Alien Franchise Recreates Itself with Sigourney Weaver At the Helm

Feb 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm |
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“Final report of commercial starship Nostromo…” outer space’s baddest girl is back. That’s right: Sigourney Weaver has signed on for an Alien reboot that will change everything you thought you knew about the franchise.

In 1979, the horror genre was changed forever with the release of Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and starring newcomer Sigourney Weaver. It’s hard to believe that Weaver was treated as a lowly protege and often bullied by the other cast members when we now look at how far she’s come.

This movie took us to the outer reaches of space in a futuristic (and yet inherently ’80s) universe aboard the large freight ship Nostromo. While on a long return journey to Earth, the crew is awoken by the ship’s computer, which picks up a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. Several crew members explore the dwarf planet and find the remains of a large alien whose ribs seem to have exploded from within, as well as thousands of eggs. The rest, as they say, is history.

Unfortunately, that history was marred by several sequels that didn’t do the first film justice. The immediate sequel, James Cameron’s action-packed Aliens, did well, despite the 180 turn it took from the original’s slow, patient, suffocating style of horror. Afterwards, however, the franchise went downhill not only in standards but in reputation.

But that’s all going to change.

It was announced this week that director Neill Blomkamp is resurrecting the Alien franchise, and Sigourney Weaver is on board to reprise her role as Ellen Ripley. For dedicated fans, the best part of this reboot is that Blomkamp plans to wash his hands of the events of all related films from Alien 3 onwards, having the new film pick up instead directly after the events of 1986’s Aliens.

Alien, sometimes referred to as a Xenomorph, is one of the most intimidating and recognizable antagonists in the horror and sci-fi genres, and it seems that year after year (and awful spinoff after awful spinoff), fans are willing to return to the face-masking, chest-bursting, acid-slicking creature, born of the nightmares and art of Swiss artist H. R. Giger.

So, what do you think? Is Sigourney too old to return as the universe’s most bada$$ female protagonist?

The “Alien” franchise is coming back to our planet, and Weaver will reprise her role as Ripley. But will you see it?