Joss Whedon Reflects On What Went Wrong With ALIEN: RESURRECTION

The Alien franchise hit a real low point with 1997's Alien: Resurrection. What may surprise you is that The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon had a writing credit on the film. "There is always going to be a shitty Alien movie out there. A shitty Alien movie with my name on it."

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By Josh Wilding - 4/18/2013

Geek God Joss Whedon has done very little wrong over the course of his remarkable career as a writer and director, but Alien: Resurrection was definitely a hugely disappointing addition to his résumé. 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.'"

"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."

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Canon108 - 4/18/2013, 6:17 AM
He likes AvP? There goes some of his credibility. Both Cameron and Scott thought it was [frick]ing terrible...
ndwwrestler2 - 4/18/2013, 6:18 AM
I would feel bad for him...but...

nach1wan - 4/18/2013, 6:19 AM
agree with him, the first avp is awesome... the second... ugh
i actually like alien 4, but it could have been so much better
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 6:20 AM
Could have been worse IMO. I wouldnt call it the worst of the franchise. Alien 3 was pretty bad. AVP was even worse.
thewonderer - 4/18/2013, 6:20 AM
The first AVP is actually decent mindless fun.
nach1wan - 4/18/2013, 6:20 AM
@Canon108 cameron recanted, he ended up liking the first avp, the second is not worth mentioning
scott practically hated every alien thing that came after the first, save aliens
ndwwrestler2 - 4/18/2013, 6:21 AM
@Canon108 People like different stuff, doesn't mean they would use it in their own films.

For example, I'm probably the only user here that didn't hate the prequels. If I were to write a movie of my own, would I use one of the prequel movies for inspiration? Hell no.

But will I pop in Episode 3 into my Blu-Ray whenever I want to watch a movie. Yeah.
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 6:22 AM
The AVP franchise has to much freakin potential though. I wish they would do it justice
TerminalVoyd - 4/18/2013, 6:23 AM
Yeah, he's not had much luck playing in the studio system, particularly with Fox. Of his X-Men, three scenes survived but with the tonal context all but gone. Two worked (the metal detector scene with Wolverine, the scene where Wolverine returns from his fight with Mystique and Cyclops wants proof that he's who he says he is, and the scene between Storm and Toad. That last one, sadly, didn't work out as well as the others. Not even a little.
nach1wan - 4/18/2013, 6:24 AM
@ndwwrestler you are not alone
nach1wan - 4/18/2013, 6:26 AM
@RamonSuarez whedon all the way. success doesnt make abrams a greater geek, although the avengers finally gave whedon some long awaited success
Greengo - 4/18/2013, 6:28 AM
It was better than Serenity.
RorMachine - 4/18/2013, 6:30 AM
See there ya go, there just is no accounting for taste. Alien Resurrection was INFINITELY better than Alien VS Predator IMO..I mean a completely different league. The movie had BIG problems sure, but I thought it was at least watchable.
ndwwrestler2 - 4/18/2013, 6:33 AM
I think Joss Whedon could write one of the best Star Wars movies ever.
thebearjew - 4/18/2013, 6:38 AM
AVP requim was waaay better 3 dudes heads got blown off in that! Lol

yes they ARE bad movies! But ill watch anything with monsters in it
Canon108 - 4/18/2013, 6:39 AM
ndwwrestler2 - 4/18/2013, 6:39 AM
@RamonSuarez Joss Whedon Han Solo movie starring this guy:
KillerTomato - 4/18/2013, 6:47 AM
And director James Cameron's name is plastered all over a terrible movie about flying Piranhas (Part 2) obviously to have one of the top grossing movies of all time, a prerequisite is a terrible film...
thewonderer - 4/18/2013, 6:50 AM

Asserts fanboy comparison

Calls other people names


GodzillaKart - 4/18/2013, 6:51 AM
Prometheus is every bit as bad as Alien: Resurrection. Worse, in fact, because it had the potential to be a decent film.
RorMachine - 4/18/2013, 6:51 AM
RamonSuarez, not seeing it until 2mo and if it is better I'll have no problem admitting it..because I'm not a stubborn, childish, petulant fanboy:)
RorMachine - 4/18/2013, 6:52 AM
Gusto, what! I made that jump dammit.
MrNiklander - 4/18/2013, 6:55 AM
OK I kind liked the first Alien VS Predator movie it was fun but the sequel could have been better
InfiniteMonkey - 4/18/2013, 6:55 AM
Oi, bloke had some growing up to do and this was part of that journey.

I'm so glad he kept going like a professional.
Now look where he is.
A bloody monster producer and a better writer for it.
shadearts - 4/18/2013, 7:02 AM
Yeah I fell asleep on pro-meaningless
TheOneAboveAll - 4/18/2013, 7:02 AM
Finally a confession!
RorMachine - 4/18/2013, 7:04 AM
Never said I hated them..just said I wasn't one of them.

Oh, I do hate them though.

And are you implying that they're the only type of fanboy there are? The only type of people who visit this site? Thankfully they're actually in a minority.
TheOneAboveAll - 4/18/2013, 7:07 AM
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 6:23 AM
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@Canon108 -

Cameron and Scott would - they aren't fanboys. Both probably wouldn't get a show like Buffy the Vampire or a movie like the Avengers. And Alien vs. Predator is one of the ultimate fanboy movies based on a fanboy concept that merges two incredibly popular 1980s monster franchises together in an epic clash for survival. Whedon gets it because he can appreciate the sheer popcorn enjoyment of such a flick."

Are you forgetting that James Cameron made a little show called Dark Angel? and he made Avatar which was visually great but ultimately terrible?

Ridley Scott on the other hand was/is a sci-fi nerd so of course he understands a fanboy concept.
TheOneAboveAll - 4/18/2013, 7:13 AM
@Fettastic thank you for recognizing my comment Fett
ralfinader - 4/18/2013, 7:13 AM
Alien 3 and AvP2 sucked the donkey dick for me, the others were watchable. Alien and Aliens were the best of the series though, with Aliens being a sequel that was superior to the original.
Canon108 - 4/18/2013, 7:17 AM
Avengers was flat too...lot of explosions, but the writing was sloppy, acting was as good as one could hope given the choppy script, abd the directing was uninspiring. It was always a film that would make could put Paul ws Anderson incharge and it would make money.

Whedon's very lucky to have a career indeed.
Ancar - 4/18/2013, 7:25 AM
The real is: take off Joss Whedon and put any other director in front of The Avengers and the movie would make the same success!

The Avengers is a Marvel Studios movie, not a director movie!
TheOneAboveAll - 4/18/2013, 7:27 AM
@RamonSuarez being an SF geek means that you will only get excited or fanboying over very few things. To the level of SF Nerd is something else entirely but I understand and agree with most of the points you have made.
dellamorte1872 - 4/18/2013, 7:30 AM
I LIKE ALL 4 ALIEN FILMS FOR DIFFERENT REASONS, AND I LOVE 3 I SAW IT WHEN IT CAME OUT AT SUNCOAST VIDEO I LOVE THEM ALL. THE 4TH IS WHAT IT IS AND SUCKS THE MOST (it is the fourth!)check out all the extras on the blu-rays. def worth it and you undserstand the reasons behind the problems 3 had
dellamorte1872 - 4/18/2013, 7:44 AM
o please hes being honest PROMETHEUS looked awesome but the story blew! he's only being honest there.
NorrinRaddical - 4/18/2013, 7:44 AM
jeez, am I the only guy that likes A:R ?
Spock - 4/18/2013, 8:10 AM
AvP was pretty good but it should of been out in space. Alien 3 alien was ridiciplous.
jasonicus - 4/18/2013, 8:20 AM
I [frick]ing love this movie. Lol.
RorMachine - 4/18/2013, 8:21 AM
Yes, I'm all about exploiting those fanboys. Every article I post actually carries a special piece of code in the add that activates a chip that has been placed in the heads of all the REALLY annoying fanboys, so that they momentarily come under my control and are forced to click into only my articles. MuUUUhoHAHAHAHA!
Visualiza - 4/18/2013, 8:33 AM
Whedon loses credibility for liking a movie...right. The snobbery of some people knows no bounds.
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