It has been a long time coming, but Aliens star Sigourney Weaver has finally went public and revealed the status of the long gestating sequel to the iconic Alien franchise. With the upcoming release of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, fans were unsure that Alien 5 would even be produced. Well, the answer has finally come in. And it comes straight from the mouth of Ellen Ripley herself! “It’s definitely happening.”
Now, she says that the sequel, will finally give Ripley a proper ending. So we can look for it to be Sigourney’s final bow as Ellen Ripley.
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.” She continues: “Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World. So we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over.”
Sigourney went onto tell us that fans have something else to look forward to, as she recently teamed up with Neill Blomkamp on another project that she can’t yet discuss as it is top secret. And then she compares Alien 5 directly to the work of James Cameron.
“We’ve just finished something else together that I can’t talk about. But you never know in this crazy business. In any case, [the Aliens sequel] there and waiting for us. He and I both have these other commitments that are finally upon us, and so we’ve got to switch gears and concentrate on that. But it will be worth the wait when we finally get to it. It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie. It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space, which was [Alien3 screenwriter] Vincent Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to create a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.”
Sigourney Weaver has said in the past that she’s truly ready to bring a final close to the franchise that began with Ridley Scott’s original film in 1979. Also remarking her dissatisfaction with how the story was left in Alien: Resurrection.
“It’s true we did leave the story in a nebulous place. I didn’t want to go to Earth. I didn’t think that was very interesting. But I must say, part of me would like the story to end. You have to reinvent the envelope, do things that are beloved and at the same time take it to a new place. It’s a very difficult thing and I don’t think it’s anything a studio can manufacture.”
So, with all this said, who is ready for one of the most iconic beginnings to end the right way in August 2017? I know we are!
Here is a great video explanation of the series, done by MojO: