Alien 5 is happening

Ripley and Hicks set for Alien 5?

Talk is already underway of the long-awaited sequel to Alien Resurrection. But there seems to be some doubt as to whether Alien 5 will be a follow on from the fourth film or a bridger film between Aliens and Alien 3. If it is the case of the latter, there will be a lot of explaining to do.

What we know so far is that Sigourney Weaver is back on board as the greatest female heroine we have ever seen on screen, Ellen Ripley. Where it gets more interesting is that Michael Biehn’s name is being mentioned a lot. Biehn’s Corporal Hicks survived at the end of Aliens only to be bumped off at at the start of Alien 3, along with Newt (Carrie Henn).

When I first saw Alien 3 I was really upset that the survivors from Aliens had been killed off, but then the more times I have seen Alien 3, the bold move did seem in keeping with the tone of the film. Fincher’s extended cut is the one to watch by the way.

Alien and Aliens remain the firm fan favourites though, so there is a clearly a desire in the sci community to rewrite history and bring some of these characters back. We know it is possible, after all Ripley herself was cloned in Alien Resurrection.

Hicks was a strongly written and sympathetic character and Biehn is a likeable actor. There was always this sense that he and Ripley might actually end up in a relationship, but that was only ever hinted at.

There was also enormous untapped potential in the character of Newt, who could have gone on to be a great marine or warrior herself. And then there’s Bishop, possibly the finest character from Aliens, who was allowed a brief showing in Alien Resurrection before being confided to a scrap heap. I say bring Bishop back as well! Naturally Lance Henriksen would have to play the android.

Neill Blomkamp is the director behind Alien 5, full details remain sketchy, but these initial rumours have already excited fans. This will likely be Ripley’s final outing, so it better be one where things actually end happily for her, after all, she has probably had enough of the aliens by now and just wants a nice quiet life.


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