Alien Covenant airs tonight on CStar. This is the opportunity to ask the question: will we be entitled to a sequel? Nothing is less sure !
Released in May 2017, Alien Covenant was a pretty resounding commercial failure. Ridley Scott’s film, with a budget of around $ 100 million, only grossed $ 240 million greenbacks at the global box office.
THE ALIEN LOSES ITS BIT
If he had revolutionized the genre in 1979 with the first Alien, it is clear that the filmmaker failed to captivate viewers again. Logically, the British put aside his ambitions to extend the saga.
After Covenant, Ridley Scott set off on something else entirely, currently filming House of Gucci, a biopic dedicated to the famous Italian businessman murdered in 1995. He will then move on to Kitbag, a feature film centered on Napoleon Bonaparte, with Joaquin Phoenix in the role of the Emperor.
However, before making a 180-degree turn, the director assured in October 2017 that he was going to tackle the result of Covenant:
“I think I’m almost done with the evolution of the Alien itself, but what I was trying to do was transcend all of that and go on to another story, centered around Artificial Intelligence. The world that is. ‘Artificial Intelligence would create if it found itself at the head of a new planet. We already have a well-developed plan for the next film. “, he confided to the microphone ofEmpire.
Barely a month later, in November 2017, the xenomorph’s dad returned to the project again, saying he would like to break free from his creature to focus on another aspect of the franchise:
“We made Covenant to perpetuate the original idea and revolutionize the universe of the Alien, which – in my opinion – has had its day. Something else has to be proposed. I was right, I was ahead of others”, he declared in the columns of The Hollywood Reporter.
DISNEY ENTERS THE SCENE
At the end of 2017, a piece of news turns Ridley Scott’s plans upside down. Disney bought Fox and many studio productions were put on hold or canceled. Alien Awakening, sequel to Covenant, is one of the projects placed in a drawer.
The feature film was set to debut just as Alien Covenant was winding down. Either with Michael Fassbender and the return of Engineers and survivors of this race after their genocide.
The combination of bad box office score, bad reviews and Fox buyout got the better of the terrifying xenomorph. 83 years old and very busy with 2 big biopics, Ridley Scott is not ready to tackle a new Alien.
In June 2020, the British did not close the door to new works around the franchise: “I still think there is a lot of potential in Alien, but now the saga has to reinvent itself”, he told the Los Angeles Times.
“When I did the first one, I always thought, why would such a creature exist, and why it would travel in what I have always perceived as a warship, which carries its eggs. What is the meaning of this vessel, and what is the meaning of these eggs? That’s the question to ask – who, why, and for what purpose, are the questions that should lead to the next idea in my opinion. “Scott added.
A TV SERIES TO EXTEND THE SAGA?
Difficult to speculate on the future of the saga in the cinema at the present time. In any case, in December 2020, Disney announced that a TV series was in development on the side of the FX channel, by the creator of Fargo and Legion, Noah Hawley.
According to Per Landgraf, the director of the channel, the series will take place “in a future not far from ours”, and will mark “the first Alien Universe story set on Earth – combining both the timeless horror of the first film with the supercharged action of the second, the series is shaping up to be a spooky and exciting journey that will have viewers clinging to at their seats “, he told Variety last December.
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