Just two weeks ago, an unconfirmed report indicated that 20th Century Fox had pulled the plug on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Awakening, the tentatively-titled third film in the Alien prequels that would follow both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. It wasn’t that surprising, considering the disappointing box office performance of Covenant. And soon after that, the news broke that Disney, still intent on world domination, acquired “most” of 20th Century Fox. Would Disney, a family-friendly company, back such a violent, R-rated franchise that wasn’t doing huge business any more?
Now, after months of saying that nothing would stand in the way of Awakening‘s early 2018 production, Scott has finally confirmed the franchise’s uncertainty in an interview with Digital Spy:
“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”.
Rumours already seen to be circulating that Disney may reboot the franchise as a ‘PG-13’ series, something that Scott is clearly aware of:
“PG-13 films are the focus of Disney’s strategy. That’s why they’re so successful. And they draw the line at anything that crosses PG-13. If they find that they’re so successful with that that they want to cross the line and do something a little darker, and if they do that, do they want to do that under Disney or do they want to do that under the Fox banner? I think there’s a business plan afoot definitely.”
Well, the new Predator and Deadpool 2 are still going ahead as ‘R’-rated films. And do we really want a bloody ‘PG-13’ Alien series? On the other hand, neither Prometheus nor Covenant were that good, so I do think that stopping this current series [which contradicts the other films quite a bit] would not be a bad thing. They could….you know….leave it alone [they’ll never match the 1979 and 1986 films anyway] and think up something new. Just an idea….but words like “new” and “original” don’t seem to be known by the Disney studio heads any more.