Ridley Scott Finally Admits 'Prometheus' Was a Mistake

Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 11:18AM
Alien
Alien: Covenant
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Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 11:18AM
Ridley Scott Finally Admits 'Prometheus' Was a Mistake
Image credit: 20th Century Fox
Ridley Scott loves the Alien franchise. Not for the movies' setting, nor their usefulness as a tool to tell powerful, emotional stories about the human condition. No, at this point we're convinced that Scott has only one thing on his mind: the chance to make as much money as possible.

It's the only explanation as to why Scott has deliberately, vocally shot down plans for Alien 5 directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sigourney Weaver. It's also the reason why Scott is eager to apologize for Prometheus (claiming that the fans proved him wrong) in the same breath as announcing that he's ready to start work on another sequel in less than two years. But let's slow down for a second. Here's Scott admitting he was wrong about Prometheus:

Opening quote
"...we discovered from [Prometheus] 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'."
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Usually, after you try to turn around a franchise with a new movie, you're interested to see how it does before making more plans. Instead, the sequel to Covenant is already in the works:

Opening quote
"I'll probably be filming it within a year. 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."
Closing quote


Yes, it certainly is weird that, when given the chance to print your own money, you somehow find the strength to get a movie off the ground as quickly as possible. After all, back in March, Scott stated that "If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six". His use of the word "cranking" here doesn't exactly suggest that he's going to be putting much thought into these subsequent films—rather, it makes it sound like Scott is cynically trying to mine his previous success for all the precious nuggets of nostalgia that he can find.



All of this connects to Scott's insistence that Alien 5 is a non-starter, even though there's been no official word from Fox about the project in months, as it was ostensibly put on hold until after Scott's latest movie was out of the way. In several recent interviews, Scott has stated that the project is cancelled, as if to prove that this is the true continuation of the Alien franchise, and nothing else is coming. Either Scott doesn't want the competition, or he doesn't think anyone else can be trusted to do a good job.

Thus far, early reviews have not been overly kind to Covenant, and it's probably best to go into this expecting more of a Prometheus than an Alien—after all, the plot certainly relates more to the much maligned prequel than to any other film in the franchise.

Alien: Covenant hits US theaters on May 19th, 2017.
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