On Saturday, during the "Aliens: 30th Anniversary" panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters) and James Cameron (Avatar) took a moment to praise Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, a directed sequel to Aliens that would essentially wipe away the glaring mistakes made in Alien 3.
"There is an incredible script by Neill," Weaver said (via screenrant). "I didn't want to do a fifth one. I thought going to earth wouldn't be fun. I got this script that was amazing and gives fans everything they're looking for and innovates in ways that became part of the world for me. He has things to do and I have things to do. And I hope that we'll circle back around to do it once those things are done."
Cameron also praised Blomkamp, saying he wrote "a very strong script," and it "works gangbusters." Plus, he didn't hold back his opinion on Alien 3, despite being friends with its director, David Fincher—who, by the way, was making his directorial debut.
"I thought it was dumb [that Hicks and Newt were killed off]," Cameron opined. "I thought it was a huge slap in the face to the fans. I mean look, Fincher's a friend of mine, and David is an amazing, amazing filmmaker, unquestionably. That was kind of his first big gig, and he was getting vectored around by the studio, and he dropped into the production late and they had a horrible script and they were rewriting it on the fly, and it was just a mess. I think it was a big mistake. So I certainly — had [producer Gale Anne Hurd and I] been involved, we would not have done that because we felt we earned something with the audience with those characters."
The terror continues in this chilling, critically acclaimed sequel as Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor of the Nostromo's deadly encounter with the monstrous Alien, returns to Earth after drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years. Although her story is initially met with skepticism, she agrees to accompany a team of Colonial Marines back to LV-426...and this time it's war!
Aliens (1986) was directed by James Cameron and starred Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstein.