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Disney evolving the Alien franchise and Ridley Scott is directing the next instalment

May 30th, 2019 by Marc Comments

It’s hard to believe that Ridley Scott’s timeless sc-fi horror, Alien is 40 years old, but here we are.

And in those 40 years the Xenomorph has had a lot of ups and downs with numerous sequels and clashes with the Predator creatures and it’s even now, technically, a Disney princess.

But there’s just no keeping a (mostly) good franchise down and original director Ridley Scott is looking to go back into that part of space where no-one can hear you scream.

The secret to the movie’s greatness is keeping your cards close to your chest, says Scott: “You don’t show the monster too many times because you’ll get used to him and you never want to get used to him — ever. That’s always been my thesis. The best screening room in the world is the space between your ears, which is your brain. So, it’s learning to tap into the human brain to show just so much. Let the brain do a lot of the work. That’s where you start to tap into people’s anxieties.”

Now the 81-year-old who also directed the prequels Prometheus and Alien: Covenant says he got a new script (reportedly called  Alien: Awakening) and “was in Hollywood within 32 hours” of receiving it.

“They sent me a script and I read it. I loved it,” he said.

But the franchise is set to evolve away from the traditional horror we have grown to love over the decades: “I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff… People say “you need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,” so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely.

“But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”

So Scott is back and Disney is doing Alien. The world’s gotten a little weird.

Let me know what you all think, guys.

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….