Of course, Ripley and Newt are dead (we all know that), but in other circumstances I'd have been happy at this stage of the game to have Ripley show up in a cameo. It wouldn't even have to be as large a role as Harrison Ford's in Blade Runner 2049 -- her appearance could be as brief as Eddie James Olmos' cameo in BR. Maybe I'm really talking about a cameo by Ripley8.
Personally... as out there as this sounds... I'd love to see Jeri on the big screen. Jeri was my favorite synth from the comics.
Me too. But he'd fit into a sort of Alien:Res style of dark humour. Most fans didn't like that.
But he's an intriguing character. Android technology has apparently come so far, why should they all look human? Lot's of possibilities there, although there's always the danger (as in Ridley Scott's latest forays) that android business will overshadow Alien stuff.
Why should androids look human? Because the root word is andro, which is Greek for man. Maybe a female robot that is in the shape of a woman should be a gynoid? Andro is similar to anthro, but anthro means human. So if a robot is in the shape of a human but appears to have no gender characteristics, maybe it should be an anthroid?
Bottom line is, robots can take any shape, but androids are in the shape of man.
The concept of Ripley 8 was so far fetched, I don't even know if you could continue in that direction and make any sense.
Even though I enjoy AR, it still seems like more of an EU experience, than a serious entry in the series. Ripley died, on film, and that's that.
Nobody wants to continue from Alien: Resurrection. So if you can retcon one film, any other film is fair game. Alien 3 is a natural for an alternate time line, because that is when most people clearly saw the franchise go in an unpopular direction.
Mind you I enjoy watching Alien 3 and Resurrection just the same. And I will enjoy them long after they are retconned. They can be great alternate stories.