Unfortunately it appears the negative fan reactions to Prometheus were the reasoning behind Alien: Covenant's dramatic overhaul of plot direction. Back in 2014 Ridley Scott made mention that the beast (the Xenomorph) was cooked and had been overdone throughout previous years with the many Alien sequels and spin offs. However, Scott's tune clearly changed when he began developing the Prometheus sequel.
What changed was the reaction to ‘Prometheus’, which was a pretty good ground zero reaction. It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.
Prometheus certainly did spark a polarized reaction within the fan community. Although there seemed to be just as many fans in support of the new direction as there were who opposed it, it seems those who had negative views shouted the loudest and managed to influence Ridley's decisions.
That said, it seems unlikely that we will ever get the answers we (those who enjoyed Prometheus) were looking for - Where did we come from - What happens to us after we die - Why did the Engineers wish to eradicate Humans on Earth 2,000 years ago, etc...
Following on in the interview, Scott reiterated that he plans to film the Alien: Covenant sequel, potentially titled Alien: Awakening within a year, with a release set for 21 months down the road from now:
I’ll probably be filming it [the sequel to Covenant] within a year, it’ll be out within a year and nine months. It’s weird when you’re writing, doing, planning, thinking about franchises, it’s amazing how it opens up and starts to evolve.
When asked about further sequels Scott has planned, he mentions he might do one, or two more:
I don’t know. [I’ll make] maybe two more [films], or maybe one more, I don’t know.
Previously, Scott made mention that he had wanted up to 5 films in the Prometheus saga, having 4 sequels to Prometheus in total. Perhaps Scott plans to hand over the reigns for sequels 3 and 4?
On a personal note, I find it disheartening to read Scott's comments concerning the direction of the franchise now. Prometheus opened up so many doors and allowed foe a truly expansive story telling experience. But, due to an immense amount of complaining by fans (who for the most part seemed to prefer James Cameron's Aliens to Scott's original anyways), that expansive direction may be closed off forever.
Scott had it right in 2014, the beast IS cooked. The Xenomorph is not scary anymore, especially when it's shown in daylight and not shrouded in darkness, hiding in the shadows. We've seen the Aliens in every sequel, we've seen them swarm. We've seen them degraded to mere insects and I'm concern this franchise may regress to that state of mindless, sci-fi action once again.
Prometheus made us think, whether you had issues with the character development, dialogue or pacing, the profound concepts Prometheus introduced are what made the film so intriguing for many of us. I can only hope that Ridley decides to ignore some of the negative fan reaction calling for the same tried and true Alien formula and revisits his original, expansive vision for the series.
But, that's my opinion. Do you agree with me? Or do you have an opposing view? Either way, let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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