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04.17.2017

Sigourney Weaver Alien: Covenant

After making his return to the ALIEN franchise with PROMETHEUS just five years ago, Ridley Scott seems set on staying involved with the franchise this time around. The upcoming release of ALIEN: COVENANT will go a little further towards connecting the new series with the original 1979 film, but Ridley Scott still has a few more ALIEN movies left in the tank before we catch up with the Nostromo.

While speaking with Empire (via Bloody Disgusting), Scott stated that he's planning at least two more films before connecting up with ALIEN. John Logan (ALIEN: COVENANT) is working on a "ten-page synopsis" with Ridley Scott and they "know where we're going with it." Once the sequels approach ALIEN territory, Scott added that he's not ruling out the idea of bringing Sigourney Weaver back as a digitally de-aged Ellen Ripley, saying "you could do that."

This of course doesn't mean that Ridley Scott will bring Ellen Ripley back, but it seems as though he's mulling over the possibility. Using CGI to de-age, or recreate, an actor certainly isn't anything new, but we've seen some fairly notable examples over the past few years including Michael Douglas in ANT-MAN, Robert Downey Jr. in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and both Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Sigourney Weaver was set to return as Ripley in an ALIEN sequel from Neill Blomkamp, but Ridley Scott's renewed interest in the franchise seems to have put that project on hold. Whether that sequel gets resurrected or not is still up in the air, but Sigourney Weaver has previously raved about the script as well as promising that it will be worth the wait.

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. It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending.

ALIEN: COVENANT is set for a May 19, 2017 release.

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10:52AM on 04/18/2017

I hope they get ILM

Or whoever is doing the de-aging in Marvel movies that shit looks amazing (Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr, etc...)
Or whoever is doing the de-aging in Marvel movies that shit looks amazing (Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr, etc...)
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7:28AM on 04/18/2017
I think the big distinction here is that Ridley Scott wouldn't be going the route of completely recreating and replacing a face, like with Tarkin in Rogue One (which, I do dissent with some Schmoes here... I thought it was great) -- he would be going the route more like Douglas in Ant-Man, which would be to use the actor's face and performance, but go in and de-age the face a bit. I feel the technology is in a good place to do that NOW, and not have it look dated in five years -- particularly
I think the big distinction here is that Ridley Scott wouldn't be going the route of completely recreating and replacing a face, like with Tarkin in Rogue One (which, I do dissent with some Schmoes here... I thought it was great) -- he would be going the route more like Douglas in Ant-Man, which would be to use the actor's face and performance, but go in and de-age the face a bit. I feel the technology is in a good place to do that NOW, and not have it look dated in five years -- particularly if you're only de-aging 15 or adult 20 years. I say go for it -- it may be risky for a main character in a feature film, but that's how you push boundaries and innovate -- and make really great art.
On another note, been on a bit of an Alien kick, of out excitement for Alien: Covenant. Man, that first film is simply perfection, and Prometheus is still a gorgeous film -- some narrative warts and all. Can't wait for A:C!
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6:23AM on 04/18/2017

Why?!! Is she dead?!!

He can still use her, only stop these bullshit prequels and put her in a sequel.
Btw the face cgi thing still looks fake, very well done but somethings still off about them.
He can still use her, only stop these bullshit prequels and put her in a sequel.
Btw the face cgi thing still looks fake, very well done but somethings still off about them.
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11:29PM on 04/17/2017
still wish Neil Blomkamp would have gotten to make his movie! I would have loved to see a sequel to Aliens with Weaver and Biehn!
still wish Neil Blomkamp would have gotten to make his movie! I would have loved to see a sequel to Aliens with Weaver and Biehn!
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9:54PM on 04/17/2017
Remember when 2001's Final Fantasy movie came out, Hollywood was so stoked about how "real" CGI Aki looked, and they want her to show up in other movies as an "actress"?
Thing is, CGI technology is good, but not good enough. Hold the horse for now...
Remember when 2001's Final Fantasy movie came out, Hollywood was so stoked about how "real" CGI Aki looked, and they want her to show up in other movies as an "actress"?
Thing is, CGI technology is good, but not good enough. Hold the horse for now...
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8:47PM on 04/17/2017

No thanks

It is nice to think about in theory but in practice it's more distracting than enhancing. Remember Jeff Bridges "strange" looking face in Tron: Legacy?
It is nice to think about in theory but in practice it's more distracting than enhancing. Remember Jeff Bridges "strange" looking face in Tron: Legacy?
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9:16PM on 04/17/2017
That was 7 years ago, tech has come a long way since then. For example, Rogue One.
That was 7 years ago, tech has come a long way since then. For example, Rogue One.
4:24AM on 04/18/2017
Yep! CGI-Tarkin and Leia were distracting as hell in Rogue One!
Yep! CGI-Tarkin and Leia were distracting as hell in Rogue One!
8:13AM on 04/18/2017
How was Leia distracting, when she was literally only on screen for like the last 60 seconds of the movie??
How was Leia distracting, when she was literally only on screen for like the last 60 seconds of the movie??
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