Producer Walter Hill offers a disappointing update on a potential Alien 5 starring Sigourney Weaver, revealing the studio’s lack of interest in the project.
As the franchise’s future looks to the small screen, producer Walter Hill has a disappointing update on the project Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver. Weaver directed the cast of the original four Extraterrestrial movies like Ellen Ripley, a warrant officer in the distant future aboard the freighter the Nostromo whose life is turned upside down when she and her crew are attacked by a dangerous alien species now known as the Xenomorph. Ripley has become one of the most iconic heroines of the year since her Extraterrestrial debut, with Weaver also being nominated for an Oscar and a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination.
projects for a Alien 5 have been in the works since the 1997 release Alien: Resurrectionwith Joss Whedon writing a draft for a story set on Earth, which Weaver rejected, while original director Ridley Scott would go on to co-write and direct the earlier films, Prometheus and Alien: Pact, and Fox produced the Alien vs Predator franchise. Talk of a new movie began to rise in the early 2010s when Weaver expressed interest in returning as Ripley with a story of District 9by Neill Blomkamp which would act as a direct sequel to aliens. While it would initially be canceled in favor of Scott’s as yet unproduced third prequel, Alien: Awakeningformer director James Cameron has revealed he is working on reviving Blomkamp Alien 5 in 2019, though audiences hoping for that to happen might not want to hold their breath.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterWalter Hill was asked about the project Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver returning as the protagonist of the Ellen Ripley franchise. The producer offered a disappointing update on the project, revealing that he and his team pitched the film to Disney, but they weren’t receptive to the idea. See what Hill said below:
We tried that a few years ago with Sigourney. But that was when Aliens was still at Fox. The folks at Disney, who now control the aliens, have expressed no interest in going that route. I had an idea for a good story with the character of Ripley and Sigourney. But I hope to see her in Venice.
Hill’s update on potential Alien 5 starring Sigourney Weaver is sure to be disappointing for fans of the sci-fi/horror franchise, namely those who were eager to see her return with Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks, who was revealed to be involved in the film. with official concept art for it. Weaver had remained very positive about Blomkamp’s idea for the sequel, with the director revealing in mid-2021 that she was “really into ithis pitch and expressing his disbelief at the studio turning down the project, given the anticipation from fans. Hill is disappointing Alien 5 The update largely aligns with Blomkamp’s discussions of the matter, seeming to indicate that Disney has taken over the rights to the franchise after the Disney-Fox merger left many projects on the sidelines.
Although the proposal Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver perhaps not seeing the light of day, the franchise’s future isn’t so bleak. FX is currently developing a TV show from Fargo creator Noah Hawley, who will be set apart from films directed by Ripley, while 20th century studios have recently exploited don’t breathe‘s Fede Álvarez to write and direct an independent film from the previous ones. In the meantime, the public can review Weaver’s tenure in the franchise with the first four Extraterrestrial streaming movies on Starz now.