With all of the rumors and concept art being leaked for ‘Alien 5′ by Neill Blomkamp lately, it was only a matter of time before series star Sigourney Weaver spoke up with her opinions regarding the franchise, and the possibility of a new entry. She chose to speak on the subject recently at London Film and Comic Con, where fans had a number of questions ready for her, including some controversial ones regarding her character and her opinion of ‘Alien Vs. Predator.’ When asked if it was her decision to kill off Ripley in ‘Alien 3,’ Weaver said:
“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…. 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?’ It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman….In fact Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, and he dropped out because he also wanted to do an Alien sequel.”
She went on to discuss the possibility of Blomkamp doing ‘Alien 5,’ and she seemed very excited at the prospect of the film:
“I’m so excited about Neill – because Neill is like you guys! He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much…I love the fact that’s Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see.”
And when discussing returning to her character and what the future might hold, one fan had to ask whether or not Ripley will finally be getting a happy ending:
“Well – it’s certainly something we’ve discussed…I agree, she’s had kind of a crap life. Many interruptions.”
What are your thoughts about her reasons behind killing Ripley, and her disregard for ‘Alien Vs. Predator’ and its sequel? Was she misguided in her beliefs? (bear in mind the fan fervor the the AvP comics and video game had at the time) Let us know your opinions below!
Source: Radio Times