In 1986, James Cameron would release Aliens. This action-packed Sci-Fi flick would prove that there was life in the Alien concept beyond the Ridley Scott original, and would go on to become a favorite among fans across the globe. Fast forward to 2017, and James Cameron will tell you that it may have been a good idea to end the franchise after his movie.
"The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map," the director recently told Vulture when asked about Scott's upcoming Alien: Covenant, which arrives in theaters this May. "I don't think it's worked out terribly well. I think we've moved on beyond it. It's like, okay, we've got it, we've got the whole Freudian biomechanoid meme. I've seen it in 100 horror films since. I think both of those films stand at a certain point in time, as a reference point. But is there any validity to doing another one now? I don't know. Maybe. Let's see, jury's out."
We'll be the first to admit that subsequent sequels in the Alien franchise have fallen far short of the first two entries in the series. Yet, we'll also be the first to admit we did enjoy both Prometheus and the first Alien vs. Predator movie - to an extent. However, neither of those films can measure up to what Scott and Cameron originally brought to the screen.
Cameron would go on to mention that the first two Alien movies would go on to "inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans," adding, "there have been so many films that stylistically have derived from it, including my own Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper heir to his film. I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor his film, but also say what I needed to say."
He also made sure to clarify his stance on Ridley Scott as a filmmaker. "Let me just add to that — and don't cut this part off, please — I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he's such a filmmaker," he said. "I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating."
Alien: Covenant opens on May 19th.
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