Ridley Scott wants xenomorphs to take a back seat in next Alien sequel

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Oct 9, 2017, 2:59 PM EDT

Xenomorphs no more? Director Ridley Scott has hinted that he’s ready for the Alien franchise to change course. In an interview with The Empire Film Podcast, Scott reveals the next steps in the series’ evolution.

“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over,” Scott revealed. “But what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the A.I. might create as a leader if he finds himself onto a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”

So it sounds like Scott wants to lean into the questions of where and how AI intersect with humanity and civilization, instead of just big scary monsters prowling around on ships. Which, hey, there's creative room for both, and that concept sounds fascinating. But is the former still an Alien movie?

Scott also discussed his return to the series' helm in 2012 with Prometheus, which was followed by Alien: Covenant in 2017. Before the former, he assumed the films had run their course. A certain sequel nearly put a nail in its creative coffin.

“The Alien franchise ran for four [films]. Two were good, the other two weren’t good,” he explained. “When they finally did Alien vs. Predator, I thought that put the lid on the stew. It was finished.”

Despite the state of the franchise, Scott felt there was another story to be told. One that would focus on how the original “alien” came about. That's what birthed Prometheus, which also emphasized the android element. David (Michael Fassbender) really was just the beginning.

(via The Empire Podcast)