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Ridley Scott plans to top Alien's chestburster scene in Alien: Covenant

01.14.2016

It's been over thirty-five years since the release of Ridley Scott's ALIEN and the film is still just as effective and disturbing as it was that very first time, particularly the iconic chestburster scene which sees the birth of one of the most famous movie monsters in cinema. It's truly a classic scene and one that would be hard for anyone to top, but Ridley Scott plans on doing just that in the upcoming ALIEN: COVENANT. The director spoke backstage at the Golden Globes and revealed that he plans on bringing us something "much worse" than that scene in ALIEN: COVENANT.

I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien], I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse.

I can't imagine what he has in mind that could possibly be as effective as that original scene, but I'm already anxious to find out. Ridley Scott also commented on the rating that he's shooting for with ALIEN: COVENANT, and while the answer doesn't come as any surprise, Scott said that he's going for "a pretty hard R." Works for me.

A synopsis for ALIEN: COVENANT:

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

ALIEN: COVENANT will hit theaters on October 6, 2017.

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Source: Screen Slam

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2:08PM on 01/15/2016
anything is better than prometheshit. but this actually sounds great...we'll see how much studio influence is in this film.
anything is better than prometheshit. but this actually sounds great...we'll see how much studio influence is in this film.
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10:34AM on 01/15/2016

I cannot be more excited

ABOUT ALL OF THIS, but, if he wants to "top" that scene, do not talk about it, or continue talking and as someone said, dropping hints. Keep things under wrap, give us minor updates, if at all. I know the (movie/internet) world doesn't work like that anymore (with J.J.Abrams exceptions). If we are anticipating all these cool things and anticipating an even "crazier" chestburster scene, then are we not set up for disappointment? Just scare the shit out of us without saying what's coming.
ABOUT ALL OF THIS, but, if he wants to "top" that scene, do not talk about it, or continue talking and as someone said, dropping hints. Keep things under wrap, give us minor updates, if at all. I know the (movie/internet) world doesn't work like that anymore (with J.J.Abrams exceptions). If we are anticipating all these cool things and anticipating an even "crazier" chestburster scene, then are we not set up for disappointment? Just scare the shit out of us without saying what's coming.
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10:18AM on 01/15/2016

So excited for this movie

I loved Prometheus and always thought it was greatly underrated. Never understood the hate or back handed compliments people gave this movie. Visually it makes a case for the prettiest looking film of all time. It's one of those movies you wouldn't mind them re-releasing in 3D IMAX before the sequel comes out. Prometheus had one of the more original plots in Hollywood in a long long time lets be honest. They didn't sell out like the Terminator or Die Hard franchise and make it PG-13 so they
I loved Prometheus and always thought it was greatly underrated. Never understood the hate or back handed compliments people gave this movie. Visually it makes a case for the prettiest looking film of all time. It's one of those movies you wouldn't mind them re-releasing in 3D IMAX before the sequel comes out. Prometheus had one of the more original plots in Hollywood in a long long time lets be honest. They didn't sell out like the Terminator or Die Hard franchise and make it PG-13 so they could sell a few more tickets. They put together an amazing cast. Watching Fassbender play David was awesome and can't wait for more. I'll bet that people who bashed Prometheus have seen it as many times as I have and will probably be some of the first to go see it.
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9:31AM on 01/15/2016
I wish Scott would get to the production already and stop dropping hints every week.
I wish Scott would get to the production already and stop dropping hints every week.
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8:17AM on 01/15/2016
That really throws down the shock 'gauntlet' doesn't it? Bringing up the chestburster scene and touting a hard R rating? He's really going to have to do something special to live up to that. Personally I enjoyed Prometheus, idiotic scientists' decisions aside, and am always happy to see Ridley Scott dishing up some gritty sci-fi.
That really throws down the shock 'gauntlet' doesn't it? Bringing up the chestburster scene and touting a hard R rating? He's really going to have to do something special to live up to that. Personally I enjoyed Prometheus, idiotic scientists' decisions aside, and am always happy to see Ridley Scott dishing up some gritty sci-fi.
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12:03AM on 01/15/2016

The Nutsquisher Alien

Obviously.
Obviously.
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9:13PM on 01/14/2016
The birthing scene in Prometheus is pretty messed up too..but you have time to prepare. The chestburster scene pulls you with false security than sprays Jihn Hurts guts all over that security.
The birthing scene in Prometheus is pretty messed up too..but you have time to prepare. The chestburster scene pulls you with false security than sprays Jihn Hurts guts all over that security.
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7:34AM on 01/15/2016
Yep, agree 100%. I love scenes in movies/shows that start of innocuous enough but end up pulling the rug from under you to leave your jaw hanging.
Yep, agree 100%. I love scenes in movies/shows that start of innocuous enough but end up pulling the rug from under you to leave your jaw hanging.
8:31PM on 01/14/2016
Excited for this, but it feels more like an Alien sequel than an actual Prometheus sequel.
Excited for this, but it feels more like an Alien sequel than an actual Prometheus sequel.
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9:59PM on 01/14/2016
Which is why it shouldn't be called ALIEN: Covanent. That bothers me. I liked that Prometheus was its own thing in the same universe.
Which is why it shouldn't be called ALIEN: Covanent. That bothers me. I liked that Prometheus was its own thing in the same universe.
7:35AM on 01/15/2016
I think he must find it difficult. Call it Prometheus 2 and he is in danger of losing interest from those who didn't like the film (I enjoyed it, by the way) and call it Alien and you lose those who actually enjoyed Prometheus. Either way, I have faith that it'll be worth a watch.
I think he must find it difficult. Call it Prometheus 2 and he is in danger of losing interest from those who didn't like the film (I enjoyed it, by the way) and call it Alien and you lose those who actually enjoyed Prometheus. Either way, I have faith that it'll be worth a watch.
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