More Hints at Ridley Scott's Involvement in Another Aliens?
First it was Predator, now it's Aliens, too? Last week it was confirmed that Robert Rodriguez is officially rebooting the Predator franchise with a new feature called Predators. So what about Aliens? Does Fox want to resuscitate that franchise, too? Well, if you believe what Tom Rothman says in this interview over on IESB, then it may indeed be possible that they're trying to get Ridley Scott to come back and make another. "There's been some talk," Rothman said when asked about another Alien movie. We last wrote about this rumor in December, with Sigourney Weaver talking about the potential return of Ellen Ripley.
When Ridley Scott's name is specifically brought up, Rothman seems to get a bit excited. "I think he's toying with the idea… and that would be great for us. It's always been a matter of, really, if you could get the originator to do it… So we have our fingers crossed." Of course they have their fingers crossed, because if they get Scott back for another Alien movie, then they've pretty much got a guaranteed hit on their hands! Sigourney Weaver already hinted about Scott's involvement previously. "We'd have to go back to the drawing board on [the alien]. Ridley said that right away when we first talked about [a fifth film]," she said.
I'm a bit baffled that the very same director who once said "sci-fi films are as dead as westerns" is now considering not one, not two, but three huge sci-fi projects following Robin Hood. The first is an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, although that seems the least likely of the three. The second is an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, which has been talked about as his sci-fi follow-up to Robin Hood. And the third, of course, is another Alien movie or some feature involving the character of Ellen Ripley, although this also seems very unlikely at this point. I think Rothman is just being overly hopeful.
Honestly, I'm much more interested in seeing something new in the Alien franchise rather than the Predator franchise. I think it has so much more of a legacy to it (just look at the directors - Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet), whereas Predator was just a successful action series and not much more. Even if they get something going without Ridley Scott, as long as they hire some damn good writers and a great director, I'll at least be mildly excited, whereas with Predator, I don't really care about it and won't care about it until we probably have a trailer. Only time will tell what happens next!