Fox and director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Alien vs Predator is not only the worst film in both the Alien and Predator franchises, but it’s also one of the worst movies ever. Never have I felt so betrayed by a franchise or a studio, and surprisingly it sounds as if Sigourney Weaver felt the same.
The Radio Times caught up with Weaver, star of the first four Alien films, at London Film and Comic Con. When asked if it was her choice to have her character Ripley killed off in Alien3, the actress dropped this bomb:
“Well, yes – because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.”
Rumors of Alien vs Predator has persisted in the early 90’s, much like New Line Cinema’s Freddy vs Jason. And even though Fox had talked internally about pitting the two franchises against each other, they still managed to squeeze out the 1997 Alien: Resurrection beforehand.
What’s interesting here is that Weaver is acknowledging that Alien3 was supposed to be the final film in Ripley’s arc, and that she perpetuated her demise. What’s even more intriguing is that Weaver is basically stating that she thought the idea of an AvP movie was bad back in 1991!
Anyways, she adds this gem:
“I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [Aliens director] Jim Cameron said I think publically, ‘why would you want to do that?'” Weaver recalled. “It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman.”
They were both as right as the film’s tagline: “Whoever wins, we lose.” Damn straight.