Ridley Scott Wants a ‘Hard R’ for ‘Alien: Covenant’

By January 14, 2016

When you are Ridley Scott, you get what you want. Especially lately when your movie, The Martian, has bagged all sorts of awards from Golden Globes to Oscar (nominations), rekindling the positive word of mouth he used to enjoy years back. And now, because of this goodwill, Ridley Scott wants his Prometheus follow up, Alien: Covenant, to be a hard R.

A new report from Bloody-Disgusting (via the video from Screen Slam) has Ridley Scott talking about a number of things backstage after his Golden Globe win for The Martian when, of course, the subject of Alien came up. Being the movie that launched his career, the journalists were quick to ask about what he plans for Covenant, with one reporter supposing that fans of the horror genre are still comparing his seminal work in Alien as the gold standard. This prompted Scott to elaborate,

“That’s why I’m doing it (Alien: Covenant). I’m going to do pretty hard ‘R.’ Pretty tough.”

As the story goes, Ridley Scott tried to avoid an R rating for Prometheus but, for reason we now know (the alien abortion scene in it) the movie didn’t pass standards. Now, he seems to be embracing the rating.

Also according to the report, Ridley Scott is planning something “worse” than the chest bursting scene in Covenant. I don’t know how one can even think of outdoing his, arguably, most famous scene of all time, I just like knowing he is swinging for the fences with this one. He seems invigorated bv the success of The Martian and we, the cinema fans, look to reap the benefits. I love how Ridley is wanting to top his original (in many ways) while also continuing the Prometheus storyline. For in this report by Bloody-Disgusting, they mention an interview from last year where Scott said:

“We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.

This Alien fan is digging everything Ridley Scott is saying. And with some awards in his back pocket giving him a sense of carte blanch heading in to filming Covenant, I think we’re in line for an epic follow up.

Katherine Waterston has landed a lead role in which she will reunite with her Jobs co-star Michael Fassbender. Noomi Rapace is also set to return. Scott and his team will begin shooting down under in Australia with a October 6th, 2017 release date planned.

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  • David Johnson

    Can’t wait to see what He comes up with!!!!!