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Walter Hill and Sigourney Weaver working on new Alien movie

June 21st, 2020 by Marc Comments

You may recall a few years ago – 2017 to be precise – that Neil Blomkamp came very close to getting a new Alien movie made (here).

The movie was set to bring back star Sigourney Weaver and also Aliens star Michael Biehn as it was set to basically ignore anything after James Cameron’s iconic sequel.

However, the movie wasn’t to be but now we have some details on a project that was at planning stages from producer Walter Hill.

Weaver has confirmed that she received a 50 page treatment from Hill just over a year ago and, like Blomkamp’s plan, it seems it too was looking to become basically Alien 5, but Weaver doesn’t seem keen to bring the role back, telling Empire: “I don’t know… Ridley has gone in a different direction. Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.”

Now Hill has supplied an image of the script for Alien 5 which is dated… March 13th 2020, and is co-written by fellow franchise producer/screenwriter David Giler, which means it was ready to rock just before lockdown came in:

However, Hill also seems to suggest that Weaver was much more involved than she takes credit for: “Sigourney, as she has from the very beginning, is being too modest about her proven ability to pull off the idea — which is to tell a story that scares the pants off your date, kicks the ass of a new Xenomorph, and conducts a meditation on both the universe of the Alien franchise and the destiny of the character of Lt. Ellen Ripley.”

This is interesting because it is clearly being developed long after Blomkemp developed his movie and also, since it’s now owned by Disney who bought over 20th Century Fox, it’s a big uncertainty if it might actually happen… maybe that’s why it says ‘In space nobody can hear you dream’ on the script’s cover page.

With the news that Ridley Scott still has plans for a third Prometheus movie, perhaps the Alien franchise still has life left in it.

Let me know your thoughts, gang…

Source: SyFyWire

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….