Ripley returns in Alien 5
We’re enjoying a four-day weekend, thanks to winter’s last hurrah. It’s also a boys weekend at Stately Stratton Manor, since my better half is away scrapbooking. So while surfing the Internet, I find a few delightful nuggets.
As I previously, Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, posted fan-made Alien 5 concept art in January. A month, 20th Century Fox hired Blomkamp to develop and direct Alien 5.
Yesterday was the premiere of Chappie, and Blomkamp was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight. Also interviewed was Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver (who is in Chappie).
When asked about Alien 5, Weaver stated that she would indeed by returning as Ripley, saying “There are two factors [Blomkamp] needs: Ripley and the Aliens.” Blomkamp confirmed that Weaver would be in the cast, stating that “she is the Alien franchise, to me, so yeah.”
ET also asked Blomkamp if he would be stating pre-production the next day. Blomkamp shot down that idea, but added that he would probably start next week.
Weaver last appeared as Ripley in Alien Resurrection in 1997. IMDB is predicting Alien 5 to be released in 2017, so it would be 20 years between appearances. Weaver voiced Ripley much more recently in last year’s Alien Isolation video game. The game featured Ripley’s daughter, Amanda Ripley, searching for her mother 15 years after the original Alien. Weaver’s part had Ellen leaving a personal message to her daughter sometime during the course of the original movie. She also voiced Ellen in two DLCs.
Finally, I wanted to include a fan-made Alien 5 poster I found online. The poster was attached to a speculative plot article that was rather implausible, but the poster itself kinda rocked.
Source: ET Online