After watching his franchise go on a steady decline over the years, Ridley Scott sounds beside himself. The good news is it doesn’t appear as though he’s ready to give up on the Alien franchise so we might see him working on another film in the near future. The bad news? He may have some delusions of grandeur in regards to the property:
“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars. I think the next [question] as to where we go is, do we sustain the Alien [franchise] with the evolution of the beast or do we reinvent something else? I think you need to have an evolution on this famous beast, because he’s the best monster ever, really.”
That quote (via Gamespot) is a bold proclamation by any stretch, and I’m not sure how you put Alien in the same discussion as Star Trek or Star Wars unless you’re talking about number of films that have been released. I would LOVE for Alien to reach that type of success, but I’m gonna sit here and flat out say there are plenty of reasons why Alien has not reached that level of success.
Regardless, I like that Scott still has that fire in him to continue and try to make the franchise better because he does have a really good monster…he just needs better stories surrounding it. I honestly thought Prometheus was a step in the right direction, but it appears they’ve all but abandoned that strategy, so where do you go now? What do you think would drastically improve this franchise?