But first I must take you back to those dark days in 1992, and again in 1997 (forgetting the whole Aliens vs. Predators thing for a moment) when, following the beleaguered Ellen Ripley’s escape from LV-426 and its Xenomorph inhabitants, she found nothing but continued misery in the form of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection respectively.
Ripley repeatedly saved mankind from not only corporate tyranny, but from having our collective intestine ripped out as human incubators. But did she ever get a moment’s peace or happiness. Or for that matter, did the fans?
That would be a great big “no way.”
However, hope now springs eternal.
Last week Sigourney Weaver raised a collective cheer when she publicly announced the Alien franchise was now in the capable hands of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp; then doubled our joy by saying she’s looking forward to returning to her signature role of Ellen Ripley in a new installment of the science-fiction series.
Weaver spoke to Variety magazine at the NYC premier of Blomkamp’s latest film Chappie in which she appears:
I can’t think of a better director. He’s a real fan. I think he’ll be true to the world and take it in unexpected directions. It’s got a lot of sinew in it. It will certainly stand up to the others and probably break a lot of new ground as well.
Weaver went on to say Blomkamp expressed his admiration for the first two films of her iconic series, Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, while they were shooting Chappie.
“Suddenly it seemed so obvious that this would happen,” said Weaver. “We’ve been in touch the last year, and he’s shared wonderful artwork.”
Blomkamp is no stranger to portraying a brutal and dystopian future, as he did in Elysium, but he did admit the world of Alien would be a bit of a departure.
I would love to make something in that world because the films use terror and dread and filmmaking techniques that are different than what I’ve dabbled in before.
Word on the underground grapevine indicates that Blomkamp’s treatment will completely ignore the third and fourth installments of Alien, and pick up where Cameron’s Aliens left off.
Thank you, Neill.
Additionally, both directors of the two original (good) films have kept a loose grip on the franchise. Ridley Scott holds tighter by building a bridge via the pre-Alien connections with his own film, Prometheus, and that movie’s planned sequel. James Cameron, on the other hand, continues to work with Weaver to this day on the Avatar sequels. Will either add a credited (or uncredited) hand to the new script, giving Ellen Ripley’s storyline a less tragic and more satisfying end?
Remember, at the end of Aliens back in 1986, Ripley was headed home with her assumingly adopted daughter “Newt” and a potential love interest in the form of the injured (but still hunky) Corporal Hicks.
And in space, no one can see you age.
What do you think? Feelings of excitement or dread? We have some time to ponder as the yet untitled film has a 2017 projected release. So go ahead and post a comment, or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org