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.
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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.

  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