In 1979 Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott pulled the rug out from under some dusty old stereotypes by making a female icon out of Alien's Ellen Ripley. The role was famously written for a man but instead tackled all that gender role bag by putting Weaver at centre stage.
Scott's Alien shook up the horror genre and seven years later James Cameron's follow up would take the action genre and do somewhat the same, pitting surrogate mother against queen mother for its mammoth conclusion.
The role made Weaver a star but where does it linger now? In the intermittent years Fincher's threequel and jeunet's Resurrection came and went but we haven't seen the character on screen for 17 years. All that said, however, if the actress is to be believed, we might not have to wait much longer...
Speaking at The Hero Complex Film Festival last week Weaver said there was a "longing in certain groups of fans" for the story to be concluded and that "There are very few filmmakers that I can think of" to do the job but concluded that "I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing that. So we’ll just have to see what happens."
But where would the story go? What might it be called? Who could these directors be? Lets get speculatin'.
The time travel option
Alien: Tomorrow's Dawn
Director: Rian Johnson and Shane Carruth
With all the loopholes, event horizons and space dust apparently banging around up there, why not get the Looper director- and his brain-box pal- to put them to good use. A Days of Future Past style arc could see Ripley sent back to the Prometheus timeline, or even a wee bit before, to destroy a nest of eggs, thereby changing the course of history forever.
Much like Jean Grey et al, this timeline would potentially save the doomed crew of the 1979 Alien's Nostromo, leaving the door open for all sorts of madness. An end credits sequence of John Hurt and Harry Dean Stanton nailing a few cold ones would be worth the ticket price alone.
The trippy horror option
Director: Ben Wheatley
If the producers wanted to go down the Horror route they might want to flutter their eyelashes towards this young London auteur. Wheatley would most likely send his crew on some sort of horrific pagan worshipping substance fuelled journey to the stars. Imagine Kubrick's Star Gate sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey scored by a psychedelic synth band from Grimsby.
This would probably be the wildest option out there- potentially even more bananas than Vincent Ward's lost Wooden Planet script- but by god would it be something. Wheatley's next project is an adaptation of High Rise- one of J.G. Ballard's best sci-fi efforts- and with Tom Hiddlestone down for a starring role, it could very well go big.
Indeed, stranger things have happened...
The likely grand finale option
Director: Neill Blomkamp
This might be the most likely route: With Earth on its last legs, a rag tag band take a trip to the Alien home planet (or at least inhabited planet) for one final strike. Theories have raged that the Xenomorphs were bred by the Space Jockeys as a weapon of war and that the ship in Prometheus was built to wipe out the over-reaching Humans on Earth. So if all these powers are still at work, that titular Extinction could swing either way.
A Prometheus sequel could potentially set this up rather nicely and with all those corporate weapon dealer subplots, Blomkamp could sink his teeth into some social commentary too.
Just to note we're focusing on young up and coming directors here and would just as happily see Nolan, Jadorowski or any other number of artists take a punt.
But what do we know? Who do you think could do Ripley justice for her last hurrah? Let us know below.
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