By Nick Durham
Ridley Scott is a visionary director, there’s no bullshitting about that. Look through that filmography of his: Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, etc. Oh yeah…and Alien. A while back there was news buzzing about that revealed that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was possibly going to be helming his own entry into the Alien franchise that would ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and instead be a direct sequel to Aliens.
That’s right: we’d get Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop back, and pretend that the last two Alien movies never fucking happened. This was awesome news when first revealed months ago to go along with Blomkamp’s concept art. Needless to say, even though it was probably against our better judgment, we were pretty much looking forward to it. Not to mention the fact Ridley Scott was going to be gracing us with a sequel to Prometheus as well…for some odd reason. Yes, seemed like a good time to be a fan of the Alien franchise.
Then Blomkamp’s film got thrown in the shitter because Scott and 20th Century Fox decided his film was more of a priority, and so would be all the future sequels it would birth.
Now here’s the thing: if it was any other franchise I really wouldn’t care in all honesty about any of these kind of developments. That being said, Alien is something that is near and dear to me and always will be, and I remember all the hype and hoopla surrounding Prometheus in 2012. Scott had claimed this really wasn’t a prequel to Alien, but something that takes place in the same universe rather. Well, after middling box office and reception, I guess either Scott or 20th Century Fox decided let’s get on the prequel series train right the fuck right now, hence why Prometheus 2 is now known as the fairly generic sounding Alien: Covenant.
What we have here is in my opinion Ridley Scott pissing all over his own legacy. The original Alien, as we all know, is a classic of science fiction and horror cinema. It put Scott on the map as a visionary director, and marked the beginning of one of the most beloved horror/sci-fi franchises in cinema history. The beauty of it all was that the original film is just so simple when you think about it: it’s basically a slasher movie on a spaceship with a few clever surprises and original ideas thrown in along with brilliant acting and set design. These new films, while no doubt will more than likely be sights to behold (Scott’s films are marvels of cinematography and just have a feeling of large-scale epicness) are little more than studio-pushed cash-grabs, and the fact that Scott will be in the director’s chair for them is just massively disappointing.
So yeah…can you tell I’m not looking forward to it?
If you don’t agree with anything I’ve said above, that’s fine. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. That being said, if you don’t think Ridley Scott is pissing all over his own legacy, remember one other thing: he’s also behind the unwanted, upcoming sequel to fucking Blade Runner too. Maybe we’ll get a sequel to Thelma & Louise down the road where both of them come back from the dead and try to resurrect Michael Madsen’s career.