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“All That We See Or Seem Is But A Dream Within A Dream” – Walter Hill Talks His Alien 5 Treatment

Last week Sigourney Weaver dropped the news that long time Alien producer and co-writer Walter Hill had sent her a 50-page treatment that he had completed for Alien 5! Because Hill hasn’t actually been involved with any of the Alien films since Alien 3, the news of his treatment came as something of a shock.

Though she was the one to tell everyone about this new treatment, Sigourney actually seemed unsure of the prospect of returning to reprise Ripley, telling Empire that “Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”

Now that news has been getting around of Hill’s Alien 5 treatment, Brandywine and Hill have reached out to SyFy Wire, suggesting that perhaps Sigourney is being a little on the modest side!

“Sigourney, as she has from the very beginning, is being too modest about her proven ability to pull off the idea — which is to tell a story that scares the pants off your date, kicks the ass of a new Xenomorph, and conducts a meditation on both the universe of the Alien franchise and the destiny of the character of Lt. Ellen Ripley.”

 "All That We See Or Seem Is But A Dream Within A Dream" - Walter Hill Talks His Alien 5 Treatment

And though details on the actual direction of Walter Hill’s treatment are still unknown, Brandywine did provide SyFy Wire a quick image of the treatment. Alien vs. Predator Galaxy has also been provided with a copy of the title page that features a credit to not only Walter Hill, but also David Giler. This latest draft is actually from March of 2020, showing that work on the treatment didn’t end a year and a half ago after Weaver first received the treatment.

 "All That We See Or Seem Is But A Dream Within A Dream" - Walter Hill Talks His Alien 5 Treatment

And in true Walter Hill and David Giler fashion, the title page features 2 quotes. One from Edgar Allan Poe regarding dreams, and another from William Tecumseh Sherman that simply states “war is hell.”

Dreams are also mentioned at the top of the title page, with a play on the famous Alien tagline, that “in space no one can you dream.” Given the prevalence of dreams on the title-page alone, is it this an indication that Hill and Giler’s Alien 5 would have written away Alien 3 and Resurrection as cryosleep dreams?

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