Sigourney Weaver Teases an "Ending" for Ripley in Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 11:35AM
Alien
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 11:35AM
Sigourney Weaver Teases an "Ending" for Ripley in Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5
Neill Blomkamp's Alien sequel has been put on the backburner so Ridley Scott can continue the Prometheus franchise, but many fans are hopeful that it will still happen. And Sigourney Weaver is with them, mostly because she wants to give Ripley a proper ending after the horrendous Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. According to the actress, the script for Blomkamp's Alien 5 "gives [Ripley] an ending."

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"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 the, 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."
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Does this mean that Ripley will die at the end of Alien 5 (if it happens)? Not necessarily, but it does seem to mean that it will be Ripley's last outing, which is sad, but not too surprising. Ever since it was revealed that Alien 5 would star a grown-up Newt as well as Ripley, there have been rumors that Alien 5 would serve to pass the torch to a younger generation, which means Ripley is probably retiring from alien-hunting, one way or another.

Unfortunately, we might have to wait quite a while for Ripley to get a proper ending, since Fox has put them on hold:

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"Fox asked us to delay so Ridley could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. Now that we're waiting for that, I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World, so we'll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over."
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Blomkamp is set to direct the adaptation of The Gone World, a time travel novel by Thomas Sweterlitsch, who is also known for Tomorrow and Tomorrow. For her part, Weaver is starring in the Avatar sequels, which seem to be perpetually delayed as well, but are supposedly coming out in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023. It's unknown how many she will star in, but it looks like she'll be somewhat tied up for at least the next few years. Hopefully, once she's free (or maybe even in between sequels), she can give Ridley the ending she (and the fans) deserve.
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