Probably the darkest cloud hanging over the Alien franchise is the treatment of the character of Ellen Ripley in the third and fourth films. Therefore, it's no surprise that Sigourney Weaver is eager to revisit the character and give her a proper send-off, one which she promises is on the horizon if and when she and director Neill Blomkamp ever get around the making their planned Alien film.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Weaver revealed that she and her Chappie director will eventually reunite for this film, even if it takes a little longer than fans want. "In any case, [the Aliens sequel] 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.”
Fans are rightly dissatisfied with the direction the character went in both Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection, and this film seeks to correct that, apparently, without necessarily canceling out those films. As Weaver says, “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 [Alien3 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.”
As for what this new script does to correct those problems that cropped up in those last two films, Weaver says that the biggest dropped ball was the lack of a decent conclusion for her character, something this new film will most assuredly give us. “It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. 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,” Weaver says. “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.”
I hope so too. As much as I love David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Juenet, I'm fine with a film that ignores those last two Alien films.