And he's pushing for a 'pretty hard R' for the film.
Don’t expect Ridley Scott’s next outer-space movie to win him another Golden Globe for Best Comedy.
Speaking to the press after his Globes win, The Martian director reminisced about making the first Alien and how it set the bar for the upcoming sequel, Alien: Covenant. Scott explained that, through repetitive viewings during the editing process, he’d grown numb to Alien‘s scariest moments. But after witnessing an audience’s reaction to the now-iconic chestburster scene, Scott understood what he had — and it’s something he hopes to top in Covenant.
“I felt a sense of responsibility of had I gone too far,” he said. “Because it was extreme, it was extreme. I’m going to try to do that again this year, but much worse.”
Scott was addressing a question about whether audiences still want more adult science fiction from their films. Scott said with Covenant that “I think I’m going to do pretty hard R, pretty tough.”
All four original Alien films, as well as Prometheus and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, garnered an R rating, while the original Alien vs. Predator was PG-13.
Convenant will both serve as a sequel to Prometheus and begin what Ridley has described as the first of three films that “will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979.” Covenant will follow the crew of the titular ship, which stumbles across a world with only one inhabitant, the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender) from Prometheus.
Watch Scott’s full interview below.