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Ridley Scott Says Future ‘Alien’ Prequels *Could* Digitally De-Age Sigourney Weaver

If Peter Cushing can be brought back to life, anything is possible.

It’s no secret by now that Ridley Scott is planning a new series of prequels that will lead directly into the events of 1979’s Alien. Prometheus kicked off that universe, so to speak, and next month’s Alien: Covenant will be exploring those connections even further. At this time, the plan is for two more prequels to follow in the wake of Covenant – but will we ever see Ripley again?

In an interview found in the new issue of Empire Mag, Ridley Scott was asked about the possibility of a future Alien film using advanced digital technology to literally de-age Sigourney Weaver so that she could reprise the role of a young Ellen Ripley. In recent years, actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Douglas have been de-aged; and if any horror franchise can afford the technology, it’s definitely the Alien series. As it turns out, Scott is mulling over the idea.

Here’s the interesting excerpt from Empire:

It has been rumored that an appearance from Ripley will be teased in Alien: Covenant – some believe that Ripley is the daughter of new heroine Daniels – but even if she doesn’t appear this year, it seems very likely that we’ll be meeting up with her again in the future. After all, you can’t lead into the events of Alien without really going for it and bringing Ripley back into the fold.

Should be exciting, no matter how this all plays out!

Alien: Covenant takes off for Paradise on May 19, 2017.

[Related] New Featurette Reveals Ripley’s Connection to ‘Alien: Covenant’?



  • Vesuvian Villain

    Leave Ripley alone asswipe. Tarkin and Leia looked weird as shit in Rogue One and everybody agrees with me. Everybody. All of you reading this. Everybody who never even saw Rogue One. The blind. Cats and Dogs. Giraffes. Everybody.

    The technology still isn’t there to overcome the uncanny valley. Give it another 10 years.

    • Tweedy


    • Ted C

      I hate when they can’t overcome the “uncanny valley”….and everyone agrees with me. Everyone.

  • Sulphurdew

    What a joke. And to think I was looking forward to this a year ago.

    • Judge Satchmo

      Sweet sassy mo, this comment completes me.

  • ThisGuy01

    At SXSW they confirmed Daniels was NOT related to Ripley. It was a rumor that got traction online.
    As for a digitally de-aged Ripley? His response reads to me as if the question was phrased to him & he just responded “Yeah, sure you could do that. Moving on”.

    • DrewHamster

      I’d be okay with her being related, but kinda glad to hear she isn’t. And yeah Scott’s response read like that to me too. I just came to the comments to see how many people said they hated Scott and that Alien Prequels were gonna suck and other overreactions cause of it haha.

  • Brando

    It might be cool to see the crew of the Nostromo board or whatnot, but beyond that I wouldn’t want Ripley to see/know anything about anything. It’d be too much like Indy seeing all that crazy shit in India before Raiders where he says he doesn’t believe in anything supernatural.

  • Lucia Lola

    I think it’s funny how some people are reacting so angrily to the suggestion. We do it to women in real life, grotesquely so, but in the world of make believe, that’s a step too far?

    If it keeps her working, than have at it. Photoshop in real time. That’s all this is.

    • Vesuvian Villain

      It’s grotesque everywhere, male or female. If it looked the way it was supposed to look, you know, human, then sure. But I can’t think of any instance where CGI de-aging someone wasn’t distractingly bad.

      Can you give any examples where they did a flawless job and you couldn’t tell they’d computerized the face? Because I can’t. All I can think of is like.. X-Men Last Stand, Terminator Salvation, Benjamin Button, Tron Legacy, Grudge Match, etc.

      The best I’ve ever seen is young Robert Downey Jr in CA: Civil War, and he still looked off.

      • J Jett

        V, very well said!

      • Creepshow

        RDJ was good because you didn’t have to stare at him for long clips, and scene after scene like Rogue One did. Rogue One abused the snot out if it, to the point that it was creepy. One movie that blended it well so you didn’t focus on it, was Logan.

      • Lucia Lola

        Agreed about it being grotesque regardless of gender. It being distractingly bad? Sure. I agree with that as well. They will get better at it, though.

      • William Molnar

        yeah i can…Mike Douglas in Antman looked pretty damn good de aged. but the bigger argument is beyond CGI aestetics….it should be more about narrative need/integrity….simply dropping Ripley in there for nostalgia dilutes and distracts from what should be the focus of the film(s)….telling a riveting story with a satisfying payoff.

  • Judge Satchmo

    Going full George Lucas. Oh Ridley, you are just set on doing this.


    instead of prequels with ripley, why don’t you just do something fucking new…

    • J Jett

      exactly! i completely agree.

    • Nick

      Apparently people hate new…(Prometheus), which I thought was a great starting point for something new and fresh in explaining how ‘Alien’ came to be. I thought it was a great story… (who cares if there are no xenomorphs…never understood that whole backlash…) sure, there are some holes, not unlike Swiss cheese, but hopefully covenant will cover (we’ll see) that. As for de-aged cgi ripley??? No. Why and whats the point really….Leave that alone…

      • Brian McNatt

        I can’t speak for anyone else, but the new stuff was some of my favorite stuff in Prometheus. The main issue there is that everyone is written so stupidly. The mapmaker getting lost in the structure he made a map of, that guy who was afraid of long-dead alien bodies happily approaching the very-much-alive alien snake creature, Theron’s character running in a straight line, stuff like that.

  • J Jett

    a “digitally enhanced” anyone (for the most part) in any movie is a lousy idea. i didn’t even really like it in LOGAN.

    • Creepshow

      But Logan did it tactfully. It was quick, and you didn’t have to never endingly stare at it like Rogue One.

      • J Jett

        that’s a good point! i really liked LOGAN. X23 was awesome!

  • llcc1103

    What the hell is Ridley Scott doing?

    • Destroying the Alien franchise, he started with Prometheus.

      • Hack Snyder

        Let’s be fair, the Alien franchise has been getting fucked over ever since 1992. First the studio took Alien 3 away from David Fincher and butchered it, then they greenlit Alien: Resurrection, then they greenlit Alien vs. Predator over the Alien 5 film that Ridley Scott and James Cameron wanted to make, then they greenlit Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. As flawed as Prometheus is, it isn’t as bad as Resurrection or the vs. Predator flicks.

  • WOLF

    I don’t see the need to include Ripley at all. Ripley shouldnt have any connection to these prequels.

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Yeah but member Ripleyyyyy?

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    Ripley never encountered Ripley before Alien and we’ve already seen what happeded after that encounter all the way to her death. She’s done, it’s over.

    • Saturn

      I agree – Ripley’s arc is done.
      I don’t want her – in ANY form, not even a computer voice, in any of the Alien prequels – and to be honest, unless we do get a sequel to the original 2 movies which skip 3 and 4 then I don’t want her character returning in any of the sequels either. It’s time to move on from her character.

      • Harley Mitchel Dirk

        At this point I’m not even all that interested in any Ripley led sequels. The universe should be bigger than one character. I’d love to see the Alien franchise grow and try to be a little more experimental.

      • Judge Satchmo

        If Aliens is removed from canon I’m going to pay Quint to track down and kill thems responsible. $10,000.00 for him by himself. For that I want the head, the tail, the whole damn thing!

  • PsychoMantis18

    ‘Holding back his gruesome notions for future instalments’? Outraaaaageous.

  • groth

    What made the original Alien so good, even with a rubber suited monster, plastic models was that every aspect was avant-garde — the absolute tops in stage craft; the treatment, the sets, the adoption of sci fi art and story telling…. all of it grounded viewers a certain reality even if it was ‘Hollywood’ inspired.

    CGI, with all the wonderful things it can do has the opposite effect. You can see that it is all just an elaborate cartoon. It’s too detailed, too fantastic, too much…Its’ special effects glut. It’s why Prometheus was just an interesting cousin in the ALIEN Franchise.

    And after seeing the ALIEN now these last 40 years, we need a new wrinkle. They don’t keep making JAWS movies for a reason.

    And please, let Ripley rest in peace. NO CGI RIPLEY.

    • William Molnar

      i think Antman used CGI to great effect tbh. I just don’t necessarily think the franchise needs to see a young Ripley at all. The appeal of the original Alien film was a group of working stiffs running into something far bigger than them and discovering they were nothing but pawns to be used by Corporate Greed. It is now evolving beyond that into a whole industrial complex mega corporations pursuit of immortality or whatever….and diluting the narrative severely for me.

      • KSE1977

        This. CGI is not inherently evil, but Hollywood filmmakers have become lazy and use it as a crutch. Star Wars, Alien, Jaws, these movies used practical effects and are classics for the use. I am still waiting for the movie that uses a ton of CGI and we consider it a classic. Avatar is not it 🙂

        • groth

          Go look at the original Jaws. yes, The shark is a big plastic and rubber puppet riding on a track on the sea floor…..but everything is tangible, you could touch it. With CGI, not so much.

    • Brian McNatt

      “Interesting cousin” might be the best descriptor for Prometheus I’ve heard.

  • DSK

    im sorry but that is a seriously stupid fucking idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony DeRouen

    What a horrible idea.

  • scy385

    I personally think Ripley’s story is over. It has been covered flaws and all. Truth be told they should have wrapped her story up with Aliens. Everything was wrapped up nicely and neatly. Ripley was alive. She saved Newt, Hicks, AND destroyed the Alien Hive. Her job was done. These prequels should focus on the origins of the Alien and the events that led up to the Nostromo landing on LV-426. That’s the story everyone is interested in. Now I will be fair. If they can find a way to bring Ripley into it and keep it believable I’m good with it. But honestly I don’t think it’s going to work with JUST Ripley. Six other people were on the Nostromo and lost their lives to the Alien. I think they would need to bring the whole crew of the Nostromo into it as well. Otherwise it’s not going to be believable which is why they shouldn’t do it.

    • Justin McGill

      Why do we even need to see her? In terms of connecting tissue.. shots of the Nostromo with Ripley on the radio.. It’s all you really need

      • Will

        Your right. Thats all that is really needed from her.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    Sound very Stupid ….This Franchise Needs To Go Into Criosleep

  • Sykes

    Walter is the android, so I hope you’re right! 😉

    • Judge Satchmo

      Now hold on a second here, Walter as Ripley’s mother? Now you’re on to something. Oh snap! And Jones the cat is her father! Or at least he was, until he fell to the dark side. He’s more machine than cat now.

      • Inexplicable Nuclear Balls

        Twisted and evil too.

  • American Atheist

    Who needs actors when there is CGI?

    • The Drucifer

      We can merge them both, we have the technology…

  • marklola12 .

    That characters story for me was over with Aliens, I don’t like or count any movie after that, they should never have had her in any movie after part 2 but they had to go spoil it

  • KSE1977

    I am going to hope this just a bs rumor. While I thought Cushing looked somewhat okay, Leia looked terrible and this is just a dumb idea. Either recast if you are so dead-set on keeping these movies tied together or simply don’t do it. This is a dumb trend that completely removes me from what I am watching. I remember when I first saw this in Tron Legacy and assuming it was just a one-off.

  • The interviewer just asked him if it’s possible, and he said they “could” do that. As in, it’s possible with today’s technology; he didn’t that they ARE doing it. I don’t see why people are so up in arms.

  • DS Ullery

    The idea that all of this ties directly into Alien to the point of prequel events potentially having a personal connection with Ripley bothers me. One of the attributes of ALIEN elemental to the film’s power is that this unsuspecting crew was sent to investigate something entirely unknown to them, with terrifying consequences. One major aspect of the film which makes it so horrifying is the idea that this profit minded conglomerate sent these blue collar, deep space workers in knowing there was something potentially dangerous there , regarding their employees as expendable. The randomness of it added to the sense of evil.
    Start throwing in the idea that Ripley might be related to someone who confronted the alien previously and all of that gets diluted. Next thing you know, they’ll tell us that Ripley was chosen and guided towards her position with Weyland-Yutani by the company all her life without her knowledge. This sort of thing diminishes the mystery and undermines something that’s effectively sinister as is. Stop over thinking and over explaining the mythos already.

  • Golic

    Go home Riddley Scott, you’re drunk.

    • ViewerMale

      If you can do better, go for it.

  • Carlton Fisher

    I don’t understand how this would work narratively. If Ripley is in the prequels, then wouldn’t that mean she had foreknowledge of the xenomorphs? Doesn’t that take away quite a bit from the first film?

    • huntermc

      It could be more cloning shenanigans.

  • suffering

    he said they “could” do that, in response of a question in an interview, calm down people just read before arguing with pages and pages of nonsense critics XD

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    Ridiculous Ridley.

  • James Allard

    Follow the lead from the comics: make Ellen Ripley an Asian woman. Or a gay African American man.

  • Brian de Castro

    Don’t really see how Ripley could or should appear in any prequels. We already know her story on the Nostromo. Anything prior would have no alien/xenomorph connection and might only be able to show her preparing for her trip on the Nostromo and that would have to include at least some of the rest of the crew as well. If we are going to see Ripley again, it should be either in the Alien 5 by Neill Blomkamp or pick up where Resurrection left off with a xenomorph wrecking havoc on planet earth. Sigourney still looks great and could pull it off, but it should be sooner rather than later.

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