Film star Sigourney Weaver was disappointed to learn about the plans for the 2004 sci-fi crossover film, Alien vs Predator, because she was proud of the Alien series.
Alien vs Predator grossed $172 million dollars in ticket sales and was followed up with Aliens vs. Predator- Requiem. It was a crossover of the Alien and Predator franchises that wasn’t exactly a hit with the fans and critics. According to Weaver the Aliens vs. Predator series disrupted a successful Alien series at the time and it might have been better to keep the Predators away from the Aliens.
The Hollywood actress was depressed at the crossover franchise until now. She is to star in a new Alien film directed by Neill Blomkamp.
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Radio Times reports:
When asked at London Film and Comic Con today if it was her choice to have her character Ripley killed off in Alien 3, the actress replied: “Well, yes – because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.”
Directed by Paul WS Anderson, the film pitted the eponymous xenomorph monster from the Alien series against Predator, an extraterrestrial bounty-hunter who first appeared in a 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (also called Predator). The only actor to appear from either franchise in the film was Lance Henrikson, who portrayed android Bishop in Aliens and Alien 3.
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“I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [Aliens director] Jim Cameron said I think publically, ‘why would you want to do that?'” Weaver recalled. “It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman.”
The actress also said that the crossover deterred franchise creator Ridley Scott from making another movie.
“In fact Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, and he dropped out,” she said, “because he also wanted to do an Alien sequel.”
That job was instead taken by David Fincher, with a fourth Alien film (Alien: Resurrection) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Scott only returning to the world he created for 2012’s prequel Prometheus. “I think it caused more problems than it was worth,” Weaver concluded.
The actress was considerably more enthusiastic about a future addition to the Alien series, namely Neill Blomkamp’s untitled sequel/reboot for which concept art was leaked earlier this year.
“I’m so excited about Neill – because Neill is like you guys!” she told the Comic-Con crowd. “He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much.”
“I love the fact that’s Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see.”
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