Holy Ripley’s Mother! Is Ridley Scott Going to Lucas All Over the Alien Franchise?

I’ll always love you, Ridley Scott, but admittedly, I’m a little worried about what you’re doing with the Alien series. Between Prometheus and Alien:  Covenant, it’s obvious you’re working in the evolution and spread of the beloved Giger creatures, and there are parts of your plan that are clearly brilliant. The idea of the Engineers creating humanity, being disappointed in the species and attempting to destroy them is worthy allegory, and David’s role was a master stroke — sensible and perfect for this moment in actual history. Were many of us disappointed in the methodology, the retrofitting history? Sure, but we’re also forgiving and imperfect creatures, ourselves; we’ve learned how to navigate our brains completely around the Star Wars prequels, haven’t we? We can skip in and around the Alien series, suss out what makes sense, and keep adoring the movies that forever changed our brains. Prometheus is a gorgeous film; David’s horrific machinations in Covenant are admirable; Alien and Aliens fuel our nightmares, always. I hope you can understand, the business of adding at least four more entries does make us a little nervous — we’re wondering how hard you’ll have to muscle new pieces into the puzzle, how far you’ll go to feed the beast? We’re especially curious about this answer given to a fan’s query about the possibility of ever bringing Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley back.

Well, we’re heading towards the back end of the first Alien, so that may be feasible. I don’t think it’ll … but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter, obviously. We’re coming in from the back end, right? And, you know, the time constraints for what is the time from this film, where we leave David going off into sp … heading for that colony. Um, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her. He’s [points to Michael Fassbender] gonna go on.”

I remember when Katherine Waterston was first cast in Covenant, many wondered — there were rumors — if she might be Ripley’s mother, thought it might be cool. And I get that the *idea* of having Ripley back is enticing. For most of us, Sigourney Weaver is Alien. She’s who we think of when we think of the movie(s). The best case scenario for a future film appearance would be Weaver in a different cameo role, an unspoken nod that would send a little zing through the audience. The worst would be a de-aging CGI abomination, and from Scott’s comments, I don’t think there’s any danger of that happening. What I am concerned about — what I think most fans are worried over — is that scripts will be written with the ultimate goal of coming back around to Ripley; that nonsensical scenes or even entire movies will be put in place just to make this “fan dream” come about.

Scott has already mentioned that the next film in the series is written and tentatively called Awakening (eta 2019); it’s meant to fit between Prometheus and Covenant. Presumably, we’d see more of what happened with David and Elizabeth Shaw; his experimentation and the evolution of the Neomorph. If that’s the case, Awakening would read like a placeholder while we wait for the next trio, and clearly Scott has his eye on fitting in at least one of those films (if not the whole trilogy) before Alien. Will Ripley’s mother (or both parents) show up in the third trilogy? It certainly sounds as if Ridley is entertaining that idea, and while I’m still anxious about the whole thing ending up a disaster we’ll have to ignore (*coughStarWarsprequelscough*), I can’t help but put on my casting cap.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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