The powerhouse media conglomerate that is Disney is rumored to rebooting yet another powerful, but also disappointing franchise — Alien. While Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien was probably the most advanced sci-fi film of its time, its successors (and prequels) seemed to destroy its very success.
There’s no question that the Alien franchise has been in serious trouble after the major success of the original 1979 Alien. And if you happen to consider any of the subsequent films as “quality,” you need to seriously read this article and re-think your “taste” in film.
Now, if you need a reminder of the (unfortunately long) list of films in the franchise, here you go:
- Alien, 1979 –should have stopped here
- Aliens, 1986
- Alien 3, 1992
- Alien Resurrection, 1997
- Alien vs. Predator, 2004 [cross-over]
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, 2007, [cross-over]
- Prometheus, 2012 [prequel]
- Alien: Covenant, 2017 [sequel to the prequel]
- Oh god, please stop
Arguably, Aliens wasn’t the WORST sequel, thanks to Sigourney Weaver’s return—but outside of her outstanding reprisal of her character, the film wasn’t anything to jump out of your seats about.
Now for the rest of the films following, who are we kidding—it’s been an absolute disaster. And where to begin? Alien versus Predator? What? To this day, I still don’t understand the logic behind the production. It seemed more like a marketing move for a futuristic video game you’d find at a Dave N’ Busters.
If we fast forward to the “futuristic” style prequels of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, initially they seemed to be promising, especially with how Prometheus seemed to play out with answering the two questions we’ve wondered since 1979—how did the Queen Alien come to be and what was our role as humans in this extra-terrestrial war?
Unfortunately, as the film progressed, it continued to answer one question, only to leave viewers with five more. While frustrating, yet seemingly entertaining, the film seemed to explain that Doctor Shaw seemed to be the “Mother” to the Queen Alien, thanks to Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of David, a curiously deceptive android whose sole function and purpose confirmed one dangerous truth Hollywood has come to hint at with technology (Terminator and Black Mirror)—that technology could outsmart its creator.
Fassbender’s character utilized his curiosity and implemented it at the expense of each and every crew member around him, beginning with Elizabeth Shaw—infecting her with a liquid biological weapon, that seemed to lead to the birth of some alien-like creature, which combined with the implantation of the Engineers, birthed the Queen Alien we were first introduced to back in 1979.
And that’s only the beginning. Then we were hit with the 2017 sequel to the prequel (headache)—Alien: Covenant, where we are once again shown a similar plot line of a distress call and a new crew that is subject to an inevitable demise. Soon thereafter, we learn the distress call was the mad-scientist work of Michael Fassbender’s David, who we last saw leaving planet LV-223 with an injured Elizabeth Shaw. But come to find out, Shaw “died” a long time ago—where viewers eventually learn and strongly hinted at being overpowered, murdered, and used for one of David’s sick experiments on further exploring the Xenomorph and evolving the species. Again, entertaining but a further detraction from the 1979 film.
But now that Disney has acquired the entire intellectual property behind Alien as part of its merger with Fox, Disney wants to resurrect the franchise, with rumors of Ridley Scott returning to produce, according to sources close to We Got This Covered. And in my opinion, god bless. Scrap each film, except for Scott’s 1979 Alien and pick it back up, both from a prequel approach and sequel approach.
You can’t help but wonder if Disney shares the same hesitation about giving Scott any significant input into the script and plot line after what we’ve all seen over the years, but you have to give it to the man—he’s talented and his eye for visual effects and creating a “James-Cameron like” atmosphere is what keeps the Alien franchise visually appealing.
And unlikely as it may be, Disney, please bring back Sigourney Weaver in the reprisal. Back in October, it was also rumored that Hulu (also Disney-owned) could be putting together an Alien series.