Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott Considering More Ellen Ripley?
The science fiction genre has been rather skimpy as of late, with lackluster films like The Day the Earth Stood Still leading the pack. In the Aliens universe, garbage like Aliens vs Predator: Requiem has killed the franchise and left no hope for revival. Well, unless Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott return. MTV actually talked with Weaver recently and got some very interesting news out of her. Apparently Scott and her have been talking about making a fifth Aliens movie. "Both of us feel a kind of commitment to that woman. He’s as much responsible for who she is as I am," she began. "We'd have to go back to the drawing board on [the alien]. Ridley said that right away when we first talked about [a fifth film]." A fifth film?!
Weaver was quickly questioned further about what they've been talking about, but would only mention some very vague details. "What we're interested in is taking the character of Ripley and seeing what other science fiction story we can tell about someone who has lived several lives." As MTV says, this means we're looking more at something like Chronicles of Ripley and not necessarily Aliens 5, with a focus more on the character of Ellen Ripley and less on the aliens, since that franchise (and its creatures) has unquestionably burned itself out. And why not take her to a new universe with some new creepy alien?
Weaver wonders "whether there's unchartered territory for a creature who's become somewhat debased by this computer generated thing. I haven't seen [Alien vs Predator] but I just think if you overexpose the creature, that's a mistake." While the creatures in the latest AVP weren't entirely CGI, I think she and Ridley Scott are correctly thinking about a way to completely reboot this franchise, instead of still working with something that has been left for dead. I don't think I need to reiterate that Weaver and Scott are the two who created this franchise and it would be a dream to see them breathe new life into it again some 30 years after the original. I know I still want to see more Ellen Ripley mayhem! How about you?