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Walter Hill working on Alien 5, but Sigourney Weaver not interested

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For a good while there, it looked like we were going to get a fifth film in the Alien franchise that would have been a rebooquel (aka reboot sequel) following up the events of Aliens and ignoring the divisive Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Writer/director Neill Blomkamp had plot breakdowns and concept art already sorted, Sigourney Weaver was pumped to return as an older Ellen Ripley, Aliens director James Cameron loved the script… and then Fox decided to instead focus on Alien: Covenant, franchise creator Ridley Scott’s sequel to his 2012 prequel Prometheus. And that was a mistake. Since Blomkamp’s plans got scrapped, we haven’t heard anything about another Alien 5 attempt, but it appears that one has actually been happening.

The revelation comes from Weaver herself as the franchise lead revealed to Empire recently that she received a 50-page script treatment for a new film. This treatment comes from Walter Hill, the acclaimed veteran director behind the likes of The Warriors and 48 Hours who has also acted as producer on the entire Alien franchise. According to Weaver, Hill sent her this treatment back in 2018 already, but it didn’t go anywhere as the 70-year old actress felt that she’s done with her iconic character.

I’ve always felt she was such a partner. She is always in my stomach…

[But] I don’t know. Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.

However, it would appear that despite Weaver’s reticence, Hill isn’t giving up on getting another film made. Brandywine Productions, Hill’s production company through which he’s produced the Alien films, recently reached out to SyFy Wire about that treatment and revealed that Hill co-wrote it with fellow franchise producer David Giler. But here’s where things get interesting. Brandywine shared a pic of that script for “Alien V” and it showed that Hill and Giler’s latest draft comes from as recently as March 2020.

Along with that surprising draft date, the pic also gives us some intriguing teases on what Hill and Giler had planned, with the tagline reading “In space no one can hear you scream. In space no one can hear you dream.” There’s also a pair of poetry quotes from Edgar Allen Poe and William Tecumseh Sherman that respectively read “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream” and “War is hell”. What does all of that mean? Well, we have no idea other than it clearly has something to do with dreams. Or maybe destiny, as Hill spoke to SyFy Wire about how he thinks that Weaver is not past reprising Ellen Ripley one more time.

Sigourney, as she has from the very beginning, is being too modest about her proven ability to pull off the idea — which is to tell a story that scares the pants off your date, kicks the ass of a new Xenomorph, and conducts a meditation on both the universe of the Alien franchise and the destiny of the character of Lt. Ellen Ripley.

As one of the most beloved and iconic characters in cinema history, I don’t think anybody would ever say no to more Ripley on screen. And Weaver is certainly badass enough as an actress to still pull it off despite now being a septuagenarian. Even if she was only halfway capable of doing it, I would still rather see that movie than whatever weirdo-sexual android stuff Ridley Scott was cooking up in Alien: Covenant.

Last Updated: June 22, 2020

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  1. Maybe she could play an adviser. She’s getting a tad old now. Can’t imagine my Ouma going up against a necromorph.

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  2. Skyblue

    June 22, 2020 at 23:12

    Okay so as much love the Alien universe and Walter Hill’s work. He is very much an 80’s director which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I would still just rather see what Blomkamp has to offer. He has proven several things with his work including the masterpiece that was District 9. If you had told me that a South African sci-fi movie was a possible in 2008 I would have choked on my popcorn. Then 2009 came along and I choked on my popcorn.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      June 23, 2020 at 08:30

      I would do unspeakable things to Darryn if it meant that Blomkamp got to make his Alien movie, coz it sounded damn good.

      Actually I would just do unspeakable things to Darryn in general.

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      • Skyblue

        June 23, 2020 at 12:03

        Lol. He’s mangled enough Kervyn, don’t aggravate it!

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  3. Mandalorian Jim

    December 10, 2020 at 13:29

    Can you blame her? she probably saw what they did in the last Terminator with Linda Hamilton, and probably thought that she had already kicked so much xenomorph in the past, that sullying her character’s name just wasn’t worth it. I would like to see Winona Ryder redeemed though, I really think she should get her Robert Downey Jr/ Drew Barrymore/ Mel Gibson moment (not Shia Labeouf though, fuck that retard)

    So, you did drugs, so you fell from grace, life is about climbing that hill again, and if it means toppling down a few times, it’s the growth and the climb that matters.

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