Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5 has been one of the most hotly anticipated sequels in recent months. Although Alien Covenant has garnered most of the headlines due to its current production status, Alien 5 is still very much in production and will change the timeline in a drastic way. Sigourney Weaver disclosed some details about her role in Alien 5 during a article with Entertainment Weekly:
“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,” she (Weaver) says. “It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending"
It is very intriguing to hear this latest bit of news, that this entry will apparently be Ripley's last appearance in the franchise. This is especially interesting considering the apparent confusion with the timeline and where this movie stands in terms of the previous Alien Movies. Weaver clarified:
“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,” Weaver says. “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 create a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s Aliens.”
It would seem that this movie will take place in an alternate timeline, one in which Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection do not occur. It is more of a direct sequel to Aliens, which may allow for more story possibilities. These story possibilities will also apparently include the motivations of the dreaded Xenomorphs:
Weaver also suggested Blomkamp’s Aliens sequel will delve into the motivation of the aliens themselves, exploring what it is their race has been seeking. “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,” Weaver says. “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.”
The Alien movies so far have not yet covered the motivations of the Xenomorphs in detail. The wording is very interesting here, as Weaver carefully outlines a 'primal' need for the Xenomorphs, which may be indicative that whatever their race is seeking is somehow instinctual.
Alien 5 may turn out to be the most interesting entry into the Alien franchise thus far. It certainly does provide a lot of interesting plot points already, promising a conclusion to Ripley's story as well as the motives of the Xenomorphs. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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