enthusiasm, but the results have elicited mixed responses. 2012’s Prometheus and this year’s Alien: Covenant are technically prequels to the Alien franchise, but many feel they do little more than dilute core-mythologies that fans and filmmakers have taken pains to maintain.
Many fans and critics (including this guy) were immensely disappointed by Alien: Covenant; after being promised answers to questions posed in Prometheus, as well as a concrete connection to the front-end of 1979’s Alien, the film offered neither. Regular readers of Horror Freak News know I’ve made my disappointment obvious, but what do other prominent fear practitioners think? Specifically, what’s James Cameron’s opinion of Alien: Covenant?
As the director of Aliens, a film that has everything to do with the enduring success of the franchise, Cameron’s opinion of Covenant should carry a lot of weight. Enter our friends at Hybrid Network who recently released the video below: James Cameron Talks Alien Covenant What Worked & What Didn’t! Have a watch/listen and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
If you can’t stream, Cameron’s thoughts have been briefly summarized below the video. Alien: Covenant arrives on Blu-ray/DVD this Tuesday.
Official Synopsis: Nick, Michael, and James dissect James Cameron’s comments regarding the newest Alien film.
In addition to comments regarding Alien: Covenant hinted that a potential 3D re-release of Aliens is in the works.
Cameron described Alien: Covenant as “beautiful” and “a fun ride”; however, he also stated: “It’s not a film I would have made,” and, “I don’t like films that invest in a character only to destroy them in the end.”
Ultimately, Cameron could not predict where Scott will be taking the Alien franchise next, but he’s willing to give the director the benefit of the doubt.
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Cameron’s comments were printed in their entirety on Uproxx.com:
I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful. I love Ridley’s films and I love his filmmaking, I love the beauty of the photography, I love the visceral sense that you’re there, that you’re present. It’s not a film that I would have made. I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end. I would not have made that film. I can’t comment on where Ridley is going with it but I think he is obviously trying to create a greater universe around it and more backstory with the Engineers and so on. I’ll show up for the next one, absolutely.
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.