Before Ridley Scott decided to press ahead with his Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was gearing up to enter the Alien universe with a sequel to the first two movies, which would have saw Sigourney Weaver returning as Ripley alongside her Aliens co-star Michael Biehn as Hicks. Although it is now on indefinite hold, Weaver has revealed to EW that she’s still committed to the project and feels it will deliver a satisfying ending for her character.
“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. It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending. 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. 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.”
Speaking about how it will redirect (or ignore) the storyline of Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection, the actress stated: “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.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 David 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.”
And as for if and when it will become a reality, Weaver responded that: “I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World. So we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over… I hope it won’t be a few [years]. I hope it’ll be a couple. But we’ll see.”