“We are [going to make another], we are,” Scott told EW from the set of All the Money in the World. “I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff.” Say what? Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which came out earlier this year, felt like a return to some legit old-school scares but failed to set the domestic box office ablaze (though, combined with international sales, it ended with north of $240 million in ticket revenue). “People say, ‘You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,’ so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”
So, the grand lesson that Ridley Scott learned from Alien Covenant was that the world needed more Fassbender-bots?
I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise and a full-on Prometheus apologist (and I really liked Katherine Waterston as pseudo-Ripley), but I feel like Ridley has learned the wrong lesson here.