IMDb > Alien (1979) > News
Alien
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Connect with IMDb


News for
Alien (1979) More at IMDbPro »


2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

1-20 of 328 items from 2015   « Prev | Next »


Alien vs. Predator Writer Responds to Recent Sigourney Weaver Negativity

23 July 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Some may not know it as he isnt credited but writer Peter Briggs was one of the very first to work on the story for Alien vs. Predator. Paul W.S. Anderson who directed the picture would eventually tackle the final screenplay. Most of those involved in the project most likely hold some small special place in their hearts for the movie. And that seems to be exactly why Briggs took some offense to remarks recently made by Sigourney Weaver who expressed a desire to have her character killed in Alien 3 after learning of plans to shoot Alien vs Predator. »

Permalink | Report a problem


Alien vs. Predator writer responds to Sigourney Weaver’s criticism

23 July 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the weekend Sigourney Weaver was in the UK for the London Film & Comic Con, during which she had some pretty negative words about 2004’s franchise mash-up Alien vs. Predator, stating that the movie “really depressed me”, and also caused Ridley Scott to scrap his plans for a potential Alien sequel.

Well, it seems Weaver’s comments didn’t go down to well with Peter Briggs, writer of the original spec script for Alien vs. Predator back in 1991, who posted a rather lengthy repsonse over at Bloody Disgusting. Here’s a few highlights…

Alien vs Predator had only been discussed for the first time at Fox literally days before Steve gave him the script in September 1991, which is why I was in the right place at the right time to make my first sale. Maybe they were in a panic about Alien 3… I have no idea. And so when »

- Gary Collinson

Permalink | Report a problem


"Alien vs. Predator" Scribe Responds To Weaver

23 July 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Appearing at London Comic Con last week, Sigourney Weaver spoke about her history with Fox's "Alien" franchise and seemingly suggested that Fox's early plans to make "Alien vs. Predator" back before "Alien 3" in 1993, was what caused Ridley Scott to drop out of the project and what made her decide to kill off the Ellen Ripley character.

Now Peter Briggs, who penned the original "Alien vs. Predator" spec script back in 1991 (but is uncredited on the final 2004 film) has responded to the criticism in a letter to Bloody Disgusting. Briggs penned a draft which was at Fox for over a decade until Paul W.S. Anderson came onto the movie and did his own version, and says that the third "Alien" began filming almost a year before his spec script even arrived at the studio:

"Maybe they were in a panic about 'Alien 3'... I have no idea. And so when »

- Garth Franklin

Permalink | Report a problem


An Alien vs Predator writer isn't happy with Sigourney Weaver's sniping about the film

23 July 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sigourney Weaver had another snipe at Alien vs Predator this week and one of the writing talents behind the project isn't best pleased.

Peter Briggs wrote a spec script for the project way back in summer 1991 based on the Dark Horse comics series which came out the previous year. He later sold it to 20th Century Fox.

In a 1,000-plus word response to Weaver's comments, Briggs takes issue with the idea that Weaver wanted her character Ripley killed off in Alien 3 on hearing of the spinoff, which she also claimed discouraged Ridley Scott from returning to the series.

"Once again, I heaved a sigh that she just can't stop scratching this itch," Briggs told Bloody Disgusting.

He added that Weaver's chronology was off, because producer Larry Gordon told him that Alien vs Predator was only under discussion at Fox days before his then-agent Steve Kenis gave him the script »

Permalink | Report a problem


'Alien vs. Predator' writer responds to Sigourney Weaver's 'Alien 3' claims

22 July 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

During an interview with the Radio Times at this month's London Film and Comic Con, Sigourney Weaver -- who has been a vocal critic of the "Alien vs. Predator" spinoffs for quite some time now -- further blasted the films by claiming that it was her choice to have her "Alien" character Ellen Ripley killed off because, quote: "I heard that Fox was gonna do 'Alien vs Predator.' Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.” Now, in an exclusive rant over at Bloody-Disgusting, original "Alien vs. Predator" screenwriter Peter Briggs (whose version of the film was never made) is calling b.s. on those assertions by throwing down a few facts: most pertinently, that his "Alien vs. Predator" screenplay was bought by Fox long after "Alien 3" had started principal photography: "['AvP' producer] Larry Gordon would later tell me 'Alien vs Predator' had only been discussed »

- Chris Eggertsen

Permalink | Report a problem


"Mad Max: Fury Road" - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

22 July 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new cover at from the upcoming "Mad Max: Fury Road" Blu-ray release, plus take another look @ the film, from the movie review site "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.Ca,:

Michael Stevens For 'The Good':

"'Mad Max: Fury Road', director George Miller's sardonic $150 million budgeted 3D demented demolition derby of a movie, throws everything to the wind and cuts to the chase for an insanely wild 2 hour ride...

"...in a ferociously adrenalized crash 'n burn', petrol-pumped speed-demon of a movie that leaves his previous "Mad Max" trilogy in the dust...

"The new film gets into gear early on, revved-up by grotesque, dystopian death cult-followers, scrambling like vile Rat Patrols through the Namibian desert...

"...accompanied by explosive set pieces, broken CG bodies and scattered car debris.

"Like a cranked-up 'Cirque Du Soleil', led by a pounding dirge and amplified death-metal rock music ...

"...Miller drops »

- Michael Stevens

Permalink | Report a problem


From Alien to ITV: Sigourney Weaver set for guest role on Doc Martin

21 July 2015 8:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American actor spotted on set of cosy Cornish-set comedy-drama starring Martin Clunes as an awkward country Gp

She is best known as Ellen Ripley, the heroic, xenomorph-battling warrant officer of the doomed Nostromo spacecraft in 1979’s Alien, or perhaps as chain-smoking scientist Grace Augustine in 2009 box office megalith Avatar. But Sigourney Weaver has reportedly taken on a rather gentler role after the cult American actor was spotted moonlighting on the set of cosy ITV drama Doc Martin.

Weaver, who also attended the London Film and Comic-Con event on 20 July, was captured by an amateur videographer during filming in the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac last week. Sporting a floppy fisherman’s hat, camera and backpack, the actor looked the very picture of an American tourist exploring the English countryside, though details of her character have not been revealed. She appeared to be filming a scene outside a local pharmacy with Martin Clunes, »

- Ben Child

Permalink | Report a problem


From Alien to ITV: Sigourney Weaver set for guest role on Doc Martin

21 July 2015 8:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American actor spotted on set of cosy Cornish-set comedy-drama starring Martin Clunes as an awkward country GP.

She is best known as Ellen Ripley, the heroic, xenomorph-battling warrant officer of the doomed Nostromo spacecraft in 1979’s Alien, or perhaps as chain-smoking scientist Grace Augustine in 2009 box office megalith Avatar. But Sigourney Weaver has reportedly taken on a rather gentler role after the cult American actor was spotted moonlighting on the set of cosy ITV drama Doc Martin.

Weaver, who also attended the London Film and Comic Con event on Monday, was captured by an amateur videographer during filming in the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac last week. Sporting a floppy fisherman’s hat, camera and backpack, the actor looked the very picture of an American tourist exploring the English countryside, though details of her character have not been revealed. She appeared to be filming a scene outside a local pharmacy with Martin Clunes, »

- Ben Child

Permalink | Report a problem


Ridley Scott was set to make Alien 3 until Alien Vs Predator

20 July 2015 11:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sigourney Weaver on Alien Vs Predator, Ridley Scott, and Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5...

The mighty Sigourney Weaver was in London over the weekend for the London Film & Comic-Con, and she was chatting about just where the Alien movies went wrong. She was only around for the weekend, so there was only so much she could get through.

Confirming that she chose to have Ripley killed off at the end of David Fincher's Alien 3, she said "yes - because I heard that Fox was going to do Alien Vs Predator, which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies".

You more than likely know what happened next. Fox made two Alien Vs Predator movies. The first, directed by Paul W S Anderson, at least has its moments, but it's some way away from the tone and feel of the first two Alien films (that's a bit »

- simonbrew

Permalink | Report a problem


Sigourney Weaver has no love for Alien vs. Predator movies: 'They stopped Ridley Scott from returning'

20 July 2015 4:26 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sigourney Weaver is definitely not a fan of the Alien vs. Predator films.

The movies were much maligned by hardcore fans of both individual franchises, but did turn a profit for 20th Century Fox.

Alien is now getting a proper sequel from director Neill Blomkamp and lead actress Weaver, who vented about the spinoffs at London Film and Comic Con last weekend.

"I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator [around the time of Alien 3]," Radio Times quotes her as saying. "Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies."

The star went on to say: "I've nothing against building a movie on a video game, but at the time, it was, as Jim Cameron said I think publicly, 'Why would you want to do that?'

"It's like making Alien Meets the Wolfman."

Weaver also blamed the spinoffs for being directly responsible for Alien director Ridley Scott cancelling plans »

Permalink | Report a problem


Sigourney Weaver says Alien vs. Predator “really depressed me”, caused Ridley Scott to scrap plans for an Alien sequel

20 July 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sigourney Weaver was at the London Film and Comic-Con this past weekend, during which she spoke about her iconic role as Lt. Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise, revealing that she was “really depressed” by the spinoff Alien vs. Predator, and that the crossover caused Ridley Scott to pull out of a proposed Alien sequel.

“Well, yes – because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs Predator,” said Weaver when asked if it was her choice to have Ripley killed off in Alien 3. “[Alien vs. Predator] really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies. I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [Aliens director] Jim Cameron said I think publically, ‘why would you want to do that?’ It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman. In fact Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, »

- Gary Collinson

Permalink | Report a problem


Sigourney Weaver Says Ridley Scott Dropped 'Alien 3' After Learning 'Alien vs. Predator' Was Developing

20 July 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The "Alien" franchise is in state of flux at the moment. Ridley Scott went the prequel-ish route with "Prometheus," while Neill Blomkamp is somewhat retconning the series with his upcoming installment set between "Aliens" and "Alien 3." As fans know, Sigourney Weaver's Ripley dies at the end of the David Fincher directed "Alien 3," but what is less well known is that it was the actresses' idea. As the script was developing for the franchise's third movie, Weaver made it clear she wanted a minimal role for Ripley, and eventually landed on wanting her character to pass away. But besides giving Ripley a heroic exit, there was another reason Weaver has revealed for her character's demise. "...I heard that Fox was gonna do 'Alien vs Predator.' Which really depressed me, because I was very proud of the movies,” she told the Radio Times.  “I’ve nothing against building a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

Permalink | Report a problem


Sigourney Weaver talks up Neill Blomkamp's Alien popcorn film & Ghostbusters

20 July 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Sigourney Weaver hasn't officially signed on for Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Alien film, but to think otherwise would be pretty ridiculous given the concept art we've seen thus far as well as her enthusiasm for the project. She'll forever be linked to the Alien saga and just recently she had a bit to say about the turn of events caused by Alien Vs Predator, and how that dissuaded a particularl filmmaker... Read More »

- Sean Wist

Permalink | Report a problem


'Alien Vs Predator' Was Responsible for Ripley's Death in 'Alien 3'

20 July 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Many fans still can't quite embrace Alien 3, with some considering it the worst movie in the franchise. Some hate it simply because it kills off beloved character Ripley at the end, sending her to a fiery death. And though she was resurrected as a clone in Alien Resurrection, many simply aren't willing to forgive director David Fincher and his sequel for what it did. While speaking with London Times at London Comic-Con this past weekend, star Sigourney Weaver confirmed it was her decision to kill off Ripley. Though, we shouldn't blame the actress. Alien Vs. Predator is the real culprit to blame!

While 2012's Prometheus is considered a prequel to Alien, the true Alien franchise came to a close with 2004's Alien Vs. Predator and 2007's Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem. Neither of which set the box office on fire. Most fans of the long-running series did not enjoy either crossover, »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem


Sigourney Weaver Blames Alien Vs. Predator For Basically Ruining The Franchise

20 July 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ridley Scott.s 1979 sci-fi film Alien is one of the scariest movies ever made. However, the most recent installments of the franchise, Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, didn.t exactly set the world on fire. One individual they failed to impress is series star Sigourney Weaver, who is not a fan. In fact, AvP is one of the reasons her character, Ellen Ripley, one of cinema.s greatest badasses, dies in Alien 3. Talking to Radio Times at the London Film and Comic Con, she was asked whether or not it was her decision that Ripley was killed off in Alien 3, to which she replied: Well, yes . because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies. Though Alien vs. Predator didn.t actually materialize until 2004 (Alien 3 showed up in 1992), Paul W.S. Anderson, »

Permalink | Report a problem


Weaver On Avp Fail & Promise Of "Alien 5"

20 July 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

This past weekend's London Comic Con saw many stars turning out for panels, one of them being "Alien" series lead Sigourney Weaver. Though it has been nearly twenty years since she last played Ellen Ripley, the role will arguably remain her most iconic and the actress was happy to talk about the ups and downs of the part with The Radio Times during the event.

Weaver has expressed disappointment in the past with how Fox treated the "Alien" franchise, specifically the "Alien vs. Predator" films of which she's not a fan. While the first "Alien vs. Predator" film hit in 2004, the project had actually been in development at the studio since the early 1990s.

In fact, it was because of that early development that Weaver apparently decided to quit the series in 1993 with the third film (before later returning for 1997's "Alien Resurrection). Asked if it was her decision to »

- Garth Franklin

Permalink | Report a problem


Sigourney Weaver Says ‘Alien vs. Predator’ Movie ‘Really Depressed Me’

20 July 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sigourney Weaver, perhaps best known for starring as Ripley in the “Alien” franchise, feels little love for one of the later entries in the series, 2004’s “Alien vs. Predator.” A fan at the London Film and Comic-Con asked Weaver if it was her choice to have her character, Ripley, killed off in the end of “Alien 3,” to which she replied, “Well, yes, because I heard that Fox was gonna do ‘Alien vs Predator.’ Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.” “I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, »

- Joe Otterson

Permalink | Report a problem


Director Neill Blomkamp Reveals Concept Art for New Alien Movie

17 July 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We now have a first look at the new Alien movie!  Director Neill Blomkamp recently revealed concept art for the franchise's fifth film on Instagram, and it's safe to say iconic alien crusaders Ripley and Hicks (reprised by Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn) look pretty down on their luck as they face what looks like a soldier with a South Korean flag emblazoned on his armor . The grim photo doesn't reveal much of the actual film's plot, but Blompkamp has said his sequel will ignore the events of Alien 3 (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997), instead picking up from James Cameron's 1986 Aliens. "I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of »

Permalink | Report a problem


See New Art Featuring Ellen Ripley from Neill Blomkamp's 'Alien' Sequel

17 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It's been a couple months since we last received word on that new Alien sequel in the works from director Neill Blomkamp (Chappie, District 9). Similarly to Deadpool, this is another Fox movie that seems to be happening thanks entirely to fan support. With Deadpool it was an overwhelmingly positive reaction to leaked footage that eventually got that movie going, and with this new Alien sequel it was essentially Blomkamp-created fan art that fans jumped on, convincing Fox to make it. To prove it's still happening, Blomkamp revealed another piece of concept art on Instagram -- this one featuring Sigourney Weaver (who's returning as Ripley) standing alongside a scarred Hicks (Michael Biehn). Check it out.   #alien going very well. Love this...

Read More

»

- Erik Davis

Permalink | Report a problem


Neill Blomkamp teases new Alien movie with Sigourney Weaver concept art

17 July 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Neill Blomkamp continues to tantalise fans of the Alien franchise with concept art from his sequel.

The filmmaker has kept fans in the loop with his vision for the film throughout pre-production, and his latest concept art depicts Sigourney Weaver as badass alien hunter Ellen Ripley once again.

#alien going very well. Love this project

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:07pm Pdt

Michael Biehn's Corporal Dwayne Hicks, first seen in 1986's Aliens, stands at her side.

Blomkamp also wrote to his Instagram followers: "#alien going very well. Love this project."

It was through the enthusiastic response to concept art that Alien 5 was officially greenlit.

His sequel is said to follow in line with the spirit of Aliens, without ignoring the events in the later sequels.

Bill Paxton is more than ready to take part in Alien 5: "You need to have Hudson"

Blomkamp has »

Permalink | Report a problem


2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

1-20 of 328 items from 2015   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners