Yesterday was Alien Day, and part of the festivities included Sigourney Weaver showing up for a special screening of the 1979 classic Alien in New York. The movie introduces her character Ellen Ripley, and she has gone onto star in three more sequels including 1986's Aliens, 1994's Alien 3 and 1997's Alien: Resurrection. She completely skipped the Alien Vs. Predator movies that came out in the 2000s. In fact, she's never even watched them. And never will. Why? Well, it appears she has one very good reason.
Speaking to a packed house, Sigourney Weaver revealed for the first time ever that she has not bothered to watch the two Alien Vs. Predator movies. The actress was responding to a question from the audience, when someone brought up her alleged dislike of these sci-fi horror spinoffs. She explains.
"Well, I haven't seen them. Because I heard that the Alien doesn't beat the Predator and I thought, 'F- that.'"
While Sigourney Weaver didn't show up for the last two Alien movies, or the Prometheus prequel, she is not done with the franchise yet. Leading up to her appearance at the special Alien Day screening, the actress confirmed that Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 is not dead yet. She had this to say about the impending sequel during the Alien Day Q&A, courtesy of EW.
"It's going to be very satisfying. After [Alien: Resurrection], it was all going to end up on Earth and I didn't want to end up on Earth. It seemed so mundane to me, compared to the beauty of space. So, we kind of just left the whole story hanging and [it] always felt a little incomplete to me. And so, when Neill Blomkamp started to talk to me about a sequel to this movie, I thought, 'Gosh, that would be so great, to know that Ripley has a resting place eventually, and wouldn't it be great to end the series like that.' Not that the other two didn't happen. I love them all. But the filmmaker has to be inspired by what he is inspired by, and what he grew up with, and I think [Neill] wore the tapes out of Alien and Aliens. Anyway, we'll see what happens."
Sigourney Weaver also went onto confirm that co-star Michael Biehn will return in Alien 5, reprising his role as Corporal Hicks. In fact, there might be a little bit of romance in the cards for ol' Hick's and Ripley. Says Weaver.
"He's such a great guy, Michael. And he's so wonderful in this part. I think the part of Hicks is just a beautifully-written part, this very cool marine with great heart, and strength, and intelligence."
At this time, it isn't known when Alien 5 will start shooting. 20th Century Fox has not given the sequel a release date, with the project delayed so that Ridley Scott can director Alien: Covenant first. That movie is already shooting. It will be in theaters August 4, 2017.