Fans of both the Alien and Predator franchises may continuously debate on which alien creature is superior in combat against one another, but one thing that both sets of fans often agree on is that the two films that actually pitted the two against each other were not the best movie experiences. Recently, one critic of the entire concept has come forward from a pretty prominent place, and that’s Ellen Ripley herself: Sigourney Weaver.
In an interview with the Radio Times (via io9), Weaver hammered the idea of pitting the two creatures against each other as something that she sensed would be so grievous to the franchise she helped build, that she wanted to put Ripley out of her misery before the possibility of her starring in it even came to pass. She said,
Well, yes [I wanted her killed in Alien 3], because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies. I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game, but at the time, it was, as Jim Cameron said I think publicly, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ It’s like making Alien Meets the Wolfman. In fact, Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, and he dropped out, because he also wanted to do an Alien sequel. I think it caused more problems than it was worth.
Well, someone else has now come forward to refute Weaver’s claims surrounding the death of Ripley in Alien 3, and that is screenwriter Peter Briggs. In the early 1990’s, Briggs wrote a spec script for an Alien vs. Predator film based on the popular comic book series released by Dark Horse in issues #34-36 of their Dark Horse Presents series, published in 1989 and 1990. Briggs, in a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, has an entirely different recollection of events.
When I hear Sigourney Weaver recounting her killing off Ripley in Alien 3 because she’d heard Fox were talking about doing Alien vs Predator, despite the fact our project was first spoken about and initiated well over a year (not even counting Vincent Ward’s involvement!) after her movie had gone into active production, I really have to roll my eyes at her claims.
Although being developed in the early 90s, the first Alien vs. Predator film wasn’t released until August of 2004, and used an entirely different concept and story for the eventual release. Trading in futuristic fiction for a story instead set in the “present day” of ’04, AVP was enough of a box office success that a sequel was released three years later. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is generally regarded as perhaps the absolute worst film in the history of either franchise, decisively killing any possibilities of a third installment for the foreseeable future. Of the currently available AVP films, Briggs shared,
I’ll also be honest that I’m less-than-wild about the two Alien vs. Predator movies (particularly Requiem, about which less said the better), but I do wish Sigourney Weaver would stop beating on Alien vs. Predator as her pet piñata in “ruining” the Alien franchise, and acknowledge that two standalone Alien movies she was actively involved with unfortunately managed that first, all on their own. And Alien vs. Predator — as a concept — is still killer, full of potential,” he adds, before his final sign-off: “There’s a terrific Alien vs. Predator movie still to be made by someone. It just hasn’t happened yet.
While Weaver is unlikely to lose any sleep over the comments of Briggs, she is currently slated to star in the fifth solo Alien film to be directed by District 9 and Chappie helmer Neill Blomkamp. Ridley Scott is also said to be actively developing a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, which takes place within the same universe as the Alien films. For more on the future of Alien as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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