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08/26/04 Ripley's In... Believe it or Not
Ananova reports that Sigourney Weaver has hinted she may consider starring in another Alien sequel, so long as it is willing to explore her character Ellen Ripley's dark side. Weaver apparently wants the franchise to return to its small beginnings by focusing on the psychology of gun-totting Ripley.

Sigourney says "I always said to Tom Rothman, who runs Fox, that I thought it would be interesting to do a small, spooky movie, more like the first one; a psychological thriller that could take Ripley to whatever the next stage may be. Which side would win out, the Jekyll or the Hyde?".

07/02/02 Interview w/ Sigourney Weaver
Dark Horizons conducted an interview with Sigourney Weaver about her quirky new effort "Tadpole" along with the possibilities of "Alien 5" and "Holes". Here's a clip about a possible Alien sequel:
Is Ripley ever going to rear her ugly head? Does that come out in your interviews.

I have people coming up to me on the street talking to me about when is the next one, Iíve actually spoken to Ridley Scott a number of times. He would like to do five and I have to say that because it six months away from home, I have very mixed feelings about it. I donít know. Maybe that will change.

So youíre not ruling it out?

You know if I can physically perform her task, or have a very good stuntwoman, I love what happened to Ripley. I love playing an alien.

Weaver was voted most famous female action hero in cinema according to a recent UK poll.

03/12/02 Ridley Scott Passes the Torch
"Well, James Cameron is involved in it now," said original Alien director Ridley Scott to Total Film magazine, setting off a wave of speculation amongst fans of the popular sci-fi/horror franchise. Scott indicated he's moved away from doing a proposed Alien 5, but his revelation that the Aliens director/writer is somehow involved with the fifth film is certainly a surprise.

02/14/02 Alien 5 Quote from Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott dropped the following quote at a press conference in Sydney this morning, "You know I thought it'd be nice. I'd do it. It really is entirely dependent on the take on the material. It's all about material. I been asked about Alien 5 and I said of course. We've started a script meeting. I mean, I've started it off so I may as well close the door - if in fact this is meant to be the last one".

01/15/02 Ridley Scott Talks Alien 5
Latino Review had a chat with Ridley Scott and ask him how his meeting with Sigourney Weaver went last autumn, "I will decide in the next 5 weeks, I'm looking at Alien 5 sure. Why not? Maybe. There hasn't been a good Pirate Movie either, so I haven't decided yet. It's in the works."

Interestingly enough, Scott was asked if he would every consider directing the third Star Wars prequel if George Lucas asked him to. Scott gave a humorous answer: "You know it's funny you asked, but that is just too much George Lucas for me to handle."

12/02/01 Alien 5 Script Shot Down
Filmjerk reports that Fox has rejected a new Alien 5 script last Friday afternoon. Subtitled Invasion, the Alien movie used the Annalee Call character (played by Winona Ryder in Alien: Resurrection) as the story's main character; Sigourney Weaver's Ripley wasn't in it at all.

10/02/01 Alien 5 Meeting
Sigourney Weaver was the guest of honor this past Saturday at the Third Annual Williamstown Film Festival in Williamstown, MA. Dark Horizons reports Sigourney said 20th Century Fox had approached her about the possibility of doing a fifth movie which she turneddown. However, the actress had second thoughts about the idea and began wondering how the story of Ellen Ripley could continue on past the events seen in Alien Resurrection.

This led to Weaver calling director Ridley Scott to discuss the idea of doing a fifth Alien movie, this time showing Ripley going to the Aliens' home planet. Weaver told the audience at the Film Festival that they haven't approached Fox yet and that this will be an informal meeting between the two Alien alumni to toss possible ideas around.


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