Do people even want Alien 5? While Ridley Scott‘s own Prometheus didn’t set the world on fire, it’s still getting a sequel. That film series is set generations before the events in Alien and it seems its sequel will move even further and further away from the universe created back in the late 70’s. So if a new Alien film was in the works, where would it fit in? What would it be about? Who would be in it?
According to Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver, she would be keen to star.
Speaking at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival, Weaver talked briefly about the possibility of playing Ripley in another Alien film. Being the sly, successful public person she is, she didn’t shoot down the idea. In fact, she said she could see it happening.
Had we done a fifth one, I don’t doubt that her humanity would have prevailed.… I do feel like there is more story to tell.
She followed that up with this:
I feel a longing from fans for the story to be finished. I could imagine a situation where we finish telling the story.
“Finish telling the story”. No better way to get Alien fans intrigued by saying that. Weaver – and presumably others associated with the films – feel like there is more story to tell! Riply is on board! The sequel is imminent!
Well, don’t get too excited. In fact, don’t get excited at all. This wasn’t some hint or suggestion that wheels are turning and a script is being dreamed up. This was simply Weaver stating her opinion. It would have been great if the interviewer then asked, “So, any chance of that actually happening?” but so be it. The fact is that Weaver is just spit-balling and wondering aloud. Alien 5 isn’t happening. Not now and not anytime soon. This is the sort of non-answer that actors are talented at giving. It’s not completely shooting down the idea but it’s gently saying it’s a long, long, long shot. She would do it, she likes the idea, but that doesn’t really mean anything.
We have another Prometheus movie on the horizon, remember? Since Prometheus is a sort of prequel to the Alien movies maybe they can tie Ripley in that way. Maybe Ripley as a young, young, young woman. Lord knows the second film is going to have to do something to liven it up. As I said before, Prometheus wasn’t bad but, Lordy, it sure wasn’t that great.
I would love to see Ripley on the big screen again but with the current state of the Alien universe on film, it won’t be happening. But it is nice to know that both Sigourney Weaver and I think about Ripley and the possibilities she has.