Joss Whedon Talks Why ALIEN: RESURRECTION Will Always Be His “Greatest Failure”

Let’s face it, the Alien franchise took a major dump with Alien: Resurrection. What you may not know is, Joss Whedon (Buffy, The Avengers, Cabin In The Woods) had a writing credit on the films script. He talks about the film and how it still hangs over his head to this day. Read on for the rest.

There is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it.” Whedon has said.

In a recent interview with Total Film Magazine, Whedon was asked to share his thoughts on Prometheus and to reflect on his own contribution the franchise. “Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless,” he joked. “In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. ‘Yup, there you go. That’s me feeling even lower.’ Let me quote King Lear – ‘The worst is not, so long as we can say, “This is the worst.'”

alien ressurrection“Casting is storytelling,” he added when asked about what his experience working on the Jean-Pierre Jeunet helmed movie taught him. “I wrote two characters for Alien: Resurrection and their arc was that you would not know what way they were going to go. One of them turned out to be insane – and what do they do? They call Brad Dourif. So there is no plot twist. Brad is a very good actor but he has been pigeonholed into these roles. Then they case J.E. Freeman as a thug – and his character was also supposed to be a mystery. So there you go again – the mystery is gone. Those are just a couple of examples because there are thousands of them when it comes to Alien: Resurrection.”

As for whether or not how Alien: Resurrection turned out continues to bother him, it turns out that despite the huge level of success he has since achieved, he won’t forget it any time soon. “Yeah – you don’t ever get over it. When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the internet. So there is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it.” However, he must at least feel a bit better knowing that the terrible Alien vs. Predator movies would eventually prove to be THE perfect example of a bad Alien film. Right? “I actually like the first Alien vs. Predator. I’m a Paul W. S. Anderson fan.”

Was Alien Resurrection THAT bad? What say you?


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