Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is one of the most iconic characters of a generation. The fierce, xenomorph battering badass played a key role in the original Alien franchise, with her last appearance coming in Alien: Resurrection (1997), then appearing as a cloned version of the character.
Considering her popularity, it's no surprise that Neil Blomkamp's alternate vision of events has fans clinging on tighter than a facehugger on steroids to the prospect of more Ripley. The District 9 (2009) director has flirted with the franchise for what feels like an eternity, waiting patiently in the wings to direct Alien 5.
That movie won't arrive until Ridley Scott is done with his own prequel series, starting with 2012's Prometheus and continuing with Alien: Covenant next year, but that hasn't stopped Sigourney Weaver from talking about the film at various opportunities.
"Give This Woman An Ending"
Back in April, she claimed the Blomkamp's vision was the "most satisfying" end to the story. Now, she claims it would provide a fitting conclusion to the character's story arc.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed the film would've been produced already, had Scott not continued with his own story. She also claimed that Blomkamp's narrative would be fulfilling for her character. She said:
“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. 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.”
There have been contrasting reports on how Alien 5 would pick things up, but it looks likely that Blomkamp would disregard the events of David Fincher's Alien 3 (1992) onwards. Not only would that provide scope to bring back characters such as Rebecca “Newt” Jorden, it also provides the opportunity to change the ending of Ripley's story.
But Is A Different Ending A Good Thing?
Granted, Alien 3 is widely regarded as a poor film, but Ripley's ending is one of the more agreeable aspects to it. It seemed fitting that, having courageously battled against the xenomorphs, often facing death, her final act was to sacrifice herself in order to kill the baby alien Queen.
It's hard to imagine another scenario that could work, especially considering fans will be fully aware of the original premise. While Alien is a story of survival, it's still uncompromising, and a fairytale ending may seem out of place.
A Troubled Road Ahead For Alien: Covenant?
Before then, the Alien franchise will continue with Scott's Alien: Covenant, and we'll have to wait for more information on Alien 5. Signals coming from that film allude to potential problems with production; from Noomi Rapace's confirmed, unconfirmed and the confirmed again involvement, to confusion over the narrative to the story (and whether we'll see any xenomorph action).
For now, all we can do is wait with bated breath and hope we eventually see worthy additions to the franchise on the big screen. We should get to see both Scott's depiction of the lead-up to events in the original Alien (1979) and Blomkamp's fresh take in Alien 5. Considering Weaver's enthusiasm, it can only be a matter of time.
Check out the most iconic quotes from the original Alien below:
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Source: Entertainment Weekly