Aliens is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and that being the case, a lot of the cast and filmmakers who worked on the movie have been reflecting on it recently and looking ahead to the future of the franchise. Sigourney Weaver is pretty much the most consistent player in the Alien franchise, and she isn't quite done with Ripley yet. She has plans to play the character one more time in Neill Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5, and she recently shared some details on what to expect from the movie.
Speaking with EW about the recently announced Aliens reunion that will be taking place at San Diego Comic Con this month, the subject of Blomkamp's sequel inevitably came out. The movie appears to be on hold for now, but Weaver is talking about it as though it is still very much alive, and she clarified some things about the timeline of the movie, saying that it will more or less ignore what happened in both Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Here is what she had to say.
"It's just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill's movie."
The comment that Weaver is making very much echoes what we have heard about the movie in the past. Director Neill Blomkamp, who essentially willed the Aliens sequel into existence by posting some concept art online while promoting Chappie, also said that he wants the movie to be a continuation of Alien and Aliens, because those were the movies in the franchise that spoke to him. As of right now, the project is in something of a holding pattern. Fox gave it a greenlight pretty quickly, but then Ridley Scott stepped in and decided that he wanted to turn the Prometheus sequel into a proper Alien prequel, now called Alien: Covenant. Scott reportedly has a couple of these movies planned, so it is hard to know when Blomkamp will get to make the movie, but it appears to still be alive in some fashion.
The movie will surely be talked about a great deal at the Aliens reunion panel, which is scheduled for July 23, the Saturday of San Diego Comic Con. Weaver will be in attendance and will be joined by her Aliens co-stars Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Bien and even Carrie Henn, who played Newt. As exciting as all of that is, perhaps the biggest news is that director James Cameron is taking some time away from his four Avatar sequels to participate in the panel. Here is what Cameron had to say about it.
"You know, it's interesting. I don't normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we're going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn't do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there's something about Aliens. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations."
Aliens went on to win two Academy Awards and is considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all-time, right alongside another James Cameron movie, T2. The movie is a massive departure from what Ridley Scott did with the first Alien, but they are both among the most well regarded sci-fi movies ever made. Aliens, for what it's worth, has a 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. We will be sure to keep you updated on Neill Blomkamp's Aliens sequel, especially following the Aliens reunion at San Diego Comic Con.