Ridley Scott Says ‘Alien’ Movies May Be Done With the Xenomorph
In a roundtable discussion with ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’ Ridley Scott announced (or let slip) that he thinks the xenomorph, the acid-bleeding, saliva-dripping, face-hugging star of the ‘Alien’ franchise and one of cinema’s iconic sci-fi/horror creations, may be approaching its final appearance.
Noomi Rapace Explains Why Elizabeth Shaw Wasn’t In ‘Alien: Covenant’
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace tells us why she only appeared in the prologue to ‘Alien: Covenant,’ and talks about the challenges of her two new action movies.
Damon Lindelof Might Know Where ‘Alien’ Franchise Is Heading
Way back when Ridley Scott was just starting to work on his Alien prequel Prometheus, he hired Damon Lindelof to refine the script Scott had worked on with Jonathan Spaihts. Lindelof’s job was to focus more on the Engineer aspects of the film and less on the Alien bits, creating what turned out to be a totally bizarre, inventive take on the foundation of Scott’s Alien universe. Because he was so steeped in the Engineer lore, Lindelof might have some idea of where the franchise plans to go after the events of Alien: Covenant.
Box Office: ‘Pirates’ Plunders While ‘Baywatch’ Blunders
There was a time not so long ago when Memorial Day weekend was a big deal for Hollywood, but this weekend felt more like a bunch of under-performers gathering together and learning very little about life. Call it the anti-Breakfast Club, if you will. This certainly isn’t what Hollywood had in mind for most of the franchises, and while Johnny Depp’s latest pirate movie did OK, OK seems to be the operative word of the summer if you’re not a movie about superheroes or literate villagers. Here’s the weekend gross through Sunday afternoon:
‘Alien: Covenant’ Doesn’t Have Very Many Deleted Scenes
While audiences remain pretty split on Ridley Scott’s first official Alien film in nearly 40 years, one thing we can all agree on is there are some interesting gaps in the storytelling. It’s always difficult to argue that fans need to do homework before seeing a movie to appreciate the film; while there certainly are some clips and features available online that add depth to Alien: Covenant, a movie should always stand on its own two legs, and those frustrated by Scott’s decision to chop out sections of the movie aren’t going to give him a pass because they may be added back in somewhere later in the process.
Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Alien’ Holds Off ‘Guardians’
It’s a battle of the science fiction blockbusters this weekend, with Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 giving us a photo finish at the box office. The two movies couldn’t be more different in style, tone, and aesthetics, but they equally captured audiences’ attention and shined a light on what the future has in store for both franchises. Here’s the box office numbers as of Sunday afternoon:
The ‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue Features a Hilarious Hidden Joke
Fox has done a nice job of hyping Alien: Covenant with videos setting up the movie’s story. “The Crossing” explains what happened to the survivors from Prometheus in between the two films. And “The Last Supper,” embedded above, features the crew of the spaceship Covenant at the beginning of their mission to colonize a distant planet. These aren’t traditional trailers or teasers; they’re full “prologue” scenes released on YouTube. In Alien terms, this kind of marketing is like hugging someone’s face to prime them for a hideous creature bursting out of their chest.
Which Is Better: ‘Alien’ or ‘Aliens’?
A new Alien opens in theaters this Friday; Alien: Covenant is the first movie in the beloved sci-fi franchise since 2012’s Prometheus, and the first with the word “alien” in the title since 2007’s timeless classic Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. Audiences will decide whether Covenant is a worthy sequel (we liked it), but even if they do, the overwhelming odds are they will find it no better than the third best movie in the history of the series. That’s because the first two movies in the series — Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens — are amongst the best sci-fi films ever made.