Many fans still can't quite embrace Alien 3, with some considering it the worst movie in the franchise. Some hate it simply because it kills off beloved character Ripley at the end, sending her to a fiery death. And though she was resurrected as a clone in Alien Resurrection, many simply aren't willing to forgive director David Fincher and his sequel for what it did. While speaking with London Times at London Comic-Con this past weekend, star Sigourney Weaver confirmed it was her decision to kill off Ripley. Though, we shouldn't blame the actress. Alien Vs. Predator is the real culprit to blame!
While 2012's Prometheus is considered a prequel to Alien, the true Alien franchise came to a close with 2004's Alien Vs. Predator and 2007's Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem. Neither of which set the box office on fire. Most fans of the long-running series did not enjoy either crossover, and you can count Sigourney Weaver in that group. She definitely wasn't impressed by these spinoff crossovers. And when asked whether or not it was truly her decision to end Ripley's life on the big screen in Alien 3, she had this to say.
"Well, yes - because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies."
Alien Vs. Predator was one of those movies that sat in development for a long time. It was already moving forward as early as 1992, when Alien 3 came out. But it wouldn't arrive for 12 more years, with Sigourney Weaver returning in Alien Resurrection first. The actress claims that Alien Vs. Predator was a big reason original director Ridley Scott didn't return to the franchise. He wanted to do Alien 3, but didn't like the direction 20th Century Fox wanted to take with the series. He was actually on board for a long while, but bailed, with first time director David Fincher taking his place. So not only is Alien Vs. Predator responsible for killing off Ripley, it also meant we wouldn't see Ridley Scott return to this world until 2012's Prometheus.
Sigourney Weaver might hate the idea behind Alien Vs. Predator, she is truly pumped about Alien 5, which will reunite her with her Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. It isn't known how they plan to resurrect Ripley for this next true sequel, which will continue the story of Alien and Aliens, but won't wipe away the events seen in Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection. The movie is also bringing back Corporal Hicks, played by Michael Biehn, who is reported as dead in Alien 3. But he was brought back to life in a recent video game. About Alien 5, Sigourney Weaver had this to say.
"He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much. I love the fact that's Neill's fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see."
20th Century Fox has not confirmed Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn will return in Alien 5, but it seems all but official at this point. Both actors and Neill Blomkamp have openly talked about the sequel in a number of interviews. Though, we still don't quite know how the story is going to reunite the characters, or in what direction it is set to go. What do you think about all this? Are you happier knowing Sigourney Weaver is responsible for the death of Ripley? And are you excited to see her return in Alien 5?