Sir Ridley Scott has confirmed that Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley is coming back to the Alien franchise. According to the renowned filmmaker, fans might see a few familiar faces when the prequel finally catches up with the original 1979 movie.
Ellen Ripley’s Return
After two movies including last summer’s Alien: Covenant, the prequel movies are starting to make light of the history of the Xenomorphs. While there is still a lot of questions that need to be answered, the prequels are starting to connect to the original movie and it will only take a few more installments before the franchise reaches full circle.
In a Q&A, Ridley talked about the future of the Alien franchise. While he could not reveal how many movies will be released for the prequels, he did share his plans to bring back his heroine, Ripley.
“Well we’re heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [using CG] may be feasible,” he explained (via Cinema Blend). “Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter, obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David [Michael Fassbender] going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.”
From his statement, Ripley’s reappearance in the franchise will happen really soon. Considering that there is supposed to be an 18-year gap between Alien: Covenant and Alien, Ripley appearing in the next movies will probably mean her appearance would introduce the character in her younger years. Perhaps, her private life will be explored and her family, including her parents, will appear on the screen. The identity of her parents, specifically of her mother, has long been a point of interest in the franchise. Fans even suspected Katherine Waterstone’s Daniels As Ripley’s mother pointing out the similarities between the two female characters.
However, it does not mean that Weaver will be an important part of the prequels. It is also possible that her character will appear in the final moments of the last movie.
Either case, the next movies will be exciting for fans of the franchise. Alien: Covenant will be released in Digital HD, DVD and Blu-Ray in August. Here is the interview:
Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5
Meanwhile, Blomkamp also talked about his botched direct sequel to the original Aliens. It was rumored to be in development for a few years now, but, sadly, earlier this year, it was pronounced dead.
In a recent interview with Funhaus, the director shared his plans for the project which he said will include a completely new set of characters.
” I met Sigourney on Chappie and I had a different idea for an Alien film I wanted to make,” he was quoted by Bloody Disgusting. “So I had this idea for a story set in the world of those two first films that was not a continuation of James Cameron’s.”
He explained that the reason why the original plan did not include Weaver’s Ripley was that he thought the actor would be willing to return and reprise the role. However, when they two met on the set of Chappie, he got to talk to Weaver about the project and she said that the story of Ripley was not over yet.
“I told her about it on Chappie and she was like ‘No, no, no! I actually would make another one because I felt like Ripley’s story didn’t end correctly,'” he recalled.
Then, when he finished Chappie, he incorporated Weaver’s Ripley in the story and created a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens. Twentieth Century Fox loved his idea and then Scott came onboard as a producer. Unfortunately, “it just unraveled,” he said.
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