Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant Sequel to Focus on AI Than Aliens

Posted 2017/10/06 0 0

The veteran filmmaker says he has a clear idea for the storyline to the sequel to Alien: Covenant.


As Ridley Scott is fully back in control of the series, he seems to have an incredibly unique vision for how to move the property forward. During an interview with the Empire podcast to promote Blade Runner 2049, Scott briefly laid out where he sees the next movie going. Covenant implied David is actually the one responsible for creating the Alien in the first place, so the next story would explore what a world designed by a crazed A.I. will look like.

“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.”

Anyone who’s seen Ridley Scott‘s recent Alien movies can make the argument that he really dislikes his human characters. They’re quite dumb, not particularly endearing, and are decidedly less interesting than either the extraterrestrial species that hunt them or the artificially intelligent assistants tasked with babysitting them. The franchise has a long history of androids who have been programmed with both good and bad intentions, but the most recent additions, Michael Fassbender‘s David and Walter, are the most interesting yet. In the last movie, he spent years trapped on an Engineer planet performing experiments and designing his “perfect” creature with the Xenomorph, so it would be intriguing (and downright terrifying) to see what kind of world David would create without mankind’s interference.

"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival."

Alien: Convenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Demián Bichir. Despite receiving a polarized reception from audiences, the film received generally positive reviews from critics, with many calling it a return to form for both director Ridley Scott and the franchise and praising Fassbender's dual performance.The film grossed a worldwide total of $239 million against a production budget of $97 million, but underperformed at the domestic box office.