One of the many movies celebrating a milestone anniversary this year is the beloved 1986 sci-fi sequel Aliens, director James Cameron's follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece Alien. This franchise is alive and well, with Ridley Scott currently filming Alien: Covenant, a follow-up to 2012's Prometheus that will help bridge the gap between the prequel and the original Alien. Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is also putting together a project tentatively known as Alien 5, but we don't know when that will move forward quite yet. While celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Aliens at Comic-Con this weekend, director James Cameron revealed the Alien franchise's biggest mistake.
Screen Rant attended the Aliens 30th Anniversary panel at SDCC, which included James Cameron, producer Gale Ann Hurd and stars Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Bill Paxton (Hudson), Lance Henriksen (Bishop), Paul Reiser (Burke), Michael Biehn (Hicks) and Carrie Henn (Newt). While the sequel is still beloved by fans around the world, the follow-up, 1992's Alien 3, which marked the directorial debut of an up and coming filmmaker named David Fincher, still represents a sore spot in the franchise for many fans. James Cameron revealed that he thinks the filmmaker and the studio made the franchise's biggest mistake by killing off Newt and Hicks.
"I thought it was dumb [that Hicks and Newt were killed off]. I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. I mean look, [David] Fincher's a friend of mine, and David is an amazing, amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late and they had a horrible script and they were rewriting it on the fly, and it was just a mess. I think it was a big mistake. So I certainly - had [producer Gale Anne Hurd and I] been involved, we would not have done that because we felt we earned something with the audience with those characters."
After Aliens, the franchise segued into Alien Resurrection in 1997, before shifting to an adaptation of the popular video game Alien vs. Predator, and its sequel Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem. There have been reports that both Newt and Hicks will return in Alien 5, which has been rumored to be a direct sequel of Aliens, that disregards the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, but we don't know for sure. Sigourney Weaver did have this to say about Neill Blomkamp's script during the Comic-Con panel though.
"There is an incredible script by Neill. I didn't want to do a fifth one. I thought going to earth wouldn't be fun. I got this script that was amazing and gives fans everything they're looking for and innovates in ways that became part of the world for me. He has things to do and I have things to do. And I hope that we'll circle back around to do it once those things are done."
While we don't know when production may begin on Alien 5, or when the full title may be revealed, Sigourney Weaver teased earlier this month that this movie will give her iconic Ripley character a proper ending. 20th Century Fox hasn't issued a release date for Alien 5 so stay tuned for more updates on the project. We'll have to wait and see if Alien 5 can eventually corrent the mistakes made in Alien 3, which may be the case if these rumors are true.