ALIEN 5: Producer Wants Ripley’s Return; Sigourney Weaver Doesn’t

The Alien series is up in the air at the moment as it’s now under Disney’s control after the 20th Century Fox merger. But today we hear franchise producer Walter Hill had sent a 50-page treatment for a fifth Ripley film to Sigourney Weaver over a year ago.

But… Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley) isn’t ultimately sure if she’ll return.

Weaver recently told Empire: “I don’t know. Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”

This is a major departure from her enthusiasm for the Neill Blomkamp script that was meant to be produced several years ago. When Entertainment Weekly caught up with her about the proposed 5th entry in the franchise to feature Ripley in an interview four years ago she had a much different outlook on the direction the character was heading. “It’s a great story, and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” she told EW. The script itself has so much in it that’s so original but also really satisfies… I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.”

It remains to be seen exactly what Disney chooses to do with the Alien franchise going forward, but as always, we’ll keep you up to date.

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The original film began in deep space when the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.

The film sports a 98% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.



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