Alien: Covenant, the newest chapter of the Alien film franchise will hit theaters in just a few short weeks. In that time we are likely to see a lot more clips and learn a little bit more about the franchise itself.
Among those things we are learning, director Ridley Scott admits that he made a few mistakes in Prometheus. Also, when the next film starts production. And that’s not all. Fox has also released a new clip, that just reinforces my absolute fear in the idea of facehuggers. Check it all out below.
Let’s start with when the next Alien film could start production. Scott spoke to IGN about some of the unconnected dots and explained that’s why he keeps making these films. “We’re writing [a sequel] now, as we speak. I’ll be filming that within 14 months.” While some mysteries are better off staying that way, fans are obviously itching to find out the answers to these questions, and Scott is happy to give it to them.
However, Scott quickly backtracked on his comments in another interview with Yahoo, and even indicated that there might not be that much left in the tank: “I don’t know. [I’ll make] maybe two more [films], or maybe one more, I don’t know.”
It’s not exactly clear if he means one or two more Alien films, or just films in general. My thoughts are on the former. For one thing, Prometheus received mixed to negative reviews, and it is pretty much the same for Alien: Covenant based on what I have been reading and hearing about the sequel. So it should be interesting to see where the franchise goes after the film is released.
Next up, Ridley admitting that he made a few mistakes with Prometheus. Rarely does a filmmaker ever get so candid about owning up to making mistakes in a film. I was in the “I hated it” camp when it came to the movie. Honestly, the characters go through a giant exercise in stupidity. And while it wasn’t entirely Scott’s fault, he recognizes some of those frustrations fans may have had about the film:
“…we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong. The fans, in a funny kind of way — they’re not the final word — but they are the reflection of your doubts about something, and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take [the fans’ reaction] into account.”
Obviously, fan input is very important, but it shouldn’t be a huge influence on a writer or director’s creativity. That being said, at least Scott is willing to learn from those criticisms and mistakes.
Finally, we have a clip of Alien: Covenant. Normally, I do not care for them, as they can sometimes be a bit too spoilery. That being said, anything with a facehugger in it terrifies me. So I thought I’d share that with you. Now there’s really no point in breaking this clip down, as you may know when one encounters a facehugger, it doesn’t end well. So as Uli Latukefu and Demian Bichir investigate a dark room, they soon discover that they aren’t the only living things down there.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.