In much the same way a person in serious denial can mentally skip over their mistakes and pretend they never happened, Sigourney Weaver will return to her most famous role of Ripley in a new Alien movie that will be a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Aliens rather than the two not-so-good follow-ups. Although director Neill Blomkamp is teaming up with Weaver for what is technically the fifth film in the franchise (the eighth, actually, if you include the two Alien versus Predator films and the Alien prequel Prometheus, although I’d understand if you wish to forget those), the new film will ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.
Talking to Sky Movies, Weaver said “I would love to take Ripley from orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such an excellent story.” Blomkamp sees the new film as “literally the genetic sibling of Aliens; so it’s Alien, Aliens, this movie.” So no bald monks, no horrific cloning experiments. Does this mean the return of the little girls Newt and rugged Corporal Hicks? And given that Blomkamp’s new movie CHAPPIE is about a lovable robot, can we hope that the new Alien film will see a return of the heroic artificial person and knife enthusiast Bishop?