There are aliens out there, says Ridley Scott


By Fiachra Gibbons, AFP

PARIS — “Alien” creator Ridley Scott said Thursday that he was convinced that they were aliens out there — and that one day they will come for us. The veteran director said he believed in alien beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, “Alien: Covenant,” next month. “I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous. “The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now. “So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,” he joked. “Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.” “Alien: Covenant” the second of the prequel films, is set in 2104 on board a spaceship carrying 2,000 cryogenically frozen colonists to a distant planet when they chance upon an uncharted paradise. But their voyage soon turns into a gory nightmare that makes “Alien”’s original “chestbuster” scene seem tame. ‘Hideous beyond belief’

The “neomorph” aliens in the new film are based on the goblin shark “which has a jaw which hinges in two ways. It’s scary, hideous beyond belief actually,” Scott said. The 79-year-old British-born director — who was also the brains behind “Blade Runner” — said he never tired or scaring people out of their skins. “When I did the first ‘Alien’ I had to get a sense of responsibility because the reaction to the kitchen (“chestbuster”) scene with John Hurt was beyond anything I expected — and it was not good,” he told AFP.