In an interview with Forbes in 2020, Scott expressed his doubts that we’d ever get another movie in the prequel timeline: “We went down a path of trying to reinvent the wheel with Prometheus and Covenant. Whether we come back to it directly or not is doubtful because Prometheus awoke him very well. But you know, you ask basic questions like, ‘Did the Alien itself, the facehugger, the chestburster, all run out of steam? Do you have to rethink the whole fucking thing and just use the word franchise? This is always the fundamental question.
Whatever you think of these two films creatively, Alien: AllianceThe poor box office performance was probably the nail in the coffin for this ambitious expansion of the sci-fi horror series. The second film only grossed $241 million worldwide. Compare that to Prometheus‘ $403 million despite not having Extraterrestrial in its title.
In other words, Commitment is probably the last you’ll see of Michael Fassbender’s android with a god complex.
Fede Álvarez’s Alien Movie on Hulu
The biggest indication that the franchise might be well on its way to reclaiming its place as the pinnacle of sci-fi horror is next. Extraterrestrial movie headed to Hulu, produced by Scott and directed by don’t breathe director Fede Alvarez. Announced in March and still untitled, the film was introduced to Scott by Álvarez, who left such an impression that Scott agreed to produce and help get the project green by 20th Century Studios.
Studio head Steve Asbell told THR that the decision to stream the film instead of releasing it theatrically was made to give Álvarez more creative freedom to make the movie he wants to make. According to Asbell, releasing a movie theatrically is a higher-stakes endeavor that often requires movies to be edited to appeal to mainstream audiences, which isn’t necessarily the case for movies released primarily on streaming platforms. streaming. On Hulu, “It’s not a movie that has to be everything for everyone,” Asbell said.
This approach makes sense, especially given the success of Prey, which was released on Hulu last month to rave reviews from fans and critics. This film certainly looked like a fully realized, artistically unhindered end product that took risks and indicated the Predator franchise in a new and fresh direction. The fact that 20th Century is giving Álvarez’s film a similar treatment is a good sign.