After winning the coveted Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical for The Martian last Sunday, Ridley Scott did what he does second best: talk about his future projects. Scott seems to be particularly chatty these days about his next movie Alien: Covenant, the halfway between prequel, sequel and reboot of the Prometheus and Alien series. No new specific plot details were offered, but in a general way, Scott confirmed the content of the film, and he said it will be worthy of a “hard R” rating. And while it’s good to know that Scott won’t spare us the blood and gore in his new Alien movie, it’s worth pointing out that squeamishness was not one of the problems with Prometheus.
Here’s what Scott had to say while backstage at the Golden Globes last Sunday (as reported by Screen Slam):
“I’m going to do a hard R. It’s going to be pretty tough. I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was. The reaction of people was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse.”
Alien: Covenant is expected to follow the further adventures of David, the morally ambiguous android played by Michael Fassbender in Prometheus, and a new spaceship called Covenant, onboard which is supposed to be a character connected to Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Weaver‘s iconic character from the first four Alien movies. Aside from Fassbender, Katherine Waterson is the only confirmed cast member so far.
Check out Scott’s full comment from the Globes in the video below:
Alien: Covenant is expected to begin shooting next month for a Summer 2017 release date.