When Neill Blomkamp revealed that his “Alien” movie was on hold due to Ridley Scott‘s “Alien: Paradise Lost,” it seemed like that was hardly the whole story. One got the feeling that it wasn’t going to be anytime soon that Blomkamp would be able to realize his vision, and it’s probably not a coincidence that he recently signed up to write and direct another Fox sci-fi movie, “The Gone World.” And indeed, Scott has come right out and said it — he doesn’t want anybody else to touch his baby.
“I’m trying to keep this for myself. I let the other one [‘Alien’] get away from me – I shouldn’t have… I’m trying to re-resurrect the beast and let if off the hook for a while because I’m coming back into the back-end of ‘Alien 1.’ I’m gradually getting to ‘Alien 1,’ ” the director told IGN.
Of course, he’s referring to the original run of “Alien” movies that saw James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet direct sequels to increasingly diminishing returns, and that’s not to mention the spinoffs involving Predator. So unlike George Lucas who took the money for “Star Wars” and went home, Scott wants to keep a firm hand on how the future plays out for the films.
He once again reiterated that there will be a few more sequels until the world of “Prometheus” connects directly with “Alien,” but this has been the plan from day one. As Damon Lindelof recently revealed, the original script by Jon Spaihts for “Prometheus,” titled “Alien Zero,” had a direct link to “Alien.” However, Lindelof changed that notion when he came aboard.
But the bottom line is, from here on out, don’t expect any other filmmakers to touch the xenomorphs of Scott’s franchise. For better, for worse? Let us know what you think below. Production on “Alien: Paradise Lost” begins in February.