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Ridley Scott Talks ‘Alien: Covenant’ and His Fears for the Future

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Early in his career, Ridley Scott gave us two of science-fiction’s greatest films: “Alien” and “Blade Runner”, the second being based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electrical Sheep?

Now, almost 40 years later, Scott is returning to the “Alien” universe with “Alien: Covenant”, which is currently playing in Australian and U.K. cinemas.

When asked if he thinks the future has turned out better or worse since the first film, Scott said “the same.” The director went on to explain that you can see both de-evolution and evolution in “Blade Runner”, and that the second, while beautiful, has a dark side to it.

“Tech and science is with us,” Scott told CNET. “It’s moving so fast now. It’s faster than flight travel.”

“The digital world is screaming past our ears,” he said. “God only knows where we’ll be in 20 years time.”

He added that he is “hoping that we can deal with the fact that we’re melting. The earth is going to end up as a desert if we don’t watch it.”

Scott first revisited the franchise in 2012 with “Prometheus”, which garnered mixed reviews from both fans and critics. Overall, the prequel looked good visually, as do almost all of Scott’s films. However, it arguably lacked a solid story and the overall depth of the original Alien.

He recently told Yahoo! Movies what he felt went wrong with “Prometheus”. “It went straight up there and we discovered from it that [the fans] were frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his moth. So I thought, ‘Wow, okay, I’m wrong.’”

Scott added: “The fans, in a funny kind of way—they’re not the final word—but they are the reflection of your doubts about something and then you realize ‘I was wrong’ or ‘I was right.’ I think that’s where it comes in. I think you’re not sensible if you don’t actually take [the fans’ reaction] into account.”

Alien: Covenant” is a direct sequel to Prometheus and stars Michael Fassbender, who will be taking on the role of duel androids: Walter, who assists the crew aboard the titular spacecraft, and the sinister David, a former crew member of the ill-fated Prometheus ship.

Perhaps, the two characters are meant to show both the pros and cons of artificial intelligence, a theme that Scott has toyed with throughout his works. He concluded that if we continue making advancements in travel, we would eventually see people being sent out into space with no intentions of ever returning. Basically a suicide mission of sorts, to see how far we can go.

Blade Runner 2049″ will also be released on October 6 of this year. Scott passed the directing duties for the long-awaited sequel over to Denis Villeneuve, but is still producing the project. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K. Sounds Kafkaesque, doesn’t it?

Alien: Covenant” hits theaters in the U.S. on May 19.

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