For almost 40 years, Sigourney Weaver has been associated with her signature role, Ellen Ripley in the first four Alien movies. And if Weaver has her way, she’ll be back at least one more time to give Ripley the ending that she deserves.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly about Neill Blomkamp‘s stalled script for Alien 5, Weaver said “it’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending.” She added that it does retcon away the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection: “It’s just as if…the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie…In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.”
Alien 3 did give Ripley an ending, but it was a pretty bleak conclusion for a woman who had overcome the Xenomorphs twice before to cast herself into a furnace to prevent the birth of a Xenomorph Queen. Alien: Resurrection seemed like it was more interested in bringing the Ripley clone together with Winona Ryder’s Annalee Call, potentially for new adventures in sequels that never materialized.
So, what would a good ending for Ripley look like after those two films? It would be a let down if Ripley simply sacrificed herself again, so perhaps this time Ripley would get what she wanted in the second movie: a chance to have a surrogate family with Newt and an opportunity to live free of the Xenomorphs. Maybe they’d even make it to Earth in this incarnation.
Alien 5 has been put on hold for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, but Weaver reiterated her desire to return to the project as soon as possible.
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