Although there David Fincher, James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet have all explored the Alien universe (to varying degrees), Ridley Scott, thanks to 2012’s Prometheus and now Alien: Covenant, is pretty much the main voice of the franchise. Although visual spectacle is part of Scott’s aesthetic, he’s also building on the complex themes he developed in Prometheus with Alien: Covenant.

The latest installment, however, expands on the dangerous life forms that showed up at the end of Prometheus, and though Alien: Covenant has its share of cerebral and eye catching compositions (Scott pays a subtle homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001), the film’s foundation lies in its ability to scare people out of their seats. Having theatrical trained actors like Billy Crudup and Katherine Waterston helped Scott confidently deliver the appropriate chills.

“When you’re doing a film like this which is constantly people dying and constantly stressful and in a constant show of fear,” said Scott. “There’s many colors of fear. There’s many colors of remorse. There’s many colors of everything and a person who has theater background – they dig deep and they can pull that out. So they helped enormously.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Scott talks about the evolution of the AI characters in the Alien films (Ian Holm played Ash in the Ridley Scott directed original, with Michael Fassbender playing the latest AI Walter with Alien: Covenant):

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19.

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