Simply put, Ellen Ripley is the Alien franchise. Even though her adversary gets the title, Ripley is the star of the first four films, and her story is what ties everything together. So the fact that director Ridley Scott has an idea to work her back into his films isn't a surprise. But the way he wants to do it might be.
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Not heroine. Hero, period. While it's rad that Ellen Ripley happens to be a woman, that doesn't at all impact her level of badarsery -- though it does inform her character in ways that make her much more interesting than virtually any other cinematic hero. She's complicated, she feels real, and I have total confidence the Alien movies would not have become classics without her.
Recently, Sigourney Weaver said that Neill Blomkamp's still-in-the-ether Alien movie be a new sequel to Aliens, meaning that it would render the series' existing third and fourth films redundant. Alien 3 may be the most maligned film in the franchise, but it would be a shame to erase Ripley's adventure on Fury 161, and here's why.
James Cameron put it very delicately when he admitted that he didn't like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But he has no such restraint when discussing the sequel to his Aliens, the polarising Alien 3. It begins with the cruel discovery that Aliens' hard-fought survivors -- other than Sigourney Weaver's Ripley -- have all perished.
The cast of Aliens assembled at Comic-Con to celebrate the iconic science fiction film's 30th anniversary, and all agreed that James Cameron's script is a key part of what makes the film a classic. But woven into that strong storytelling are also some of cinema's most memorable one-liners, as stars Bill Paxton and Sigourney Weaver recalled.
News of filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's hypothetical Alien movie has been swirling for the better part of two years. In that time, we've heard so many rumours and quotes about it that it's hard to keep them straight. But a new one is a clear as crystal.
Tuesday, April 26, AKA 4-26 (as in LV-426), has been dubbed "Alien Day". To celebrate, several different companies and brands have teamed up to do events related to Ridley Scott's masterpiece. Out of everything, though, our favourite things about the day are the limited edition posters being released.
When Neill Blomkamp released art that he had put together for an Alien project that he wanted to work on, it was quickly greenlit, then put on the back burner when Ridley Scott announced his own Alienverse film, Alien: Covenant. According to Sigourney Weaver, Blomkamp might still get to make his film.