James Cameron has revealed his thoughts on Ridley Scott's latest film, Alien: Covenant. Scott had directed the original franchise installment, Alien, which spawned multiple sequels -- Cameron's Aliens in 1986, David Fincher's Alien 3 in 1992, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection in 1997 -- and ended up creating one of the most beloved science fiction properties in cinema history. Scott returned to the franchise in 2012 with his Alien prequel film, Prometheus, with plans to establish a greater Alien universe.
Prometheus had answered some questions that fans had been asking for years, but it also presented many more questions that needed to be addressed. Scott, then, finally released the Prometheus sequel earlier this summer, Alien: Covenant, which fans were hoping would answer some of those lingering questions. Unfortunately, common complaints about the sequel were that it didn't necessarily expand upon the mythology that was laid out in Prometheus and that the movie took far too many cues from Scott's original 1979 work. Plus, some people weren't happy with the way the film ended, and that's something that Cameron seems to agree with.
Cameron has been busy promoting the upcoming 3D re-release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and in a recent Facebook Live interview, the filmmaker addressed Scott's latest film. The director praised Scott's filmmaking style and beautiful visuals, even calling the movie "a great ride," which many critics agreed with. However, he said it wasn't the type of movie he would have made.
"I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful. I love Ridley's films, I love his filmmaking; I love the beauty of the photography. I love the visceral sense that you're that, that you're present. It's not a film that I would have made. I hope I'm not spoiling this for anybody, but I don't like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end. So, I would not have made that film. I can't comment on where he's going with it, but I think he's, obviously, trying to create a greater universe around it and more backstory with the Engineers and so on. I'll show up to the next one, absolutely."
Cameron's comments about Scott's filmmaking style and wanting to see anything that the director makes echoes similar statements he made earlier this year. In January, the Aliens filmmaker had said that he would wait in line for any movie that Scott puts out, even a bad one, but he also felt that it was time to retire the Alien franchise. Although he's interested in seeing where the franchise goes, as an audience member, there seems to be little hope that he would ever return to the director's chair for another installment, and it appears that Scott may not be able to as well.
Following Alien: Covenant's mixed audience reception and disappointing domestic box office return, 20th Century Fox has been reportedly reassessing the future of the franchise and Scott's prequel series. The filmmaker currently has two additional Alien movies in the pipeline, and the film's ending leaves the door open for at least one more movie. At this time, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.