Scott: Next “Alien” To Have An AI Focus

Though all indications are the “Alien” franchise has stalled in both the wake of the disappointing results of “Alien: Covenant” and the potential imminent selling off of Fox’s film properties to Disney, filmmaker Ridley Scott insists there will still be a third “Alien” prequel.

Speaking with EW this week, the director says if the film goes ahead you can expect a lot less xenomorph action and plenty more focus on the dangers of A.I. as personified in both “Prometheus” and ‘Covenant’ by Michael Fassbender’s David:

“We are [going to make another], we are. I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff. People say, ‘You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,’ so I put a lot of that in ‘Covenant’ and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.”

‘Covenant’ pulled in over $240 million at the global box office, but its near $100 million budget meant the film fell just short of making a profit and saw a notable drop-off from the results of “Prometheus”.