Will Alien: Covenant Lead to a Rejuvenation of the Franchise?

The prequel to the 1979 space epic starring Sigourney Weaver was designed to attract modern day audiences to the earlier films

After the immense success of the original Alien series, Ridley Scott returned to the director’s chair to reinvigorate the franchise with Prometheus in 2012. The prequel to the 1979 space epic starring Sigourney Weaver was designed to attract modern day audiences to the earlier films, but with a total box office take of $404.4 million, it wasn’t the success that Scott and 20th Century Fox had hoped for. Alien: Covenant has been met with positive reviews, though, and could lead to a number of other additions to the much-loved franchise.

The latest offering from sci-fi master Scott has received mixed reviews, but the general consensus is that the new film is a major improvement on its predecessor. Robbie Collin of The Telegraph described it as “terror on a towering scale” with a glowing 5-star review, while The Guardian’s Wendy Ide thought it was a “monstrous mashup” and only awarded 3 stars. Ide did think the action was spot on, but said that the clunky dialogue let the film down. Forbes believes that the box office takings suggest that the film is only being viewed by hard-core fans of the series, though, with projection suggesting that Covenant will only pull in around $250 million worldwide, which would be a considerable amount less than Prometheus.

Even though the film isn’t doing too well commercially, the strength of the story could help coax Weaver back to the fold to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. The star of the original series has said in the past that she would like to make another sequel, as she believes that Alien: Resurrection didn’t provide a conclusive ending.

Another way to boost the franchise would be to produce more games relating to it to reach wider audiences. In the past, there have been plenty of games based on the Alien series, and some of them have received excellent feedback. The 1996 Alien Trilogy for PlayStation was a massive hit, with an impressive score of 4.2/5 on Emuparadise. There is also an Aliens Slot from NetEnt which is one of the most popular bitcoin casino games on the market. The 15 payline video slot features three levels, with the main mission being to destroy the hive before the aliens catch you.

This year, developers Fox Innovation Lab are creating a virtual reality Alien game which is designed to be one of the scariest games ever made. A spokesman said: “viewers will discover the true meaning of terror as they navigate through horrifying alien environments and a story where every decision could mean the difference between life and death.”

If the VR game doesn’t scare users senseless it could be a good way to attract more people to the franchise. And if Weaver decides that she wants to follow through on a sequel to her last appearance there are certainly plenty of directions in which the series could be taken. As it stands, though, Alien: Covenant alone may not be enough to totally reboot the once so popular film franchise.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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