Sigourney Weaver Speculates on a Possible ‘Alien 5′

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Lieutenant Ellen Ripley – as depicted by Sigourney Weaver throughout the Alien franchise – is widely regarded as one of the most iconic heroes to ever grace the big screen. In four films, Weaver brought the character to memorable life, facing off with various iterations of the acid-spewing creatures originally conceived by the late H.R. Giger.

For years following the 1997 release of Alien: Resurrection, rumors persisted that a fifth film could be in the works. However, when director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien universe with the prequel/reboot Prometheus instead of recruiting Weaver for another reprisal of her most famous role, it looked like audiences had seen the last of Ripley. Now Weaver herself has spoken out about her thoughts on a potential return to the franchise that made her a star.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the subject of Alien 5 came up at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood, where both the 1979 original film and its 1986 sequel were screened. Weaver particularly mentioned her belief that Ripley’s internal struggle and hero’s journey remain unresolved.

“Had we done a fifth one, I don’t doubt that her humanity would have prevailed … I do feel like there is more story to tell.”

Weaver described Ripley as an “existential hero” and credited the franchise’s longevity to the fact that its depiction of morally questionable corporations very much applies today.

“A lot of corporations are still characterized by the same kind of greed [as the film's Weyland-Yutani]. It’s an idea that’s, unfortunately, very alive in our world.”

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Should a fifth Alien film come together, Weaver doesn’t believe that it could take place on Earth, but she definitely thinks there is more to explore with Ripley.

“I feel a longing from fans for the story to be finished. I could imagine a situation where we finish telling the story.”

The Terminator series is already bringing back star Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite the fact that he first played the title character 30 years ago. What, then, would Fox from finding a way to bring Weaver back as Ripley? The Alien franchise is just as well-remembered, and if Alien: Resurrection proved one thing, it’s that death can’t keep Ripley down for long (as its title suggests).

After all, Fox just unified its X-Men franchise to much critical acclaim (and box office dollars), and there’s no good reason that – should the studio find the right story – Scott couldn’t pull a Days of Future Past and bring the Prometheus and Alien worlds together in a way that didn’t quite gel the first time around. Perhaps in the planned Prometheus 2? Given the shared science fiction universe the films are set in, virtually anything is possible.

Would you like to see Weaver back as Ripley, and if so, how would you want the character to return? Sound off in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest news on the Alien franchise and the upcoming Prometheus sequel.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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  1. All though at first the hybrid ripley seems nothing like the original Ripley in fact the truth is far from it. She seems distant at first and more like a thing than a person but later on she starts showing human emotions and reactions like the original Ripley would. She even kills that mutant hybrid offspring thing that she shares a material connection with to save the others. So even though she’s not the original Ripley she still is the real ripley. Cause of this everybody should be wanting a new alien movie because her story isn’t finished and she deserves to get a real ending.

    • I would love to see another Alien sequel. There is so much that can be explored in the case of Ripley’s character. We all know and love her resolve in any situation that was thrown at her in all four Alien movies. It would be interesting to see what transpired in her life that made her such a strong woman. Plus I enjoy any movie that Sigourney Weaver may have a role that she portrays in them. She is a classy human being and one heck of an actress.

  2. “A lot of corporations are still characterized by the same kind of greed [as the film's Weyland-Yutani]. It’s an idea that’s, unfortunately, very alive in our world.” It’s like people are parrots. Corporate greed explains it all. Yeah, that’s it. Because greed has only existed for the past few decades and even though each politician claims to be reigning in corporate “greed” nothing changes – in fact corporations get bigger. So hey, Weaver, try thinking out side the box for a change. It’s not corporations that are the problem, it’s the entity that empowers them – your beloved government – that is to blame for their size and their “greed”. But even if they are greedy, so what? No corporation can take anything from you unless you willingly give it – that is, of course, unless they have the help of government.

    That being said, I’d love to see a new Alien film with a little less political b*******.

  3. Oh, and by the way, actors incorporate too. It’s a little known way they avoid paying too high a tax rate – but I guess that’s not corporate greed, right?

  4. Yes i remember watching alien resurrection with friends and everyone was looking forward to the next one which didnt happen. They can do so much with her character and the whole angle with her being half human/half alien. The alien saga just feels unfinished. They just leave you hanging. Her and the crew made it to earth. Now what?! Weaver is such a great actress. She was great in avatar. Ron perlman is too underrated. He was so good too. They would have to bring him back too.

    • Please no. I want someone new. Ne cast, new characters. Alien 3 was a good end to Ripley’s story, and also kept with the dark same tone of the first two, something that Alien Ressurrection failed to replicate. It felt just like some comic book movie and it’s tone didn’t really go well with the previous movies.

  5. i wrote a draft where all films past Aliens occurred
    As a hyper sleep nightmare. The film picks up as Ripley,
    Hicks, newt and bishop are all alive and well.

    • Thats… really a great and mind blowing ideia.

      Tough i dont know if it would be the best to re-pick up the alien franchise this type of ideia is a good start.

      I´m a big fan of Alien and would really love to see more movies, they have the BD that could be picked for ideias too.

      Prometheus was disapointing , as an Alien related movie, full of non sense. I decided to just scrap any relation between that movie and Alien from my mind.

  6. i think alien 5 will be a good thing just as long the story good ,the aliens are good ,and weaver back in the helm i will defo go and see it ,i have been in the franchise since it started i have watched alien countless of times many clips have been cut but i have the original films which i watch and know that lv426 is the sign of the cross on your phone so check it out and yes alien 5 is a must but with careful story not to mess it up bring it to the screen

  7. I’d like to see WY finally see what a horrendous idea weaponising the Alien would have been – with the Alien on Earth for 10 years, and having decimated it, to an I Am Legend type apocalypse. Survivors living on ships at sea or in the air, to try to stay alive… and it all finally killing everyone on Earth, including Ripley.

  8. I think hollywood needs to start making alternate universe movies

    What I mean by that is just making a film with the characters as if a previous sequel had not existed. YES IT WILL WORK. WHY: because everyone including you will still see it.

    I think they should make a Alien movie straight after ALiens and take i off on a different tangent. Call it the Alternate series.

    There is no rule what so ever that this cant be done.

  9. Just have ripely wake up from hyper sleep with newt and Hicks. Fast forward 15 years and rejoin these characters again. Now Hicks is older and more senior and Ripley has settled down. Now the adventure can start again. The previous sequels were either a dream (like pamela in DALLAS and it worked ok there) or a a hyper sleep test/ simulation to test ripely or gain info from her mind. To be honest they should not dwell on the dream part just get on with a new story using the characters and universe we love.

  10. They should get Beihn back too and do a proper Aliens sequel.

    • No they shouldn’t. They should make a new original story with new original characters. We don’t need to see Hicks and Ripley again. Their stories over. Bringing them back would just feel like bad fanfiction.

      • Go away. Get lost. Your pathetic comment has no place in the sensible comments here.We are Alien fans. You are an anti Alien fan… don’t belong here.

    • YES!!!
      It was a tragedy they were killed off!!!

  11. I think it is a time to bring Ellen Ripley to source of Alien nation . She fighted them for all her life , she died And then she came back as part of them . Perhaps the next Alien movie could send Ripley right to the place where they become from . I didn’t like the idea from Prometeus , that Aliens in reality aren’t nothing more but some liquid . These Amazing incredible inteligent creatures MUST have their OWN place in the space . So ……. Perhaps this time Ripley saving Earth , could fly to them , could stay there And …….perhaps instead of eternal fight she could understand them . She could be something like a queen for them and for us .
    I think that it would be not bad idea to give Aliens some chance , to see them in a little different perspective . If anybody would be able to do this , it could be only Ellen Ripley

  12. She should have been just like Milla in the resident evil movies. Constantly evolving and kicking alien butt along the way.

  13. I would love to see another movie…..been my favorite movies for as long as I can remember…..I think that should they do another movie they could explore Ripleys daughter and her quest to find out what happened to her mother….like the game alien isolation…….just food for thought

  14. Yes, bring Ripley back !! It’s been way too Lang with out a new Aliens film. Please make this happen !!


  16. I liked the 1st and 2nd one. The 3rd was ok. Never should have killed her off in the 3rd. In the 4th they should have made the 3rd appear as a dream and Ripley and the rest wake up and end up on another planet or encounter a derelict spacecraft with Aliens.

    Since they didn’t it would still be good to see Ripley back but not sure how. I was never a fan of the Hybrid Ripley. Just make it a good movie.

  17. Weaver must be back! Nobody else can fill the role of Ripley. I am such a fan of her and her great performance. Also, my dog is named Ripley…… kidding.

  18. Write off 3 & 4 as a hypersleep dream/nightmare (plausable as its so long) and just pull a Dallas, we’ll forgive you! I didn’t hate them but they should be forgotten for the greater good. Prometheus was enjoyable but was piss poor as an origin story for the most feared creature in cinema history so please don’t try and attach it to the Alien series it just doesn’t fit AT ALL! Apart from the completely out of place technology styling the ancient ‘astronomer’ in Alien was said to look focilised which takes a little bit longer than decades yes? Oh and easy on the CGI for this one please.

  19. I’d love to see Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ripley. Im not sure how they would do it but maybe a cameo in the next Prometheus film to bring in the 3rd movie, if there will be a 3rd. Ripley was intent on not letting the Xenomorph’s get back to earth as well as Naomi Pace’s character, so maybe they run into each by accident or uncover a Ripley clone on the way to finding the engineer’s home world and combine forces? Just a idea off the top of the dome. I’m sure greater minds can bridge the gap somehow but whatever happens I’m looking forward to the next Prometheus movie and hopefully they can find room in the vast alien universe for the return and conclussion of Lt. Ripley.
    Last thought, seeing that it all started with Weyland Corp, maybe they both find a way to bring down the corporation with the corps. own creations!

  20. All I want is Michael Bienh as Hicks, and Newt to return.
    Why they were killed off is an insult!!!
    AND no meddling from Fox – let Blomkampf have absolute artistic contrl!

  21. for mrs weaver make alien 5 and 6 have 5 set on earth with the remaing surviours from part 4 and realtives of the first movie then as part 5 winds down leave s cliffhanger for part 6 by saying now lets take the fight to there home planet and end this once and for all

  22. I definitely would like to see Alien 5 to finish the story IF Ripley lives. Too many strong female heroes end up dead. And of course Ripley must be played by Sigourney Weaver. There is no other Ripley!

  23. What I have always wanted to see, especially after 3 & 4, was a return to the original promotional material which included “In space no one can hear you scream” which led us to believe at some point in time they would be on Earth. Films 3 & 4 were a disappointment to me. Yes the visual arts were great, but the plots just took the franchise down a very weird road. Dog Aliens, Ripley dies in molten metal to be “resurrected” by cloning. I would love to see film 5 be a continuation of film 2 (which was the best one). They did not crash on the prison planet, there were no aliens in their escape ship. Instead something went wrong, and although they have slept for some odd years, they aged, but slowly. That would explain everyone looking older. They would be brought back to Earth a few hundred years in the future where Ripley, Newt and Bishop would work together to again battle the Alien(s) that have been brought there however the writers decide. To explain the other movies, Ripley would describe some vivid nightmares she had while in hyper-sleep. But sadly “Newt” doesn’t act anymore, and “Bishop” might be too old to do so even is he is an android. ;)

    • Oh, and don’t forget Hicks. He has to be there too. Maybe Ripley can finally get some.

      • Yes! Ripley and Hicks back together and kicking some Alien Butt! A hero character always works best with a love interest. I loved their chemistry in Aliens….pity it was short lived.
        I like the idea of a dream scenario and waking up after the 2nd movie finished. Would like the Alien 5 plot to involve the Marines on a planet(maybe Earth or another world ravaged by the Alien race). Show us how humans have tried to co-exist, then have Hicks and Ripley rally the survivors! Need to introduce some new alien species and flashy new weapons for the battle scenes.
        I would love to see the movie take a darker angle! Maybe make it R-rated and throw in some sex scenes for good measure.
        Cant wait for it!!! well over due.

  24. Yeah Sigourney! She doesn’t need the financial incentives, that was her strongest single character and i think she’s right. The story not even close to being told. the mess called “Prometheus” was lacking in story to go along with its effects and cast (who were good enough for anything R Scott could have come up with) but instead R Scott came up with mish mash plot that turns the whole movie into pulp – who did Ridley Scott make it for? Too many characters that have no purpose and no identity that no one can relate to, even the Alien was just bizarre and seemed out of place. The whole thing should have been written and cut to a much tighter plot instead of meandering everywhere how it did…i expected what we got with “Prometheus” unfortunately..give the plot to Cameron again if you ask me.

  25. i would live to see Ripley back in a movie dealing with predators and aliens hunting each other and Ripley and a group of marines are sent in for the hunt.

  26. I’d love to see the first three books done as a movie. Ripley makes a comeback in book three. Was a fun little series.

  27. Anything would be very kind of Mr. Scott involving Ripley! I can recall being a wee child and being (still) fascinated in regards to not only the story line but the futuristic scenery. Prometheus was an incredible insight to the evolution on how the zenomorph came to be what it is. I am also thrilled to see (hopefully) more on the story of Prometheus and more from Sigourney Weaver!!!!! She is the prime example for all female actresses to be like in regards to kicking donkey and taking names! Please bring about more!