Speaking to Heat Vision this week, spoke about the Alien franchise and has said that sequels just don’t work for this kind of thing.
“There’s only ever the one. It’s like trying to do a sequel to ‘2001’. Fundamentally, you can’t. Really, with the greatest respect to ‘Star Wars,’ the best film by far is the one that George directed, right? By miles. It was unique. It was absolutely wonderful to me. It was the fairy story of all fairy stories in space. And to follow through is a tough call. So, same with ‘Alien’.
Interestingly enough, I was never asked to do the sequel. Maybe because I was such a tough guy when I was doing it they didn’t want me back. But I was also in the habit of not wanting to do a sequel then either. So I would never have done it.”
So what our lesson here is, is that you can’t make a movie that comes after Alien, and that Aliens isn’t worth a mention. Because the first film can’t be bested.
But you can make crappy prequels? Apparently the seal of approval in Scott’s own head, depends on whether or not he’s directing.