New Alien Movie Will Ignore the Last Two Sequels, Sigourney Weaver Returning as Ripley
James Cameron's Aliens managed to avoid all the pitfalls that make sequels disappointing and, against all odds, make a film that was equally iconic as the original 1979 classic. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the cheesy and widely derided sequels, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Many fans of the franchise will be pleased to discover that Neill Blomkamp, who recently took the reins of the reboot, is well aware of this, and as a result will effectively pretend that those two disappointments never happened. According to Blomkamp, the new Alien film, which is confirmed to star Sigourney Weaver as beloved heroine Ripley, will pick up where Aliens left off.
"I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens," said Blomkamp. "So it's Alien, Aliens and then this movie."
To be fair, this move makes some sense regardless of the quality of the latter films. Ripley sacrifices herself in the third film, and only returns as a clone in the fourth. As it would only really be worth rebooting the franchise if the character was able to return in an organic way, their hands were kind of tied.
Weaver, for her part, had this to say: "I would love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story." She probably doesn't mean to throw shade at the sequels with this statement, but if she did, it would be well-deserved.
The sequels really shouldn't have been as bad as they were, considering the talent behind them. Alien 3 was David Fincher's directorial debut, and Alien: Resurrection was written by none other than Joss Whedon. But in both cases, studio meddling led to a falling out, and both directors have disavowed their involvement with the projects. But both of these incidents occurred when the directors weren't particularly established in the industry, so hopefully Blomkamp's recent success with District 9, Elysium, and Chappie will allow him a little more creative freedom.