It’s been an emotional rollercoaster ride for fans of the iconic Xenomorph, especially for those who got a kick out of Ridley Scott’s latest prequel instalments, 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant. Though both films resonated fairly well with critics and a subsection of the fanbase, a vocal chunk of fans walked away from both pics disappointed in its new AI-centric, origin-of-life direction.
The truth is, however, there are still a multitude of fans—like myself—who are absolutely crying out to see a conclusion to Scott’s prequels and David’s sinister character arc. Frankly, to leave the series on such a tantalising cliffhanger would be a slap in the face to all devotees of that perfect organism we’ve all grown up to love.
As you’re probably already aware, Disney has successfully outbid Comcast in acquiring Fox’s film and TV assets. Fresh news has just come in, however, and it’s not looking good for fans of the iconic space monster.
Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, the Mouse House is looking to drastically scale back production and downsize budgets for Fox films that don’t “fit their family-friendly, franchise-focused formula.” It sounds like this will unfortunately affect future Alien movies, with Alien: Covenant’s sequel in particular falling prey to this new business philosophy.
“Unlike its sibling television studio, Fox’s movie studio is expected to be significantly downsized once the deal is complete. Disney will likely take over Fox’s two biggest film franchises, Avatar and the X-Men, and scale back production of costly movies that don’t fit its family-friendly, franchise-focused formula, people close to both companies have said. Until the deal is done, however, Fox is obligated to keep acting as if it will survive, people who work at the studio say, which means making movies and developing new ideas with no certainty as to what Disney will end up doing with them.”
Ridley Scott’s third, and most likely, final instalment in the prequel films would’ve been dubbed Alien: Awakening, and was planned to dovetail into the beginning of 1979’s Alien classic, perhaps explaining how the original derelict spacecraft crash-landed on LV-426. Unfortunately, for the time being, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll see a proper conclusion to Scott’s Alien origin movies, which makes us incredibly sad. But how do you feel about the news? Chime in and let us know!