Ridley Scott Thinks Alien Should Be on the Same Level as Star Wars
Ridley Scott thinks the Alien series should be on the same level as other science fiction franchises, such as Star Trek and Star Wars. The acclaimed filmmaker made a name for himself by directing the 1979 film, Alien, which was based on a screenplay from Dan O’Bannon and famously starred Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, along with Tom Skerritt as Dallas, Ian Holm as Ash, and many others. Alien opened to near-universal acclaim and became a smashing success at the worldwide box office. Alien eventually spawned a sequel, Aliens, which was directed by The Terminator‘s James Cameron and released in 1986, seven years after Scott’s first installment. The sequel received overwhelming acclaim from critics and was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Aliens also went on to earn $131 million at the worldwide box office, approximately $27 million more than the 1979 film. It didn’t take long for 20th Century Fox to realize that they had an expansive multimedia franchise on their hands, which was exploited in sequels, prequels, comics, novels, and video games, among many other things. But despite numerous installments and expansions, the Alien franchise remains behind some of the world’s biggest multimedia properties – and that’s
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