While promoting his latest film All The Money In The World, director Ridley Scott spoke to Digital Spy about the future of the Alien franchise now it's about to be owned by Disney. In case you didn't know, Disney has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to buy up their film and television divisions for an eye-popping $52.4 billion.
Here's what Ridley Scott had to say;
"It looks to me that the Fox deal is certainly going to go ahead with Disney, and I've been with Fox for a number years now. I'm hoping I'll still probably be there so whether or not they go ahead with such a dark subject, being Disney, as aliens remains to be seen. I think they should because I think, when people have a hard and fast franchise which has ongoing interest, it's crazy not to do something with it."
I think it's a safe bet that Disney won't directly put out an Alien movie, so we can rest easy knowing that the facehuggers won't be getting the Disneyfication treatment. However, Disney has owned other studios in the past; Touchstone Pictures was a distribution label for Disney to put out more grown-up releases. So there is every reason to expect Disney to apply the same formula and let Fox operate (for the most part) in the same manner. I doubt they'll be censoring Fox's Family Guy or asking for a PG-13 Kingsman 3 anytime soon, but I'm not sure it's Fox's new owners that will prevent Scott making more Alien films.
Alien Covenant was a struggle to love, there was so much going for it with the return to horror and the classic Xenomorphs, yet despite Scott giving the fans what they wanted, the movie failed to make a dramatic impact at the box office. Grossing $240 million worldwide against a reported $97 million budget meant that Covenant didn't lose money, but it was a whopping $160 million below Prometheus' final tally. Ridley Scott is a masterful filmmaker, of that there is no doubt, however, perhaps it is time for him to leave the Alien universe behind and let somebody else captain the ship. After his much published Alien 5 got shelved, perhaps this could be the time for Neil Blomkamp's vision for the franchise to become a reality.
All The Money In The World is out now in cinemas.