updated - July 21, 2017 Friday EDT
One of the things that puzzle the "Alien" fans is why Ridley Scott, the original director of "Alien," did not choose to pick up the franchise and instead decided to do a prequel trilogy of "Prometheus" and just remained as executive producer for Neill Blompkamp's "Alien 5."
Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in "Alien," "Aliens" and "Alien 3," recently revealed in an interview what may have transpired in the past that have made Ridley Scott decide to drop out of the "Alien" franchise and not pick it up from where it left.
"Ridley Scott was about to direct a third ['Alien' film], until ['Alien vs. Predator'] was announced, and he dropped out, because he also wanted to do an 'Alien' sequel," Sigourney Weaver revealed.
Movie Pilot, in its report, highlighted that Paul WS Anderson's "Alien vs. Predator," while having become a worldwide box office hit, has registered poor reviews among critics and now, Sigourney Weaver says it is also to blame why Ridley Scott got himself out of the franchise.
According to Weaver, she herself felt the same that upon knowing about "Aliens vs. Predators," she insisted for her character, Ripley, be killed off in a climactic scene in "Alien 3." She added that the crossover between "Alien" and "Predator" really depressed her because she felt the film delved away from the tone of the original "Alien" film, a material which she was really proud to be part of.
"I've nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [James] Cameron said I think publicly, 'why would you want to do that?' It's like making Alien meets the Wolfman... I think it caused more problems that it was worth," she added.
As it seems, Ridley Scott may no longer be involved in any directing job for the "Alien" franchise but that does not mean he's completely out of the picture as Scott has previously revealed that his "Prometheus" trilogy will eventually lead to "Alien 1."
Meanwhile, according to Deadline, "Inherent Vice" star Katherine Waterston is set to have her career's biggest role, so far, as she has been casted to be the lead in the upcoming "Alien: Covenant" as Daniels.
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