James Cameron. He’s one of the most famous directors in film history, and is the man primarily responsible for such classic sci-fi/horror entries as The Terminator and Aliens.
Whether one loves his overall body of work or hates it, it’s hard to argue that Cameron doesn’t deserve copious amounts of respect from anyone who appreciates the craft of filmmaking.
While Cameron has been neck-deep in the development of his upcoming sequels to 2009 mega hit Avatar for quite some time now, the world at large was stunned when it was recently announced that he had decided to come back and try to save the creatively embattled Terminator franchise.
During a recent interview with Vulture though, Cameron was asked for his opinion on the state of the Alien franchise, and its soon to arrive sequel Alien: Covenant..
As the director of the near-universally loved Aliens, there is certainly no one more qualified to speak on such a topic, with the obvious exception of Ridley Scott himself. Here’s what he had to say:
“The franchise has kind of wandered all over the map. Ridley [Scott] did the first film, and he inspired an entire generation of filmmakers and science-fiction fans with that one movie and there have been so many films that stylistically have derived from it, including my own Aliens, which was the legitimate sequel and, I think, the proper heir to his film. I sort of did it as a fanboy. I wanted to honor his film but also say what I needed to say. After that, I don’t take any responsibility.”
“I don’t think it’s worked out terribly well. I think we’ve moved on beyond it. It’s like, okay, we’ve got it; we’ve got the whole Freudian biomechanoid meme. I’ve seen it in 100 horror films since. I think both of those films stand at a certain point in time, as a reference point. But is there any validity to doing another one now? I don’t know. Maybe. Let’s see, jury’s out. Let’s see what Ridley comes up with.”
“Let me just add to that — and don’t cut this part off, please — I will stand in line for any Ridley Scott movie, even a not-so-great one, because he is such an artist, he’s such a filmmaker. I always learn from him. And what he does with going back to his own franchise would be fascinating.”
So, all in all, Cameron seems very hesitant to come out and say whether or not he feels the Alien franchise should continue, which is probably at least partially due to his clear respect for Scott as a filmmaker. Still, he definitely doesn’t seem too excited about Alien’s future prospects either.
What do you think? Does the world need more Alien films?