As of 4/26, which was known as Alien Day, Sigourney Weaver had given a Q&A Session in regards to the upcoming Neill Blomkamp ALIENS sequel. She discussed on the progress of the film, what Neill had in mind in the direction for the film, and in regards to the later Alien sequels, namely Alien 3 and Resurrection-- how this film will be ignoring them but not necessarily undoing Alien 3 and Resurrection. While not at all directly Predator related, the Alien franchise is very much linked with the Predator side of the two franchises.
Sigourney Weaver discussed the potential of Alien 5, and it's standing in regards to Ridley Scott's and James Cameron's ALIEN and ALIENS in terms of being a definitive sequel, not so much following the later two which had killed off the characters of Newt, Hicks and Ellen Ripley, and doesn't seem to be continuing the adventures of the clone character, Ripley 8.
In regards to Neill Blomkamp's movie, Weaver briefly discusses Michael Biehn's character, Cpl. Dwayne Hicks and was quoted: "I think the part of Hicks is just a beautifully written part, this marine with a great heart and strength, and intelligence. In Neill Blomkamp’s sequel, we’ll see a lot more of them together. We have to wait until after Prometheus 2 is made."
But here is the most interesting part. For a while, Neill Blomkamp has stated that his movie was going to be a direct follow up with ALIEN and ALIENS, but not following Alien 3 or Resurrection-- suggesting that he would be ignoring them by not proceeding with the Ripley 8 character, but later on said that it wasn't his intent to undo Alien 3 and Resurrection. Interestingly enough, Blomkamp released concept art of an adult Rebecca "Newt" Jordan, the child character from ALIENS, further suggesting he was ignoring Alien 3 and Resurrection.
But Weaver's words seem to.. indicate how Neill Blomkamp plans to bypass the two later Alien sequels.
“When Neill Blomkamp started to talk to me about the sequel to this movie [Aliens], I thought, ‘Gosh, that would be so great to know that Ripley has a resting place, eventually.’ And wouldn’t it be great to end the series on—not that the other two didn’t happen but they’re in a parallel universe.
I love them all [but] the filmmaker has to be inspired by what he is inspired by. And what he grew up with, and I think wore the tapes out of, were Alien 1 and Alien 2 in South Africa.”
Considering that Sigourney Weaver seems to be in the know in regards to Alien 5, and where it could fit.. this could potentially be the case where the Alien-Predator franchise could be getting a multiverse, if there isn't already one. If we count the semi-canonical crossovers, there maybe an existing multiverse already as Aliens and Predators exist in the Dredd, Agents of Law, and WildCats universes.
To me, it seems that Weaver is already giving an indication as to where Alien 5 fits-- by suggesting that Alien 3 and Resurrection are a parallel universe to the upcoming sequel, and it could effectively change how we as fans, should be looking at canon as everything would now have a place in the context of a multiverse.
You can read about Sigourney Weaver's Q&A Session over at: www.denofgeek.us/movies/alien-…
What are your thoughts about this? How do you feel about an AVP Multiverse?