Simply put, Ellen Ripley is the Alien franchise. Even though her adversary gets the title, Ripley is the star of the first four films, and her story is what ties everything together. So the fact that director Ridley Scott has an idea to work her back into his films isn't a surprise. But the way he wants to do it might be.
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So it's come to this. Blade Runner fans have debated for decades whether or not Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) was a replicant. And they have debated whether or not there even was an answer in the movie at all. They have debated who to believe. And when Blade Runner 2049 directed Denis Villeneuve said that there wouldn't be an answer in the sequel, we made our peace. Well, Ridley Scott's kicked that wasp nest all over again.
Though Alien: Covenant was basically met with the audience equivalent of a shrug, director Ridley Scott has plans for at least one more Alien prequel film, with a script already in hand. We have no idea where the story is heading next. But as rabid Alien fans, we have some suggestions... and some demands.
Video: In the pantheon of cool movie sets, a Ridley Scott Alien set is right near the top. Here is the man who directed one of the most iconic genre films ever, returning to that world in modern times, and it's a place on Earth that exists. Sure, most people don't get to experience it, but here's the next best thing.
Video: We're just over a month away from Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, a film that's built its marketing strategy not just on teasers and trailers, but viral clips (like "Meet Walter", an intro to the movie's android). The latest are a pair of transmissions to Earth from two Covenant crew members.
It's obvious that we're all excited about Alien: Covenant. Every new little piece of footage or information just elevates that excitement, and at CinemaCon 2017, it happened again. Fox showed a clip that featured destruction and death on a level that's rather rare, even for the violent Alien franchise.
Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opens in May, and recently, he's been showing off footage and talking about the franchise's future. He made waves saying he already has a script for the next film, and even said there could be three more after that. Now, he may have slipped and let us know the title of that next Alien film... maybe?
Video: The latest Alien: Covenant trailer wasn't supposed to drop until tomorrow, but lookie here: A deeper exploration of the Covenant's crew and the nature of their mission, a good look at the (weirdly quiet) planet they land on, lots of running and shrieking and an ominous tag line straight outta Dante's Inferno.
The drama behind the scenes of the latest Batman movie is worthy of a whole movie all its own. The latest news is that negotiations with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, which were reportedly going well last week, have broken down, leaving the production without a leader once again.
James Cameron is no stranger to sequels — and he's better at making them than most, with Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens on his resume. (Whether or not all those Avatar films will continue his streak is a question for another day.) But when asked about the state of the Alien franchise in 2017, he had some choice words.
Vampire shows are a constant on TV — but The Passage, a pilot just ordered by Fox, has some unusual elements lifting it above the pack. Behind the scenes, it has Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights), Matt Reeves (Felicity, Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes) and Ridley Scott (you know his credits). And its story isn't a typical bloodsucker tale.