The upcoming Alien 5 and Prometheus 2 will surely be one of the weirdest beats in the sci-fi blockbuster canon, given that we've never seen such similar products going head to head, and helmed by such vastly different directors. I get the feeling that these movies are set to split the Alien fandom into two camps. Those pumped for Neill Blomkamp's continuation of the franchise are largely dedicated to James Cameron's Aliens, and those on board with Prometheus 2 are likely chasing the high set by the 1979 masterpiece.
The two directors are putting a happy face on things, but rumors of script re-writes avoiding conflicting stories make it hard not to put these two films in competition. In the approach to late 2016, I'm ready to put on my fandom cap, and fight for the movie that impressed me more. Alas, there's one possibility for Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 that I never quite considered.
What If Alien 5 and Prometheus 2 Cross Over?
Initially, I dismissed this possibility in another article as stupid wish fulfillment. Imagine if someone in the first Prometheus offhandedly referred to their 3 year old daughter "Ellen". It would be about as pandering as a franchise could get. It would be like if one of the dwarfs in [The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug](tag:512310) made a reference to his son "Gimli"... oh wait.
The more I think about the possibility of these movies crossing over, the more it seems plausible. Prometheus and Aliens are such massively different properties, I just can't stave off that morbid curiosity of seeing Elizabeth Shaw and Ellen Ripley inhabit the same space. It's easy to dismiss, and on the face of it, it's a really bad idea, but that's exactly why it could turn out great!
Ripley in Prometheus 2
I'm willing to admit that any crossover between these two movies would require some tinkering with the timeline. Prometheus takes place a long, LONG time before even Aliens. 86 years to be exact. I'm not saying that the Alien franchise goes all Terminator, shooting itself in the foot by introducing time travel, but it can always use the form of time travel that works for everyone. Y'know. The kind that goes forwards.
It wouldn't be hard to simply have Shaw floating in space for 100 years, and for Ripley to somehow show up in the quest to find the Engineers. What I would like most about this is that Ripley probably wouldn't care about the deep meaning of it all, and would be more likely to nuke the engineers from orbit than to pursue the deep reasons for humanity's creation. She's just too world-weary to be concerned with all that crap!
Shaw in Alien 5
As far as I'm concerned, Elizabeth Shaw isn't a legitimate character in the Alien canon until she's been in stasis fro a disproportionate amount of time. As noted, it would be pretty easy to have Shaw floating around until the events of Alien 5, but unlike Ripley, this would provide the possibility for growth and development in the character, rather than regression. The assumption that an Alien movie needs to star Sigourney Weaver is a silly one, as all that's required is a compelling female presence that can adapt and change between movies. I would love to see Noomi Rapace encounter Xenomorphs, and for her faith in creation to be decimated the moment someone gets chestbursted!
The Alien Expanded Universe
And so we come to the obvious possibility of a crossover between Alien 5 and Prometheus 2. Fans will naturally jump to the conclusion that these movies could split off into different properties only to reunite and blow our minds because hey it worked for The Avengers! This is the one reservation I have, for the Alien franchise is defined by its eclectic nature. It needs to be a hotchpotch mix of disparate styles and voices. Unifying everything through the narrative would make for a neat experiment in the story, but would ultimately take away from what Alien is!
What's your take on all this. Should Alien 5 and Prometheus 2 really attempt a crossover, or is this all risky territory for Neill Blomkamp and Ridley Scott? Share your thoughts with a post here on MoviePilot, and as always, don't forget to vote in our poll, and leave a comment below!