‘Alien 5′: Sigourney Weaver Wants to Finish Ripley’s Story

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A lot was going on at The Hero Complex Film Festival including an event honoring Ellen Ripley with a double feature of Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens.

What made this such a special is that Sigourney Weaver was on hand to speak about the 35-year-old franchise that’s spawned multiple sequels and a spinoff.

While you’ll find the nitty gritty over at Collider, the biggest story to break is that Weaver is still open to returning as Ripley in a fifth Alien.

The long-gestured Alien 5 has never been kept secret as it’s always been alluded to that it would send Ripley back to the Xenomorph planet to destroy it, killing the creatures once and for all.

Weaver tells the audience that she would return if the situation were right, and that includes hiring a director that shares her vision.

I feel after going to a couple of these Comic Cons and meeting so many fans who are so passionate about the series, passionate about Ripley — that there’s more story to tell; but I don’t know how to do that. I don’t think Alien belongs on Earth popping out of a haystack, which is where I was afraid it was going to go. I feel it should take place in the far reaches of the universe where no one in their right mind would go. There are very few filmmakers that I can think of that I would want to entrust this to. But I can think of a couple… I feel there’s a longing in certain groups of fans when I meet them for the story to be finished because we really left it up in the air and I feel a bit badly about that because I was part of that decision making process. I didn’t want to make four and five in a bundle. I think it’s hard to make these films all in a big lump. You need time to sort of let things resonate so I can imagine a situation where we could at least finish telling her story. I think that would be very satisfying at least to me — although I haven’t done anything about it; but I can understand why that could happen and I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing that. So we’ll just have to see what happens.

Her attitude hasn’t changed much since the last time she spoke about it, but it’s nice to know that she personally feels a lack of resolve, and would like to see Ripley’s arc come to an end.

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  • J Jett

    don’t get me wrong, i love Sigourney and i love Ripley but what else CAN they do with the character. she should have stayed dead at the end of ALIEN3. that was a heroic, satisfying death. her whole clone deal….(i do enjoy parts of ALIEN4)…what needs to be wrapped up with that? she’s going to sacrifice her life…AGAIN? or…???

    • markemark

      Bonus content on the quadrilogy box set stated part 4 was originally scripted with the premise part 3 was going to be a dream, that Newt, Ripley and Hicks were sleeping and that would solve everything. Then it switched to the wooden church planet or something like that, it’s been years since I watched it but I remember Biehn was visibly upset that part 3 destroyed the family.Even though they were in hypersleep chambers, they could go the route that they still age. Makes me think of T5

      • c-s-a78

        very interesting!

      • J Jett

        mark, i didn’t realize all this! i was irked that they killed off Hicks & Newt too! knowing they had planned on continuing that storyline but didn’t is indeed a bummer.

  • Golic

    it’s over, it was called ALIEN 3; and it was amazing.

  • part6productions

    Hopefully she can be involved in an Alien/Predator crossover that the fans deserve to see.

    • markemark

      Uh, no thanks. Might as well cast her in Resident Evil or Underworld.

      • Nicolas Caiveau

        I’d actually love to see her as a female version of Viktor in a future Underworld movie…

  • zigwardScissorHands

    Part of me says “yes another alien movie”! Most of me says “forget it”. It should have ended with 3. Resurrection was ok but was kind of made as filler, just because it could be. 3 gets a lot of hate but I think it was a fitting end. Since Resurrection the series has been a mess, the AVP spinoffs sucked and looking back they probably never should have been attempted anyway. And Prometheus is one hell of a polarizing movie. I’d be happy to call it a day on the franchise.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’ve really been wanting Alien 5, none of this Prometheus stuff. Sigourney’s on board, there shouldn’t be a reason somebody great can’t go forward with this.

    • SubSumeYou

      No way.

  • http://doomas10 doomas10

    Yes! I loved Resurrection but frankly since Alien 3 the whole studio interference is getting annoying. Hire a visionary director, a talented screenwriter and let them do their thing. Space sci-fi needs to come back to its roots and the Alien has to reclaim its scary crown!

    • Weresmurf

      Imagine if Del Toro stepped into this universe for just one movie and brought his Devils Backbone/Pans Labyrinth sensibilities with him…

      • http://doomas10 doomas10

        I will be shitting enough bricks to build the pyramids, that’s for sure!

  • Weresmurf

    More Aliens is fine, but not with Ripley. Please. Time to move away from that. Go to the idea of people colonising planets, farms in outposts, not just terraformers, but actual full settlements, then have a ship come along and ‘seed’ the planet or something. A different approach to the normal ‘Hey look what we found!’ thing. Have the Engineers actively seeding planets for once.

    • J Jett

      weresmurf, i actually love your idea! having the Engineers actively seeding planets is really (wonderfully) disturbing and cool!

      • Weresmurf

        It’d be a neat way to bring Prometheus back into the fold after a misguided but well meaning movie. (Hopefully Prometheus 2 will be better). Personally, I’d love to see the Aliens impregnating the wildlife, different variations on the Aliens around the place. Much like the first AVP comic in the early 90s. You can still angle it towards horror but we just need some sort of variety.

    • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

      Like J Jett, I’m also loving this idea!
      How soon can you have the script done?

      • Weresmurf

        lol I’m an english teacher, I’ll have my Grade 8′s crank out something equivelant to an Orci script this week lol.

        • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

          How wonderful! ^_^

          • Weresmurf

            lmao thanks :) Still pre-service, but teaching atm in a school. Wonderful kids. Still convinced I can do better than Orci and Kurtzman? lmfao

          • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

            Absolutely!

    • Gabbi Cordero

      i agree. i’m over her character and Clone 8 isn’t compelling enough to hold my attention or interest for 2 hours. The star of the show is the Alien and it’s biology and backstory are exotic enough to mine for intriguing story-telling. Time to leave the past behind and put the focus where it belongs.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    Now that Whedon has so much more influence I’d like to see him take a second shot at a script for an Alien movie. Get him writing it, get Scott directing and I think we’d be onto something.

    • Jai Jessimy

      No more whedon please. He’s not right for the Alien Franchise

      • Chandler Of-Adelaide

        No more? If you’re referring to Resurrection, most of what’s wrong with that was executives and producers meddling and wanting things changed and added etc, not Whedon.

  • El_Jay

    I’m for it. Unless they do some kind of prequel with her character? (I have seen Prometheus btw). If they hadn’t killed Newt, she should have been the main focus after Ripley dies in 3.

  • AutographVirus

    Get Cameron back and consider it a deal!

  • VictorCrowley

    Would love to see this happen. And remember that stranger, more initially laughed at things have happened, and they ended up being surprisingly good. Rocky 6 immediately comes to mind. This could work if the right minds are allowed to create and tell the story.

  • Gabbi Cordero

    I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Scream Queen, a doubtless uncontested staple of our favorite genre – from the shower scene of Psycho, to the heir apparent of Halloween, to the first scream in Scream. As much as I try to separate actress and character, I have to admit, Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is my least favorite and most exaggerated.

    First she liked the Ripley character because the role wasn’t a gruff military type spitting one liners and chewing scenery, yet that is exactly what her character was relegated to by the fourth installment. You can use the scapegoat of “well it’s a
    clone you see”, but you, me and she know that’s a lame cop out. She and you refer to the character as Ripley, not the Clone so consider that a pre-emptive “shut the hell up”.

    Her flawed reasoning that “Well Harrison Ford made another Indiana Jones and Stallone made another Rambo” is about as apples and orange as you can get. Those movies were action films, Alien is not/never was. More importantly those actors were not only the stars of those movies but the movie was ABOUT the hero, the names of the protagonist are in the title. Brace yourselves horror fans, because the star of the show is the Alien, not Sigourney Weaver. The title of the film is called Alien, not Ripley.

    Sigourney Weaver’s misconceived place in the history of film and horror is grossly overrated and misunderstood. People speak of her as if she was this deep and intricate character, when in fact, she does nothing of significance in the first film and is barely a character throughout the films run time until the very end where she enters “final girl” territory.

    For far too long, the going opinion has been that she was this major contributing factor to the film’s success. I’m afraid not. Ridley Scott’s portrayal of Dan O’Bannon’s script using HR Giger’s iconic monster is what cements that film into the annals of cinema history. Similarly, it was James Cameron’s metaphor for Vietnam in space that propelled the series into the stratosphere. Was the family
    dynamic between Ripley, Newt, and Hicks an emotional anchor? Yes. Was Ripley’s treatment by executives indicative of authority figures regard for women? Damn straight. Is the Power Loader battle iconic? You bet your ass it is.

    My argument, however, goes against the grain of conventional opinion that Ripley was such this driving force for the film. Sigourney Weaver did not have anything to do with the creature design, nor the compelling story we were treated to for the first two films that this franchise in known for. However, what she did play a hand in as a decision maker, which has eluded many a fan, is the two films that began the steady plummet of this film series Alien 3 and Resurrection, for which she took on producer credits.

    IGN was quoted as once endorsing the film as there is still a “Jekyll and Hyde thing going on with Ripley that fans want to see play out”. Exactly what dichotomy was Clone 8 demonstrating other than just acting weird? At no point in the film was there a fork in the road where she had to choose one species or another, where the audience or her contemporaries questioned her loyalties. Give me a break.

    No kidding another film would “very satisfying” to her. She wants a payday and relevancy.

    • VictorCrowley

      By this logic there’s no reason for Halloween H20 to exist. I thought that was a good idea that was received pretty well.

  • Samael

    If she were to actually go through with this, I’d get the vasectomy my wife was asking me about getting. I know I’ll be safe…

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    But Ripley’s journey IS over. She’s dead… In Alien 4 it’s a hybrid clone, not the real Ripley.

  • SubSumeYou

    Ripley’s time is over. No more alien series. Prometheus 2 is on the way but Michael Greene is troublesome.

  • Baby PoundCake

    Bring on the Xenomorphs!!!