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Alien 5: What We Know, Including When It May Come Out

Ripley in the Loader in Aliens - Alien 5 Movie News: What's Going on, And When's It Coming Out?

In three days, on July 18th, James Cameron’s Aliens will turn 30. And to honor the film, there’s a planned Aliens reunion party at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23rd. So with the crew all getting back together, Sigourney Weaver has been pretty chatty about Alien 5.  But before we get to that Alien 5 movie news, let’s mention that this is not Alien: Covenant, which is the Prometheus sequel that Ridley Scott (who directed the original Alien) is currently directing.  No, this is a long-gestating Aliens sequel from director Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie), who is set to bring Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley character back one more time. (Just when you thought you were out…) Also, if you haven’t seen the movies (what? WHAT?) then, you know, Spoilers and all.

Sigourney Weaver Talks Alien 5 Movie News

So, let’s go over all the recent info we’ve been hearing about the series. First up, here’s what Sigourney Weaver had to say about why the film has been taking so long:

Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot his [second] Prometheus movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now.

Not cool Fox!  I don’t know why they feel it’s necessary to delay Alien 5, but hey, whatchagunnado. But, with Alien: Covenant set for an August 2017 release, at least we won’t have to wait much longer for them to get rolling, right?  Well, not so much.  Here’s Weaver again:

Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World. So we’ll have to see what happens when we get back when those projects are over.

Ah, c’mon!  That could take years! However, Weaver did say that she’s very interested in making sure the movie happens, saying that, “It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending.” She also provided a little insight on the script:

The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.

And finally, she addresses the question of how exactly she’s coming back, given her death in Alien3, and then resurrection/hybridization in Alien: Ressurection.

It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie. It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space, which was [Alien3 screenwriter] Vincent Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to creates a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.

Hmm.  OK.  They’re basically ignoring 3 and 4.  Which is fine.  They’re not bad movies, but they don’t really feel like part of a continuing story.  Like Weaver said, different paths. All these little bits of information are starting to get me excited for Alien 5. What do you guys think?  Is all this Alien 5 movie news getting you pumped, or has the era of Aliens passed?

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