A week or two ago, Sigourney Weaver finally confirmed that Neill Blomkamp's proposed Aliens sequel (until we hear otherwise, I'm calling this thing Alien 5) would disregard the events of David Fincher's Alien 3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection. The crowd was divided on whether or not this was a good idea.
Now, in a new interview with EW's Anthony Breznican, Weaver has some further thoughts to share on the project. For starters, she confirms that the entire thing was put on-hold to make way for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, and says the delay means we'll be waiting some time for Weaver and Blomkamp's schedules to free up for Alien 5:
“Well, we have a great script. Fox asked us to delay so Ridley Scott could shoot (Alien: Covenant). That was too bad because we would have already done it by now.
“Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of Avatars to do and Neill has The Gone World. So we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over.”
Then she says this about the project:
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending."
This is an interesting statement, as Ripley has already been given an ending - two, if we're counting whatever the hell happened at the end of Alien: Resurrection - but let's not split hairs. Let's also not assume that this means Ripley's going to cash in her chips in Alien 5: as EW points out, "ending" can mean a lot of things. Could mean that Ripley wipes out the Alien threat once and for all. Could mean that Ripley will finally return to Earth. Or it could mean that Ripley will throw herself into a giant-ass fire pit (though probably not that, as Ripley already did that in Alien 3).
At any rate, Weaver says the script for Alien 5 is great, and that it will speak to the "primal needs" of the Aliens. Honestly, I'm concerned as to what that might mean (read: please, God, do not overexplain the Xeno menace; it doesn't need a motivation attached to it).
Head on over to EW to read the rest of Weaver's thoughts, or just hit the comments below to argue about Alien 3 again.