Alien: Covenant Director Ridley Scott Thinks Xenomorph 'Has Almost Run Out'

Posted 2017/11/04 2103 0

Ridley Scott feels the creature has run out of steam.


Despite directing a number of Alien movies, including this year’s Alien: Covenant, it looks like acclaimed director Ridley Scott is tired of the Xenomorph. While speaking during a round-table interview with THR about his decision to direct Alien: Covenant, as opposed to Blade Runner 2049, Ridley Scott seems to indicate that the future of the Alien franchise may leave the xenomorph behind. Here's what he had to say:

"It was a crossfire of too much business. I'm doing a lot of TV and films, there are six films going out this year. I figured it was a good piece of business to follow through Prometheus, which, from ground zero, had good lift-off. So we went to Covenant to perpetuate the idea and [revive] the franchise of the Alien. I think the beast has almost run out, personally. [On 2049] You've got to come in with something else, you've got to replace that. And on Blade Runner, I think Denis was a fantastic choice."

Alien: Covenant was met with very mixed reviews from both fans and critics, but the more important factor here is box office. The movie made just $240.7 million worldwide working from a reported $97 million production budget. However, during a roundtable conversation at SXSW earlier this year, Ridley Scott said he'd like to keep the Alien franchise going forever.

"Well I think this is so, dare I say clever and violent and everything you kind of want. I think it's a cut above what's come before. And therefore we leave all kinds of things open for the next one. Just see how you go. I mean, I enjoy doing them so much. Honestly, I'd like to keep it going forever."

Scott said previously that the movie could shoot next year and, recently, said that the movie will focus more on A.I., like Michael Fassbender's David, as opposed to the Xenomorphs.

"I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, 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."