Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
You guys and gals ever heard the one that goes, “Sigourney Weaver wants to make a fifth Alien movie with Ridley Scott to reclaim the franchise’s past glory…and this time it’s set on Earth!”? Times infinity, right? Well, Weaver recently told MTV that she was genuinely, like seriously this time, considering making a third sequel with Scott…but then the first Alien Vs. Predator caca-fest happened and then AVP: Requiem fell on top of Alien‘s remaining potential like a piano made of dung. Ripley is forever dead says Weaver (…or is she just enjoying a space nap?). Yeah, I forgot to intro with, “this post is headed to Bummerville.”
“The last time [Ridley and I] saw each other we talked about it. The character is still interesting [and] I’d love to work with Ridley again,” Weaver said. “But Fox has effectively killed it because of ‘Alien vs. Predator.’ What else can you do with the creature? You can take the situation, you can go back to where they came from. …To play someone who ages a couple hundred years was fascinating. [But] let [Ripley] rest.”
Last month we reported on a rumor circulating that had a third Alien Vs. Predator movie going forward. No new developments there. While 1997’s Alien Resurrection was veddy underwhelming, it’s a shame that 20th Century Fox has reduced the Alien creature, one of the pinnacle visions for sci-fi and horror, to the lowly status of an exhausted tag-team wrestler. Same for the Predator, natch, though the Predator doesn’t rely on a lifeline of mystery, darkness and dread to be effective. These cross-pollinating franchises need to take a breather and go back to the drawing board.
Discuss: Is this news surprising? Do you think a fifth Alien movie would have happened if AVP didn’t blow it? In your opinion, should a new Alien movie even include Ripley at this point, not to say Weaver isn’t great? Do you think a remake of Alien or Predator will happen in the next couple years?