Director Ridley Scott is experiencing a renaissance right now. While he didn't get nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for The Martian this year, his latest science fiction film is one of the most successful movies of 2015 with seven nominations overall, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Matt Damon, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Drew Goddard. His next project will find Scott returning to the franchise that made him a big name in Hollywood.
After the release of Prometheus in 2012, fans have been waiting for a sequel film to find out how it will line up with the Alien film franchise. Scott surprised moviegoers with a new entry into the franchise instead of a straight Prometheus sequel -- one that also meant Neil Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5 film would be postponed indefinitely. And now, the director is giving out little hints as to what kind of film Alien: Covenant will be. Apparently, Scott wants to use the series' blend of sci-fi and horror to be more extreme this time around, saying, "that’s why I’m doing it. I’m going to do pretty Hard R."
After he won the Golden Globe for The Martian, Scott teased the upcoming project, which will start shooting in Australia soon. During the backstage interview, a reporter asked Scott about the horror aspects of Alien and whether Covenant would continue in the genre:
"I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse."
If you don't count the first Alien Vs. Predator movie, which was PG-13, every movie in the Alien franchise has been R-rated. It's rare to see a successful franchise like Alien fully embrace the R rating, especially since modern blockbusters aim for a PG-13 rating to gain the biggest audience possible. This is clearly a win for fans, though, as a PG-13 rating would indicate many of the elements that are key to the series would be left on the cutting room floor (if they were filmed at all). In addition, it's a welcoming sign to see a director like Scott eager to not only meet the expectations of the fans, but also to try and outdo himself from a previous entry in the franchise.
On that note, it's hard to imagine anything being worse than a baby Xenomorph bursting out of John Hurt's chest, but if anyone can do it, it would be Scott. He sort of paid homage that iconic scene in Prometheus with Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw extracting an alien from her body with the help of a futuristic surgery machine. While there were parts of Prometheus that didn't really work, that scene was one of the best in the science fiction prequel. Hopefully, Scott will rise to the occasion and outdo both scenes in Alien: Covenant.
Alien: Covenant opens in U.S. theaters everywhere on October 6th, 2017.
Source: Golden Globes