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Corporal Hicks
Jun 11, 2020, 05:45:25 PM
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Talking to the Empire Magazine for their latest Heroes Issue, Sigourney Weaver revealed to the magazine that Walter Hill sent her a 50 page treatment for an Alien 5! Unfortunately she doesn’t mention any details, but Weaver states that she received it nearly 18 months back, in the aftermath of the death of Blomkamp’s Alien 5.

Speaking to Empire in the new Heroes Issue – on sale now – Weaver revealed that she received a 50-page treatment from Alien franchise producer Walter Hill around a year and a half ago for a different take on a fifth Ripley film, which came about in the aftermath of Blomkamp’s project falling through – though she’s ultimately not sure the future of Alien rests in the revival of that legendary character. “I don’t know,” she said. “Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”

Walter Hill and David Giler at the premiere of Alien 3.

Though once a huge part of the Alien franchise, Walter Hill has been absent from the series since Alien 3. Hill co-wrote multiple drafts of both the original Alien and Alien 3 along with his Brandywine partner David Giler.

This issue of Empire is now on shelves, but we don’t know yet if the actual article goes into more detail about this treatment.

Update: Here’s the full two page article in PDF format.

Empire Magazine (July 2020)

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Local Trouble
Jun 11, 2020, 05:49:02 PM
Reply #1 on: Jun 11, 2020, 05:49:02 PM
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“I don’t know,” she said. “Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”

I agree.


Corporal Hicks
Jun 11, 2020, 05:56:23 PM
Reply #2 on: Jun 11, 2020, 05:56:23 PM
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I think I'm more impressed Hill is wanting to get involved again and did a nice beastly treatment. Honestly though, give me my soft reboot Studios/Disney!


El Pistolero
Jun 11, 2020, 05:59:38 PM
Reply #3 on: Jun 11, 2020, 05:59:38 PM
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Riplay died in Alien 3. She had a perfect story and a perfect Ending.

I think the best way to continue is a really good Sequel to Covenant.


marrerom
Jun 11, 2020, 06:02:35 PM
Reply #4 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:02:35 PM
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As long as its a sequel to Alien Resurrection and not a retcon of Alien 3 i'm willing to give it a chance.


razeak
Jun 11, 2020, 06:04:24 PM
Reply #5 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:04:24 PM
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Can we retcon A:R?


OpenMaw
Jun 11, 2020, 06:08:45 PM
Reply #6 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:08:45 PM
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Could just as easily be that Ripley would be there in spirit and not a physical player in the story. Similar to Alien Isolation. She voices the opening, the flight log, and then her voice is sampled for the end credits.

I'd love a connection like that. I'd honestly really like them to do something like Alien Isolation.


The Eighth Passenger
Jun 11, 2020, 06:16:55 PM
Reply #7 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:16:55 PM
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Quote from: Sigourney Weaver
she’s ultimately not sure the future of Alien rests in the revival of that legendary character. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”

Yeah, this woman doesn't know what she wants. Or perhaps Hill's script wasn't as enticing as Blomkamp's one.

Quote from: Neill Blomkamp
“I basically worked on Alien for about…I met Sigourney on Chappie and I had a different idea for an Alien film I wanted to make. So I had this idea for a story set in the world of those two first films that was not a continuation of James Cameron’s. It was just in the world of it and it had a totally different character that was the lead character. Because my assumption was that Sigourney would just never make another one and I told her about it on Chappie and she was like “No, no, no! I actually would make another one because I felt like Ripley’s story didn’t end correctly.” I was like “oh, okay. That’s amazing!”

Quote from: Sigourney Weaver
I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.

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Either way, she sounds determined to revisit Ellen Ripley. “It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” Weaver says, which makes it sound like this would be her final go-round as the character. That means resolution — not that Ripley will necessarily die. (Note that she’s died before, and that obviously didn’t end anything.)

Quote from: Neill Blomkamp
My apprehension with Alien was that I had never worked with someone else’s material. And not even someone else – at this point it was like… I’m going to count Fincher in with the third one, even though the third one I don’t like as much as the first two. But they’re all three awesome filmmakers. So it’s not about living up to it and being nervous about it, I just don’t want other people to tell me what to do. Which is a different thing. ‘Well we think in this film this should happen because it happened in that one.’  That kind of scared me a little bit so then I was like ‘I’m just not going to do it, I’m just going to put it out.’ But then I spoke to Sigourney [Weaver]. And I love Sigourney and her wanting to execute the story  that I wrote, and she thinks it’s the right story for Ripley. So I was like ‘Nah, I’m fully going to do this.’



Voodoo Magic
Jun 11, 2020, 06:18:14 PM
Reply #9 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:18:14 PM
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Even considering his participation, I wonder if Hill was planning on retconning Alien3.

Roughly 18 months ago?  Disney's announcement of the merger was what, December 2017?  Roughly 30 months ago?  The merger was complete maybe 15 months ago. Hmm.  One of those killed projects?

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marrerom
Jun 11, 2020, 06:42:00 PM
Reply #11 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:42:00 PM
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Can we retcon A:R?

No Retconning of any kind. Last thing we need is for the Alien series to end up like Terminator... Just a jumbled mess with 3 sequels to the same movie.

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Evanus
Jun 11, 2020, 06:48:07 PM
Reply #12 on: Jun 11, 2020, 06:48:07 PM
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Yeah, not a fan of retconning anything. Ripley had a great ending, just let it rest. Third prequel, and then a soft reboot is probably the best way.


Nazrel
Jun 11, 2020, 07:07:17 PM
Reply #13 on: Jun 11, 2020, 07:07:17 PM
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They need to stop throwing ripley and her name into everything



 

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