After months of speculation and doubt, Aliens star Sigourney Weaver has finally revealed the status of the long gestating sequel to the iconic horror franchise. With the upcoming release of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, fans were unsure that Alien 5 would ever see the light of day. Well, the answer has finally come. And it comes straight from the mouth of Ellen Ripley herself!
It's definitely happening.
The 66-year-old Oscar nominee revealed that District 9's Neill Blomkamp's fifth entry into the decades spanning franchise is all but a done deal. She also stated she will most certainly be reprising her iconic and Academy Award nominated role as heroine Ellen Ripley.
It's definitely happening. And I'm going to be in every single scene.
Neill Blomkamp's Alien film has been plagued by delays, causing quite the severe amount of discomfort in the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. The main cause being the release of Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel Alien: Covenant. Scott politely asked Blomkamp to hold off on his Alien film until Covenant was finished and released.
Rumors suggest that since Alien: Covenant has finally started production and set a release date, Alien 5 will begin production in late 2017 for an expected release date in early 2018. Ridley Scott is set to produce the film that will supposedly reunite Sigourney Weaver with her Aliens co-star, Michael Biehn.
It's unknown what plotline the Blomkamp directed sequel will follow, but many fans have speculated it will revolve around somewhat of a Days of Future Past vibe, wherein the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection will be disconnected from the continuity. Blomkamp himself has stated in the past that his film will be closer to a sequel to James Cameron's Aliens. It is unknown if Aliens star Carrie Henn will be reprising her role of Newt from the 1986 film. Though it is highly unlikely as Henn stepped away from acting following the release of Cameron's Aliens, her only film credit to date.
Sigourney Weaver has said in the past that she's truly ready to bring a close to the franchise that began with Ridley Scott's original film in 1979. Also remarking her disatisfaction with how the story was left in Alien: Resurrection. She stated,
It's true we did leave the story in a nebulous place. I didn't want to go to Earth. I didn't think that was very interesting. But I must say, part of me would like the story to end. You have to reinvent the envelope, do things that are beloved and at the same time take it to a new place. It's a very difficult thing and I don't think it's anything a studio can manufacture.