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Weaver on for final Alien film

SigourneyWeaver.jpgSigourney Weaver is on and off the idea of another Alien film like, well, like the idea of a fifth Alien film itself.

Well now she's back on again, but only if the script were right, and the Joss Whedon script just wasn't. The key though is that she doesn't feel the story is complete, and I think she's right.

I honestly can't spend the time linking to all the on and off stories that there have been about Sigourney Weaver a possible new Alien film, she's been dead set against it and dead set on it, but now this seems to be the final word, and a sensible word at that.

Speaking to MTV she says that she read the Joss Whedon script which Fox was going to make, but she wasn't keen on it:

“It took place on earth...Which, I have to say, just really didn’t interest me. And I just felt that every time we went out there, we needed to have a really original piece.”

I disagree, although I think the Earth story could really have worked. The comic books had Aliens infesting Earth, but that would have made the creatures a multitude rather than a single or a small group which give far more terror for the audience than hordes of faceless creatures racing at you, just take a look at Aliens vs. Predator to see that in practice. The fear of the one is far greater than the fear of the many don't you think?

“Once they were committed to Alien vs. Predator...If you don’t respect the creature - I haven’t seen them - but it just becomes too hum-drum.”

See, even Weaver agrees. Seems that she was keen on one idea though, no one else appears to have been though:

“I was all for going back to the original planet; I thought that would be interesting...But I was alone in that; we couldn’t really agree on what would be interesting.”

She does say that she would do the film any time if the script was right, but read that previous comment and between the lines of this one and it's clear that she'd only think the script was right if it was off Earth and back in space, and the story was the final one for the saga, the ending of Alien and (or) Ripley for good.

“Even in twenty years, if someone came to me and said, ‘This is the story, and it’s a really interesting story using that world’ [I’d do it]. I think it’s an amazing saga...it does feel slightly unfinished to me. But that has a lot to do with Fox, so it wouldn’t surprise me if another generation at Fox, looking at what they have, would [make it work].”

Well that's definitely a nudge if ever I heard one. Listen Fox, she'll do it and people would fork out great money to go see it, if it was as strong as the originals and a superb close to the series.

I certainly admit that the series is far from finished. There's no real end to the story, okay yes, there is that finality in the ending of the last film but that's not an ending to the story, it's just closing off everything quickly. In a real sense the story had just begun, after all Ripley was now closer to the Alien race than ever and that hasn't even begun to be explored. It's like a new Ripley and the ending of that film did no justice to her, the Alien or the series.

What do you think? Is she right in saying it has to be in space? Is the series truly finished?



Where could the series possibly go at this point? Producers ride the razor’s edge of genre demands, upholding the institution of the Alien, which has evolved into a chronicle. In this present economic environment, a studio like Fox is looking for a tent pole, so must insist upon maintaining the mythology of the franchise, despite how ridiculously convoluted its history has become. Reinvention risks alienation of the fans base and compromise of a meat-and-potato enterprise for 20th Century Fox, whereas a reboot (as with Batman and Star Trek) is the only sane answer to the question raised: Where could the series possibly go at this point. A reboot might provide Fox a nicely profitable niche, and reduce Ms Weaver’s importance to a cameo (should she choose to accept it) with a pretty good payday. The solution for the studio is to re-imagine the seminal event of the original film, hoping to elevate it.

Rather than gamble resources on new story concepts or characters, Hollywood studios are presently exploiting “name recognition” while growing a franchise or expanding the existing base, keeping the story down-to-earth (literally) and the cost in the $20-25 million range. There’s no money for outer space.

Indeed, is Hollywood going to remake every movie ever made? As foolproof as producing can possibly get, any kind of change right now for the industry can be quite risky. To deviate from expectation of a genre and a specific franchise, such as Alien, could alienate the core fan base. You don’t want to go too far, either way.

Perhaps the honest answer is that there is no answer…yet.


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