20th Century Fox.
Who's In It:
No one confirmed as yet, but both Sigourney Weaver (Ripley) and Winona Ryder (Call) have voiced their interest to return.
Who's Making It:
Jean-Paul Jeunet's Alien Resurrection brought back many of the familiar trademarks of previous Alien films -- dark, haunted sets; a diverse ensemble of actors facing Nature's ultimate killing machine; the avatice to control a force that cannot be controlled by
a faceless personification of commercial greed; and, of course, the Alien itself along with a new cousin added to its family tree.
Reaction to Alien Resurrection was mixed among the fans of the series. While Jeunet's film brought back the element of strong supporting characters, some felt that there wasn't enough of a presentation for the new faces to make a substantial impact to the audience, or that the film neither matched the tension of the first film or the adrenaline-rush of its 1986 follow-up. Remember Parker from the first Alien, or Private Hudson from Aliens? Have any fan shrines sprouted for Christie or Elgyn in the same manner??
And what of the Newborn hybrid seen in the film's conclusion (and who's design changed substantially over the course of the fourth film's development)? It's all but forgotten while Giger's original creature continues to be immortalized in action figures and cold cast busts.
But the core has been returned to the franchise: that being the return of Ellen Ripley, albeit a Alien/human hybrid. But would an ALIEN 5 feature any of the other survivors from Alien Resurrection or instead set off with just Ripley...or an entirely new group of characters?
August 20, 1997... Alien Resurrection screenwriter Joss Whedon signed an exclusive $20 mil deal with Twentieth Century Fox. His production company, Mutant Enemy, Inc., will develop projects for the studio -- one of which may become the next Alien
feature. [Sent in anonymously.]
November 30, 1997... Okay, so you've got Ripley back. What
do you do now? Well, hell, make another sequel, of course. We've been keeping a file over the fast few months on any hints an Alien 5 may be in development, and we've been busy collecting it all together.
Weaver has stated that there will definitely be a fifth installment and has even dropped hints that she's ready to begin negotiations with Fox. It's also rumored that both Weaver and Ryder have signed to do two (count them) two new Alien films -- but we feel that's just fanboy wish material at this point. Fox hasn't signed either actress to a fifth film just yet, preferring to test the waters first and see how well AR is received (and makes m-o-n-e-y.) If it goes down (and we expect it will), Weaver's going to be playing in the $20 million dollars league for number five. [Scoops provided by 'Widgett', Michael Bourne, anonymously.]
December 2, 1997... Entertainment Weekly has Fox chairman Tom Rothman confirm that a fifth film is definately a reality, and Joss Whedon mentions he'll be taking first crack at Alien 5 (our inside sources confirm this.) One possible, very early title for the project is mentioned: 'Alien Revelation'. The film may be ready for a Christmas 1999 release. One anonymous scooper tells us that Earth is involved in the storyline but 'not in the way fans think', and Whedon hinted that a "big story" has yet to be told, with the fourth film being a "prologue" to "interesting things" taking place on Earth. Jean-Pierre Jeunet will not return to direct. But with the moderate-but-not-as-much-as-hoped-for opening box office of #4, will the plans for #5 develop as fast as the critter inside John Hurt's chest or stall a la Batman 5?[Scoops sent in by Jo, 'akasch', 'The Clown Prince', 'Ace', 'zltripley', 'D.F. Reaper', 'Lo Fi Boi', anonymously.]
December 14, 1997... So if the thought of an Alien 5 is nothing more than a pipe dream at this point, why is there a connection to (but nothing there) at the website www.alien5.com?
[Sent in by the sneaky 'Mulch Man'.]
December 23, 1997... Further information about who owns the registry on the Internet "Alien 5" domain name: [Thanks to 'miale'.]
June 21, 1998... A storm of controversy has arose about an Internet rumor that Sigourney Weaver has signed a contract worth $20 million to star in Alien 5. If that were indeed true the industry trades (Variety and The Hollywood Reporter) would have made it front page material. And our Fox contacts insist that the project hasn't progressed farther than the stage of wishful thinking just yet but that if Weaver is to return her asking price would be around that figure. [Credit 'Big Man From Big B.A', and anonymous.]
June 23, 1998... Ok, listen up Alien fans: you're being had by the mainstream press, plain and simple. We don't care if you've seen it reported on MTV, in magazines, on your local radio entertainment show or by the manager of the nearest comic book store. Sigourney Weaver has not signed for twenty million dollars to star in Alien 5. It is a bogus rumor that's gone amok. Weaver's next picture isn't even SF.
We're not discounting a future scenario where Weaver gets twenty million to reprise Ripley again -- it's just that it's not happening right now. [Thanks to the many Alien fans for doing their duty -- hang in there until it does become a reality.]
August 11, 1998... An entertainment report from a British tabloid has sparked the latest round of Internet rumors about Sigourney Weaver's return in a fifth Alien film. According to the gossip Weaver's signed a contract for the fifth film that'll net her a cool $18 million dollars.
The thing is, it just ain't true. Nothing is happening on the Alien 5 front -- nada, zip, zero. And believe us, the amount of posturing and time it took before Weaver committed to the fourth film (let alone the third picture's trials and tribulations development period) means it's extremely unlikely any contract talks have been going on. Right now the Alien 5 possibilities are as cold as Kane's long-dead corpse adrift somewhere in deep space. [Nevertheless, thanks to a multitude of scoopers who were hoping against hope it was true.]
December 22, 1999... While promoting her latest movie Galaxy Quest, Sigourney Weaver was asked by the interviewer of the Sci Fi Wire website if she'd every do another chapter in the Alien movie franchise. "I've always wanted to do one where we go back to the planet from which the alien originally came,"
the acrtress told the website. "But it's never been a serious discussion."
She then added, "I don't know that there are any plans to do another one. It wouldn't surprise me if some time in the next 20 years or so, you see a white-haired Ripley hobbling around out there. But I haven't heard of anything." Our scooper told us that after seeing Weaver in Galaxy Quest, "All I can say is that Ms. Weaver is still looking good. Good enough to kick butt still that is." [That came from 'Of No Consequence'.]
Hey Fox, here's a thought: How about dusting off that Aliens vs. Predator movie script you have kicking around? Commission a nice polish, get a up-and-coming hip director (Tom Tywker of Run Lola Run anyone?), and all you then need is to cast an actress in the lead role. If it's done right, you've got $100 M coming to you -- and you've just rejuvinated both the traditional Alien and Predator franchises. It's pretty simple math when you think about it...so how come it's still not happening?
February 4, 2001... Well, when we get 15,000 A5 scoops out of the blue, you know something's up. Apparently the Sunday Express out of London is reporting that Weaver's signed and Whedon's scribing. Well, let's look at the evidence.
First, it's in a London tabloid. Unless you started reading this site today, then you know that immediately makes any entertainment story suspect to the point of being immediately labelled B.S. Also, they say that Weaver's going to make 15 million pounds off the deal. 15 million pounds is about $22 million US. A little on the high side, if you ask us. Further, when we tried to go to the Express site, the story's not even on there.
And as for Weaver's quote that she wants to do one where the alien gets to Earth? "I've always wanted to do one where we go back to the planet from where the alien originally came or even get to Earth." Scroll up a bit to our 12/22/99 scoop on this same page. Looks similar, doesn't it? An Anonymous scooper even figured this was bogus and pointed that out to us.
Are we saying it's not happening? Yeah, pretty much. In fact, we have no idea why Yahoo and Reuters ran this story, since it is rank with the smell of fecal matter. Ignore this and hope it goes away. [Originally appeared at Reuters and Yahoo; sent in by Anonymous, Erik, Bob, MattW, Matt C, Atomik, Dark Spectre, Brian Freeman, B.D., and two other Anonymous peoples.]
February 5, 2001... Even though the Reuters Alien 5 story continues to be reported as being factual (we've received reports that some Fox affiliated TV stations have carried it!), leave it up to the online press to get the facts. That's exactly what the movie news site Coming Soon! did this afternoon: they got the word straight from 20th Century Fox that the Reuters
story is an out-and-out fabrication. There are no current plans for Alien 5; Sigourney Weaver has not signed a contract; Joss Whedon is not writing the screenplay. It's exactly what we figured it was: nothing.
Like we said, that hasn't stopped Philadelpha's Daily News, or FOX news stations, from carrying the story and thus furthering its spread.
[Good for the crew of Coming Soon for doing the job of what we thought the real press was supposed to do. Also, thanks to 'Internet 24-7', 'Bul B.', Christopher Reeves and anonymous for sending us their reports.]
March 7, 2001... Looks like Sigourney Weaver was making the rounds this morning in New York City. The actress appeared on the Today show this morning where Matt Lauer asked her if there were any plans for a fifth Alien movie. Weaver told the morning hunk-o-rama there were "absolutely no plans at this time to continue with another film." Seems pretty case closed, right? ['TV Watcher' wakes up early to watch what's on.]
Weaver then proceeded across the city to appear on Live With Regis and Kelly and confuse our readers. Regis, being the practical joker we all love to hate, teased Weaver that Alien 5 was going into production. That prompted Sigourney to play along and joke that she was holding out for more money, being offered only
$22 million and that was holding out for $45 M (insert weak audience laughter.) The problem was Weaver never denied the project was moving forward, and thus the confusion began
Some advice, Sig: LET THE FRANCHISE GO, WOMAN. [Alfred Olsen saw it. So did Seth. And so did 'GenXorcist'.]
October 1, 2001... Today's Dark Horizons has a very interesting Alien 5 rumor. According to a DH scooper, Sigourney Weaver was the guest of honor this past Saturday at the Third Annual Williamstown Film Festival in Williamstown, MA. Weaver said 20th Century Fox had approached her about the possibility of doing a fifth movie which she turned down. 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. That apparently 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. "I'm meeting with Ridley Scott in two weeks," Weaver told the audience at the Film Festival, adding 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.
[Originally appeared on Dark Horizons.]
December 3, 2001... According to a report that appears today on the Filmjerk website, Fox had a new Alien script that it rejected just 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; Ripley wasn't in it at all.
A reason for Fox turning down the script, or the writer of said screenplay, wasn't given by Filmjerk's source. [Originally appeared on Filmjerk.]
January 15, 2002... Latino Review has the opportunity to speak with Black Hawk Down helmer Ridley Scott and ask him how his meeting with Sigourney Weaver went last autumn. It looks like it's still a possibility, with Scott currently deciding what his next project will be.
"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," Scott told the website. [Originally appeared on Latino Review.]
March 12, 2002... "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. [Scoop sent in by Alex.]
Or is it? The latest inside report we received about the status of Aliens vs. Predator said that someone who "would be perfect" had been in talks to do the new screenplay. Could our mystery man be James Cameron?
July 7, 2003... Today's Dark Horizons has a scoop that is originally from BBC1, and it's good news to those who've been hoping something can be done to salvage the ALIEN film franchise. According to Horizons source, ALIENS writer/director James Cameron is still contemplating breathing life into a fifth ALIEN film.
"We're looking at doing another one," Cameron is quoted as saying to the BBC. "Something similiar to what we did with ALIENS. A bunch of great characters, and of course Sigourney. I've even discussed the possibility of putting him [Arnold Schwarzenegger] into the ALIEN movie."
Cameron further cemented his interest in returning to deep space by also saying that he wasn't a fan of David Fincher's ALIEN 3. "I couldn't stand ALIEN 3 - how they could just go in there and kill off all these great characters we introduced in aliens, and the correlation between mother and daughter. It stunk, but hopefully I'll get a chance to rectify all that," said the TITANIC director.
And what did Cameron think of TERMINATOR 3, Jonathan Mostow's follow-up to T2? "In one word : Great. There was a small part of me that hoped it wasn't good - but another part of me hope'd it succeeded. And it did."
Cameron also talked about what he might have done if he had directed T3, which you can read by checking Dark Horizons. [BBC1, Dark Horizons.]
July 21, 2005... A scooper sent us an inside up date on the rumored ALIEN 5. This is what he had to report:
So here's the deal, straight from the horse's mouth. "I'd love to - and we're talking", he (Ridley Scott) said. I asked him would it star the originals and he said Sigourney's on-board, and he hopes Lance Henriksen might be interested too. But bottom line "Too early to even speculate...we haven't even finished the script yet". [Anonymous Scoop]