Cameron Not A Fan Of Recent “Alien” Films

The “Alien” franchise has been something of an odd duck. Both Ridley Scott’s 1979 original and James Cameron’s 1986 sequel are considered more than just sci-fi classics, they’re frankly two of the greatest films of all time. Each subsequent film though hasn’t come close to that standard.

David Fincher’s troubled “Alien 3” was a big disappointment at the time of release, but even with its troubled history remains a superior work to what came after be it Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s inventive but deeply flawed “Alien Resurrection,” Scott’s messy prequel/spin-off “Prometheus,” and the frankly best not spoken about “Alien vs. Predator” films

Ahead of Scott’s third try and the wheel with “Alien: Covenant” in May, Cameron spoke with Vulture about the franchise and was asked about his take on ‘Covenant’ and the series as a whole. Seems he’s not been a fan of the follow-ups to his and Scott’s original work:

“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley [Scott] did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans with that one movie.

There have been so many films that stylistically have derived from it, including my own Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper heir to his film. I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor his film, but also say what I needed to say. After that, I don’t take any responsibility.

I don’t think it’s worked out terribly well. I think we’ve moved on beyond it. It’s like, okay, we’ve got it, we’ve got the whole Freudian biomechanoid meme. I’ve seen it in 100 horror films since.

I think both of those films stand at a certain point in time, as a reference point. But is there any validity to doing another one now? I don’t know. Maybe. Let’s see, jury’s out. Let’s see what Ridley comes up with.

Let me just add to that – and don’t cut this part off, please – I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he’s such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating.

“Alien: Covenant” opens May 19. Cameron serves as executive producer of “Atlantis Rising,” a new National Geographic documentary airing on January 29th which seeks answers about whether or not the storied lost city really existed.