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After two Alien films building up Michael Fassbender's multiple android personas, it looks like that work may be paying off. As luck would have it, Ridley Scott recently admitted he is eyeing a new approach to villainy in the world of Xenomorphs and humans, and that approach means the focus will be on one thing: killer A.I. During a recent interview, Scott made as much abundantly clear, as he said the following:
We are [going to make another], we are, I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff. People say, 'You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,' so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that's more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.
Ridley Scott's interest in evil androids certainly made itself apparent in both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, as the films balanced the creation of the eventual species of the Xenomorphs with the machinations of mechanized menace David. An android who became obsessed with the wholesale destruction of the human race, Michael Fassbender's role was given a pretty big upgrade in Scott's most recent sequel. Now, lately Ridley's talk about the franchise has been trending towards making synthetics a bigger presence in the series on the whole. It's a decision that, while it sounds counterintuitive, could make good sense.
Some spoilers for Covenant can be found in this paragraph. With the creation of the Xenomorphs, as well as the history of human encounters between Elizabeth Shaw and Ellen Ripley being finite story material, future Alien sequels could start to mine the connection between Fassbender's David and Ian Holm's Ash. The first synthetic in the legendary sci-fi series, Ash tried to help the Weyland-Yutani Corporation mine the Xenomorphs with the help / sacrifice of the Nostromo crew. So with the ending of Alien: Covenant showing David getting cozy with the MUTHUR computer system that would later be revisited in the era of Alien, it's a good bet there's enough uncovered story that Scott's remarks to EW hint at a lot of dots that are about to be connected.
For the moment, the Alien franchise is in stasis, with Ridley Scott's next film, All The Money In The World, hitting theaters on December 22nd. After which, Scott will go on to direct his adaptation of Don Winslow's The Cartel. To see what else is coming to theaters, take a look at our full schedule.