ByAlisha Grauso, writer at Creators.co
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So often, we look at a good actor or actress in a bad film and wonder, Why the hell did they agree to do this film? Sometimes, to be perfectly blunt, they do it for a paycheck or to mark "blockbuster film" off their checkbox. At other times, it's that the film seemed like a great idea on paper and in concept, but after extensive editing or studio meddling, it turned out a mess.

But sometimes, an actress will look at a film coming down the pipeline and understand the complete disaster headed her way, then bail before she goes down with the ship. Such was the case with sci-fi icon Sigourney Weaver and the Alien franchise when she caught wind of the Alien vs. Predator project, the actress revealed in a new interview with Radio Times. In fact, so certain was she that it was going to be a disaster that she specifically asked that her character, Ellen Ripley, be killed off in Alien 3 so she wouldn't have to appear in the ill-conceived crossover movie.

"Well, yes [I wanted her killed]. Because I heard that Fox was gonna do 'Alien vs Predator.' Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.

I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game, but at the time, it was, as Jim Cameron said I think publicly, 'Why would you want to do that?' It’s like making 'Alien Meets the Wolfman.'"

In fact, so poorly received was the idea of a xenomorph vs. Yautja beat-down that it chased not only Weaver away from the Alien franchise, but also original director Ridley Scott, revealed Weaver:

"In fact, Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, and he dropped out, because he also wanted to do an Alien sequel. I think it caused more problems than it was worth."

Granted, the original AVP (sci-fi fans still shudder at those three little letters, the same way Spider-Man fans shudder when they hear "emo Peter Parker") did well enough to warrant a sequel. But most fans and critics agree they were not very good movies, setting both the Alien and Predator franchises back considerably.

At least it had sweet wall-smashing action.
At least it had sweet wall-smashing action.

But some good news from the destruction that AVP hath wrought: Sigourney Weaver is on board for the as-yet untitled Alien sequel project with Neill Blomkamp, and she could not be more thrilled about it:

"I’m so excited about Neill. He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much. I love the fact that’s Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see."

While Elysium and Chappie may not have been the box office smashes that everyone had hoped for, it's likely to be an entirely different story when it's a passion project for Blomkamp. And if it has the Ellen Ripley stamp of approval, all the better.

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