James Cameron has commented on another franchise he helped put on the map, this time commenting on the state of the Alien movies. We’ve heard him comment on Terminator a lot (which he’s involved with again), but this is the first we’ve heard an in-depth commentary on Alien from him in a while.
While talking to Vulture about his Atlantis documentary they asked him about Alien: Covenant:
“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley [Scott] did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans with that one movie and 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. After that, I don’t take any responsibility.
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. Let’s see what Ridley comes up with. 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. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating.”
He does have a point about what happened to the franchise following his Aliens. Even Prometheus sharply divided fans of the series. We’ll have to wait and see how Covenant is received, although the big spoiler Fox is trying to keep off the internet may really piss off fans more than anything Prometheus did…