"No one wanted a depressing, violent, gory, hopeless movie." Blanket statement? I wanted that, happy nuclear families in space is antithetical to the Lovecraftian ethos of the universe quite frankly. Now they need not be "happy", sure, there's a way to make it work if the screenplay is intelligent enough to pull it off, but Sigourney has just totally flipped flopped; she had a large say with Ripley's fate in 3, she wanted to "liberate the series" from being beholden to Ripley, then comes along Resurrection and she praises Whedon's script as, quote, "amazing", she got a fat pay check for Resurrection, lest we forget, and no doubt she'll get another one for Alienkamp. She ultimately doesn't really care about broadening the mythos in any substantive way beyond giving Ripley's fate another try, yet I feel Ripley had a fine ending in 3, flawed as 3 was.
But I guess alternate timelines are inevitable with every long running franchise now it seems, so, so be it.