Ridley Scott’s original Alien (1979) was a revolutionary film in the genre of science-fiction and gothic horror. A hauntingly beautiful blend of classic fiction and stark terror, which introduced us to the horrifying Xenomorph, which quickly ascended to the stuff of nightmares. H.R. Giger, who mainly created the terrifying extra-terrestrial Xenomorph was also responsible for the surrealistic, bleak and nightmarish atmosphere of Alien. Ridley Scott’s grand vision infused with the nightmarish artistry of Giger makes Alien one of the best movies ever made. But surprisingly, Scott has been straying away from a major character who was pertinent in the success of the Alien series; the Xenomorph.
In a recent interview, Ridley Scott briefly explained his vision beyond Alien : Covenant.
“I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over,” Scott shockingly stated. “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 [sic] a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one,” Scott teased.
Fans of the previous installments might be quite appalled by this statement, but for the newer generation of fans, this comes hardly as a surprise. For instance, the first signs of excluding Xenomorphs from the series was first seen in the polarizing Prometheus (2012). Though a lot of fans liked the philosophical aspect of the movie which addressed existentialism, there was much to dislike due to the lack of the bleak and stark terror which the earlier movies had incorporated. Then coming to the recent installment, Alien : Covenant, the movie marked the return of Scott to his trademark bleak horror in a cold and hostile environment. Covenant heavily featured Xenomorphs, much closer than the ones we already knew, a masterclass in blending visceral terror and morbid nihilism. At this point, you might ask, how come Scott is straying away from the monsters? The answer lies in the final part of the movie. It was Michael Fassbender’s critically acclaimed portrayal of a man(droid) who is the central character of the movie, and not the nightmare inducing Xenomorphs.
It seems like, Scott will be shifting his focus from ‘Aliens’ to Artificial Intelligence. Though Scott had earlier stated that he will be linking the future films back to the original Alien, it seems the story is far from turning to a full circle. With his full focus on Fassbender’s David, we might be in treat for an entirely new form of terror, where the A.I. plays god. But don’t forget, David brought the Face Hugger embryos aboard the ship in the ending.