Horror fans who have been clamoring for another Alien film–complete with the essential Ellen Ripley character–may soon have something to cheer about.
That hope springs from a 50-page treatment of a script–entitled Alien V–from writers Walter Hill and David Giler that recently was presented to Sigourney Weaver (aka the aforementioned Ripley), as reported by movieweb.com.
In addition, a recent statement from Brandywine Productions–the production company shared by Hill and Giler–was very revealing. The blurb said Weaver “is being too honest 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 mediation on both the universe of the Alien franchise and the destiny of the character of Lt. Ellen Ripley.”
This statement reportedly was accompanied by an image of a script emblazoned with the title Alien V and the names of Hill and Giler. The script’s tagline was intriguing, to say the least. It read: “In space, no one can hear you dream,” an obvious reference to the iconic tagline from the original Alien film: “In space, no one can hear you scream.”
To add to the mystery, included in the image were a quote from Edgar Allan Poe (“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”) and one from Civil War figure Gen. Sherman (“War is hell.”).
So, what can fans glean from these cryptic clues to the possible Alien 5 film-to-come? Hard to say, but this is the clearest indication that Weaver may be close to reprising her famous role of the indestructible Ellen Ripley.
As for Weaver herself, her most recent comments on bringing back Ripley came during an interview, when the actress said, “Maybe Ripley has done her bit. She deserves a rest.” Sounds like a non-denial denial.
As fans know, director Ridley Scott seemingly moved away from the Ripley character in 2012’s Prometheus and Alien: Covenant in 2017.
In fact, the closest Ripley has come to another Alien installment was in 2015 when Neill Blomkamp was confirmed to direct a proposed Alien 5. That project, however, fell by the wayside, and now we are where we are.
So, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest information about Ellen Ripley and the on-again, off-again Alien 5.