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Sigourney Weaver updates us on Blomkamp's Alien film and the end of Ripley

07.13.2016

Neill Blomkamp's ALIEN film is not a sure thing, which makes every bit of information that comes our way about it so fascinating. Word is that 20th Century Fox wanted to jump on Ridley Scott's ALIEN: COVENANT first, as odd as that sounds, but fortunately for us, Sigourney Weaver is as excited as she ever was to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley for Mr. Blomkamp. In speaking with Entertainment Weekly, she had some information to offer about the direction of the story and the end of Ripley.

Sigourney Weaver on Blomkamp's ALIEN film:

Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott 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. 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.

Regarding the story direction:

It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie. It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space, which was (ALIEN 3 screenwriter) Vincent Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to create a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.

On when we might see this ALIENS sequel:

In any case, [the Aliens sequel] is there and waiting for us. He and I both have these other commitments that are finally upon us, and so we’ve got to switch gears and concentrate on that. But it will be worth the wait when we finally get to it. I hope it won’t be a few [years]. I hope it’ll be a couple. But we’ll see. Yeah.

Personally, I'm taking away two very important points from this conversation. One is that Blomkamp's film will deliver some serious fan service, for better and for worse. Two is that no one really knows if/when this thing is going to start production. To ALIEN fans, this idea seems like a no-brainer, but who knows what Fox wants regarding this franchise. PROMETHEUS earned a profit, despite dividing audiences. I suppose we could say the same for Blomkamp's last two movies, despite poor reception. Still, I hope this doesn't end up a pipe dream, despite sounding about 25 years too late.

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3:58PM on 07/14/2016
What makes me worried is the possibility that they will never get around to filming this, but I'm hopeful that they'll get the green light in a year or so.
What makes me worried is the possibility that they will never get around to filming this, but I'm hopeful that they'll get the green light in a year or so.
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1:03AM on 07/14/2016

They mostly come at night - mostly

Sounds good to me. Anything after Camerons Aliens was shithouse so back on track is good. I like Weaver and Blomkamp.
Sounds good to me. Anything after Camerons Aliens was shithouse so back on track is good. I like Weaver and Blomkamp.
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8:59PM on 07/13/2016
I'm up for another aliens even if it turns out to be a shlocky mess like Ressurection.

I do think however, if they want the franchise to continue, that they should give serious thought to beginning to move the franchise away from Sigourney as the center, perhaps pass it on to Newt?
I'm up for another aliens even if it turns out to be a shlocky mess like Ressurection.

I do think however, if they want the franchise to continue, that they should give serious thought to beginning to move the franchise away from Sigourney as the center, perhaps pass it on to Newt?
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8:23PM on 07/13/2016

Am I the only one?

Idon't get what all the hype is for? Blomkamp has one good movie which was District 9. Elysium was rushed and Chappie was corny. Why so much faith in him.? He wants to forget Alien 3 and Resurrection but his movie may bomb more than both those. My hope isn't up nor is it down, just going to wait and see what he delivers when it's out.
Idon't get what all the hype is for? Blomkamp has one good movie which was District 9. Elysium was rushed and Chappie was corny. Why so much faith in him.? He wants to forget Alien 3 and Resurrection but his movie may bomb more than both those. My hope isn't up nor is it down, just going to wait and see what he delivers when it's out.
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7:49PM on 07/13/2016

Why not both?

Nowadays everyone is trying to make a cinematic universe. A new movie each year. Having both the Prequel and Sequel should have been $$$ in the eyes of Fox. I don't get why they didn't jump on it.
Nowadays everyone is trying to make a cinematic universe. A new movie each year. Having both the Prequel and Sequel should have been $$$ in the eyes of Fox. I don't get why they didn't jump on it.
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7:16PM on 07/13/2016
So far I'm not enthused. I think Blomkamp is a terrible writer and director. I don't know which was worse: Chappie or District 9. It's obvious that he doesn't have more "social commentary" (if you'd call it that) to provide. He's done the same thing three times. Each time, it was painfully elementary and pretentious. At least Elysium didn't make me roll my eyes half as much as the other two.
So far I'm not enthused. I think Blomkamp is a terrible writer and director. I don't know which was worse: Chappie or District 9. It's obvious that he doesn't have more "social commentary" (if you'd call it that) to provide. He's done the same thing three times. Each time, it was painfully elementary and pretentious. At least Elysium didn't make me roll my eyes half as much as the other two.
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4:51PM on 07/13/2016

The wait is over....oh no wait.....its not.

SO in 10 years when shes 75 we will see Alien 5? Yeah this doesnt sound good at all. Thanks James Cameron....noone wants to see MORE Avatars.
SO in 10 years when shes 75 we will see Alien 5? Yeah this doesnt sound good at all. Thanks James Cameron....noone wants to see MORE Avatars.
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7:42PM on 07/13/2016
Avatar 2,3,4 will shoot straight for 14-18 months, they're filing back to back to back, I've read that filming timeline on numerous Avatar sequel articles. So they'll begin filming quarter 1, 2017, which means they'll wrap principle photography at the latest Dec 2018. Her work would be done then, not taking into consideration re -shoots that would almost certainly occur but after a quick vacation they need to film this.

Scott's film better do well at the box office or this one isn't getting
Avatar 2,3,4 will shoot straight for 14-18 months, they're filing back to back to back, I've read that filming timeline on numerous Avatar sequel articles. So they'll begin filming quarter 1, 2017, which means they'll wrap principle photography at the latest Dec 2018. Her work would be done then, not taking into consideration re -shoots that would almost certainly occur but after a quick vacation they need to film this.

Scott's film better do well at the box office or this one isn't getting made. That's my fear.

11:18PM on 07/13/2016
Haha, true.
Haha, true.
4:24PM on 07/13/2016
Much of that conversation excites me for the project but hearing, "I hope we’ll do it." and " it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.". Makes me happy they have something special to develop here.
Much of that conversation excites me for the project but hearing, "I hope we’ll do it." and " it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.". Makes me happy they have something special to develop here.
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3:05PM on 07/13/2016
Fox are clearly waiting to see how Neil's next movie goes after the unfortunate reviews of his last two.
Fox are clearly waiting to see how Neil's next movie goes after the unfortunate reviews of his last two.
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7:46PM on 07/13/2016
Fox are clearly waiting to see how Scott's next movie goes after the unfortunate reviews of his last two.

Fixed it for you.
Fox are clearly waiting to see how Scott's next movie goes after the unfortunate reviews of his last two.

Fixed it for you.
8:14PM on 07/13/2016
The original post, AND the "fixed" version both make sense to me lol
The original post, AND the "fixed" version both make sense to me lol
2:47PM on 07/13/2016

Bring it on!

I like that she mentioned that it contained a lot of original ideas, while committing to the circumstances at the end of Aliens. I hope they get to tackle this one sooner rather than later.
I like that she mentioned that it contained a lot of original ideas, while committing to the circumstances at the end of Aliens. I hope they get to tackle this one sooner rather than later.
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