Ridley Scott Wants to Make Alien Movies For Disney

01/08/2018

"It's crazy not to do something with it."

 

Talking to Digital Spy in new interview, Sir Ridley Scott spoke about the Alien franchise, which has been in doubt ever since Alien: Covenant was released. Despite that, Scott wants to do at least one more movie to round out his prequel trilogy, which was originally going to be shooting this year. However, Fox decided to pump the brakes once Covenant bombed and, with the Disney/Fox merger set to go into effect in about a year, that means, the Alien: Covenant sequel, and the franchise overall, may be finished. Here's what Scott had to say about the sci-fi thriller's ability to keep moving forward.

"It looks to me that the Fox deal is certainly going to go ahead with Disney, and I've been with Fox for a number years now. I'm hoping I'll still probably be there so whether or not they go ahead with such a dark subject, being Disney, as aliens remains to be seen. I think they should because I think, when people have a hard and fast franchise which has ongoing interest, it's crazy not to do something with it."

Scott seems optimistic, though he also admits that is unlikely the series will continue under Disney’s banner given the company’s focus on family entertainment. The Alien films, by contrast, are notorious for their violent and disturbing content and for being about as far from family friendly as it is possible to get. Despite this, Scott praised the company’s business acumen.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s very good for Disney. Of all the studios they’re far ahead of their game for having a prepared, thought through demographic for the kind of films they’re making – for who they’re making them for. That’s why they’re so successful. And they draw the line at anything that crosses PG-13… [If] they find that they’re so successful with that that they want to cross the line and do something a little darker, and if they do that, do they want to do that under Disney or do they want to do that under the Fox banner? I think there’s a business plan afoot definitely.”

As for what direction the next Alien movie could go in, the director continued: "I'm in tune with where Covenant 2 would go. We already know what we'd do with that.

"You've got to have a fundamental platform and target where you would take it. It's a bit like having the skeleton before the meat goes on."