Ridley Scott "Wasn't Happy" ALIENS And BLADE RUNNER 2049 Were Made Without His Involvement

Ridley Scott "Wasn't Happy" ALIENS And BLADE RUNNER 2049 Were Made Without His Involvement

Filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott has reflected on not being involved with the Alien and Blade Runner sequels, admitting he was unhappy seeing them move forward with him. Find his comments in full right here...

By JoshWilding - Jul 02, 2024 06:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Movies
Source: Vanity Fair

Alien and Blade Runner both spawned sequels, albeit without Sir Ridley Scott behind the camera. James Cameron helmed the now-classic Aliens, with David Fincher later taking charge of the poorly-received, yet still fondly remembered, Alien 3

As for Blade Runner 2049, that saw Dune director Denis Villeneuve take charge of what proved to be a worthy follow-up to Scott's groundbreaking 1982 original. 

Talking to Vanity Fair about Gladiator II, Scott confirmed he was never asked to direct sequels to either movie or told about their development while it was happening. He blames that on being a relatively new filmmaker and having little interest in making follow-ups at the time. 

"I was slow out the starting gate," Scott admits. "I mean, I should have done the sequels to 'Alien' and to 'Blade Runner.' You change over the years. At that time, I didn’t want to go through it again. So Jim Cameron came in - and then David Fincher - on 'Alien.'"

"I’m the author of two franchises. Most directors in Hollywood - certainly, let’s say, at my level - don’t let that stuff go. But I did 'Alien' as my second movie, so I didn’t have much choice," he explains. "And ‘Blade Runner’ was my third movie. So, I had no choice because I had very tough partners."

"It was kind of 'Welcome to Hollywood.' I was never told or asked [about sequels]. You can imagine I wasn’t happy."

Scott has previously said he regrets not helming Blade Runner 2049; he will, however, executive produce the upcoming Blade Runner 2099 TV series, likely giving him far more creative control in the process. 

The director is also thought to have given his seal of approval to Fede Alvarez's upcoming Alien: Romulus, though his involvement with that franchise (and Noah Hawley's TV spin-off) is likely minimal.  

Understandably, Scott was keen to take charge of Gladiator II and we recently got a first look at that sequel before its November release. He did step behind the camera to work on more Alien projects, of course, though his prequels - Prometheus and Alien: Covenant - drew a mixed reception and struggled at the box office. 

"I shouldn't have had to make that decision [to step down]. But I had to. I should have done Blade Runner 2," Scott said last year. "I have to be careful what I say. It was f***ing way too long. F*** me! And most of that script’s mine."

Are you glad that Scott is in charge of Gladiator II

ALIEN: ROMULUS Final Trailer Reveals The Terrible, Bloody Consequences Of A Space Heist Gone Horribly Wrong
Related:

ALIEN: ROMULUS Final Trailer Reveals The Terrible, Bloody Consequences Of A Space Heist Gone Horribly Wrong

ALIEN: ROMULUS Director Fede Alvarez Reveals Surprising Source Of Inspiration For Chestburster Scene
Recommended For You:

ALIEN: ROMULUS Director Fede Alvarez Reveals Surprising Source Of Inspiration For Chestburster Scene

DISCLAIMER: SFFGazette.com is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]

SFFGazette.com, and/or the user who contributed this post, may earn commissions or revenue through clicks or purchases made through any third-party links contained within the content above.

Be the first to comment and get the conversation going!

Please log in to post comments.

Don't have an account?
Please Register.

View Recorder