Later this year, director Ridley Scott is bringing to the screen his third film in the Alien series, Alien: Covenant. Since he made the first Alien, though, only one film in the series has thus far been held in the same regard, and that’s James Cameron’s superb sequel, Aliens.
Cameron has been chatting to Vulture about the future of the Alien series, and conceded that “the franchise has kind of wandered all over the map.” He noted that when he came to make Aliens, “I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor [Alien] but also say what I needed to say. After that, I didn’t take any responsibility [for the franchise].”
Cameron added that “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.”
Cameron did note that “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”.
We’ll find out what he does in May. Meanwhile, Cameron will be going back to his Terminator franchise in due course, to oversee one more film in that series…