What Sigourney Weaver wanted in Alien 5 (and why she killed it)

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

It's been a long time since we ever thought about an Alien 5. Alien Resurrection pretty much killed it, and now Ridley Scott is going back in time to do a prequel. That means no more Ripley—but Sigourney Weaver still has ideas about the kind of Alien 5 she wanted to make.

"You know, it would be interesting for me to go back now and revisit the character, an older Ripley," Weaver said in a interview Oct. 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif while promoting The Alien Anthology, which hits Blu-ray Oct. 26. "I certainly think the audience would be fine with it. To show how capable an older person is in something difficult, in a situation that's difficult. In terms of the character, it would be awesome to be able to play a woman like Ripley at my age, but I can't really see how to do that. I think it's probably a better idea to do the prequel and start afresh with only whatever the alien community might be."

For those of you who don't remember, or blocked it out of memory, Alien Resurrection introduced a Ripley cloned with DNA mixed with the creature. She was destined to return to Earth 200 years after Aliens and Alien 3. That's what we'd been waiting for all along—Ripley on Earth!

"We were thinking about doing this fifth one, and I didn't really want to go ahead and do it on Earth," Weaver revealed. "So we kind of left the sentence unfinished. There's something slightly unfinished to me about it. I wasn't too keen to come to Earth. I always feel that science fiction, when it comes to Earth, it's a little [Weaver mimics yawning]. I wanted to go back to the original planet that the space jockey brought the eggs from and go back into the alien world rather than have the alien arrive in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower."

That Eiffel Tower idea sounds pretty cool, though. Get a queen wrapped around the scaffolding. Weaver won't go there, though. "I think I was part of what put the kibosh on that," she said. "I think actually after four different interpretations, I wanted to take more time to take stock of what the opportunities were. I think it's great that Ridley is the person who's going to make the prequel, because I think there are other opportunities there. It's wonderful to reinvigorate that world with a fresh perspective."

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