Expectations are high for Alien: Covenant, but that’s largely in spite of Prometheus. Well, Ridley Scott has finally heard your cries.
In an interview with Yahoo!, Scott admitted he got it “wrong” by getting rid of the xenomorph in Prometheus. Turns out, fans actually like the alien in Alien (ahem), and he said he heard the frustration from fans and tried to tap back into the classic vibe that made the early Alien films so great. Which, hey, the early reviews have been relatively positive. So, fingers crossed. If nothing else, it’s great to see Scott admit he did get it wrong, and it’s encouraging to see he’s making a course correction.
Here’s an excerpt from Scott’s comments:
“What changed was the reaction to Prometheus, which was a pretty good ground zero reaction. It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.
The fans, in a funny kind of way – they’re not the final word – but they are the reflection of your doubts about something, and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take [the fans’ reaction] into account.”
Do you think Alien: Covenant will get the franchise back on track, or just be a pale reminder of the glory days?