Joss Whedon has a lot of great credits on his resume, but there is still at least one dud in his back catalog that haunts him to this day. Did you ever see Alien: Resurrection?
Whedon wrote the script for the 1997 Alien sequel, which many credit for almost killing a franchise that was already on its last leg. Whether you blame Whedon’s script or Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s directing, there’s no denying that that film was absolutely terrible.
He may be a geek god now because of The Avengers, but it’s easy to forget that just a few years ago Whedon was nothing more than a cult fave director and writer, best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But now that he’s the hottest name in Hollywood, does that Resurrection debacle still keep him up at night? Not surprisingly, yes.
In a chat about the franchise as a whole, including Whedon’s take on Prometheus, he addressed his lingering feelings about Resurrection:
"Yes, I did see Pro-meaningless," he joked. "In all seriousness, Alien: Resurrection was, I thought, the lowest I could ever feel. And then they cancelled Firefly. 'Yup, there you go. That's me feeling even lower.' Let me quote King Lear - 'The worst is not, so long as we can say, ‘This is the worst’...
You don't ever get over it. When you are making a movie you are making something that is going to last forever, especially now with the internet. So there is always going to be a [$#1!!y] Alien movie out there. A [$#1!!y] Alien movie with my name on it."
Most fans would agree with you there, Joss. Resurrection was a train wreck from the opening few minutes, and just got worse from there. So where does Whedon think it went wrong? In his eyes, it all started with the cast assembled by Jeunet:
"Casting is storytelling. I wrote two characters for Alien: Resurrection and their arc was that you would not know what way they were going to go. One of them turned out to be insane - and what do they do? They call Brad Dourif. So there is no plot twist. Brad is a very good actor but he has been pigeonholed into these roles. Then they case J.E. Freeman as a thug - and his character was also supposed to be a mystery. So there you go again - the mystery is gone. Those are just a couple of examples because there are thousands of them when it comes to Alien: Resurrection."
Do you agree with Whedon? What do you think was the biggest problem with Resurrection?