Ridley Scott directed the science fiction classic “Alien” 33 years ago and in the process launched a long-running, billion-dollar movie franchise. Whether or not you are a fan of the chest-busting, face-hugging creatures, there is no denying that each of the “Alien” movies made a huge impact on the public and featured talented directors in the chair.
After “Alien,” Scott branched out and made the classic science fiction film “Blade Runner” in 1982. Since then his films have continued to impress audiences and critics alike, cumulating in five Oscar wins, including best picture, for 2000’s “Gladiator.”
But Scott isn’t the only director to make a successful career from “Alien.”
The original “Alien” has three sequels. The first sequel, “Aliens,” was in 1986 directed by James Cameron, who would later helm “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
The second sequel, “Alien 3,” released in 1992, was the feature-length debut of David Fincher
In the coming years, Fincher would go on to direct “Seven,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and most recently, the Hollywood remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
The next film was “Alien Resurrection,” which takes place 200 years after “Alien 3,” directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in 1997.
Soon after that, the world recognized Jeunet through his direction of “Amelie” and “A Very Long Engagement.” Interestingly, “Alien Resurrection” was written by Joss Whedon, who also wrote or worked on movies like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Toy Story.”
Since his “Alien” gig, Whedon has been most active on the small screen, with many writer, creator and director credits on TV series including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” “The Office” and an episode of “Glee.”
Returning to the big screen recently, Whedon wrote “Cabin in the Woods” and “The Avengers,” which he also directed.
The worldwide grosses increased with each new “Alien” sequel, but Scott’s “Alien” remains as the one best received by critics.
Scott returns to his science fiction roots by directing “Prometheus,” the latest film in the “Alien” franchise. This time, Scott worked with science fiction thriller writer Jon Spaihts and co-creator of TV series “Lost,” Damon Lindelof.
Scott’s return to sci-fi after 30 years has received a lot of attention. The curiosity is not limited to seeing what kind of new monsters that he can create. His first and only “Alien” movie spawned three sequels and earned a place in popular culture.