Aliens

An Aliens Reunion Happened at San Diego Comic-Con and All I Got Was This Lousy (Lack of a) Sequel

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SDCC passed by this weekend and gave fans oodles of various goodies to get our collective undies all in a bunch. From the Wonder Woman trailer, to the Justice League trailer, to the Blair Witch reveal, to the LEGO Batman trailer, to the (apparently super disappointing?) screening of The Killing Joke pop culture fanatics the world over had plenty of things to gossip about coming away from San Diego Comic-con.

One of coolest things, however, that may have fallen under the radar this weekend was the Aliens reunion and panel. All the major players were in attendance; from Ms. Ripley herself (the ever-flawless Sigourney Weaver) to Newt (Carrie Henn) who was only 9 when Aliens actually filmed.

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The cast gathered together on the Hall H stage to reminisce, tell stories from the production, and make jokes with the crowd. However, unsurprisingly, the conversation almost immediately turned to a sequel. According to an article by Entertainment Weekly, Weaver said, “There is a remarkable script;” confirming the existence of the next installment, written by Neil Blomkamp (Chappie). The 66-year- old actress said that while they were working together on Chappie, they started talking about “how the series left Ripley,” admitting, “I had not wanted to do a fifth one – I didn’t want to go to earth. I thought going to earth was a little boring.” “That whole first day we spent talking about it, and four months later, I got a script that was so amazing and gives the fans everything they are looking for, plus innovates in a lot of ways that immediately, to me, became a part of the world," Weaver revealed. When asked about the status of the much awaited Aliens sequel she added, “He has work to do. I have work to do. But I’m hoping when we finish those jobs, we’ll circle around and do it.”

Before the “big reveal” the cast, along with director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd, exchanged some stories about their experience working on the film and shared a few humorous anecdotes. “We always thought that the Alien Queen was real because Sigourney made us believe it was,” Cameron told Hall H, as Weaver interjected, “It wasn’t real?! Now you tell me!” The director explained that the Queen puppet was intricately wired down and operated by a significant number of crew members. “Sigourney didn’t want to know about any of that stuff because she wanted it to be real in her mind,” he said. “You know it was rubber, right?” “I’m convinced she is out roaming about this world, hungry and angry,” Weaver replied, before tossing an aside to the audience, “And you should all watch out.”

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the Alien Queen will be slinking its’ way back into our nightmares any time soon. Having a legitimate script is promising, but who knows how long it will be before that script sees the light of day (or – sees the looming blackness of space would probably be a more appropriate way of putting it).

Regardless, it’s a pleasure to see that the leading players instrumental to bringing the next installment to the silver screen are as optimistic about it as we are; it’s the waiting that’s difficult. In the meantime, we can all breathe easy knowing that Ripley is willing and waiting. Because if the Queen is out there – I don’t know about you, but I have no idea how to use that damn Caterpillar P-5000 Work Loader. Basically, without Ripley – we’re all screwed.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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