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James Cameron Doesn’t Know If There’s Still Validity to the Alien Film Franchise

January 28, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

Vulture recently spoke to filmmaker James Cameron, who shared his thoughts on the Alien film franchise and the state of his after his sequel, Aliens, in the 1980s. Ridley Scott is currently working on a new prequel to the original, Alien: Covenant, which hits theaters on May 19. Below are some highlights.

James Cameron’s thoughts on the Alien film franchise: “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.”

Cameron on sci-fi and horror moving beyond the franchise: “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.”

Cameron on how he will still see any Ridley Scott movie: “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.”

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