Saturday, 12 December 2015
Another day, another Ridley Scott interview. This time he has been talking to TheWrap.com about Alien Covenant and offered yet more interesting nuggets, this time clearly contradicting earlier statements he made about the titular xenomorph being all played out and his vision of creating a newer, fresher alien.
"You're next film is a sequel to Prometheus?
Yeah. Well, really it's 'Alien.' They're going to go to the planet where the Engineers came from and come across the evolving creature that they had made. Why did they make it? Why would they make such a terrifying beast? It felt bio-mechaniod, it felt like a weapon. And so the movie will explain that, and reintroduce the alien back into it.
There was always this discussion: Is alien, the character, the beast, played out or not? We'll have them all: egg, facehugger, chestburster, then the big boy. I think maybe we can go another round or two.
When you were making the first 'Alien,' did you think there was more to explore with that creature?
Yeah, definitely. I knew we had done something special. I mean, I knew it as soon as I met with (painter, illustrator and creature designer) H.R. Giger. He was an artist in every sense of the word, but very businesslike. There was no rock 'n' roll - well, there was quietly, but he never brought it to the set. And I knew I had something special with the creature that he designed. Without that creature, the film wouldn't have been the same."
These comments seem to suggest we'll be seeing some form of the original Giger alien not seen on screen since the first film way back in 1979. Regardless of how the story plays out at this point, the notion of seeing the original nightmare back in theatres after over 35 years is going to be something special.