Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott thinks his fan-favorite Alien franchise needs to leave out the xenomorphs in future installments. The iconic antagonist was featured in his most recent entry in the series, which he returned to direct, Alien: Covenant.
Speaking in a new roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Scott expressed his disinterest in revisiting the series' classic alien species. "We went to Covenant to perpetuate the idea and re-evolve the universe of the alien, who — I think the beast has almost run out, personally," Scott said. "You’ve got to come in with something else. You’ve got to replace that."
He added, "And so I was right, I was ahead of the game," likely referring to the negative-to-mixed reception to his Prometheus sequel, which chose to center around the infamous beast, yet again.
Scott has expressed this kind of sentiment already, having noted on the Empire Film podcast, “I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over." He continued, "But what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
Asked about a follow-up to Covenant early this year, Scott said "I’ll probably be filming it within a year,” adding that scribe John Logan had already given him a script for a direct sequel he plans to shoot after he finishes All the Money In The World and The Cartel.
Delving a bit further into when the film might begin development, Scott revealed “It’ll be out within a year and nine months. It’s weird when you’re writing, doing, planning, thinking about franchises, it’s amazing how it opens up and starts to evolve.” Declining to divulge a title for the project, Scott did tease he might make “maybe two more [films], or maybe one more.”
Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and Benjamin Rigby, Alien: Covenant was made on a production budget of $97 million, and earned over $240.7 million at the worldwide box office. By comparison, Prometheus earned a whopping $403.3 million internationally.