Given his CV, it should come as no surprise that Ridley Scott believes aliens exist, or that he’s confident that these heretofore undiscovered life-forms are “superior beings.” Still, those counting on the horror of the Alien franchise being somehow allegorical in nature can ready themselves for a life of willful denial once they hear Scott’s predictive description of first contact. As he told Sky News, not only does he “believe in superior beings” and “think it is certainly likely,” but he also sees that superiority as marking our doom. “When you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,” he advised, explaining, “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.” The coward’s way out it is, then — sold! Sorry, Ripley. We admire your guts, of course, just from an extremely safe distance.
Ridley Scott. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA