How a Disney Deal Destroyed Plans for a New Alien Movie
Walter Hill has explained how Disney’s purchase of Fox sabotaged his plans for a new Alien movie starring Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley.
Walter Hill is pretty much the godfather of the Alien franchise. He produced the original 1979 horror and, with David Giler, did an uncredited rewrite of the screenplay by legendary Dan O’Bannon.
He got story credit on the action classic Aliens. And a screenplay credit on the less well-received Alien 3. He’s also had a production credit on every subsequent film in the franchise, including the most recent – 2017’s Alien Covenant.
And in a new interview, Hill revealed that he recently pitched a new storyline idea for the franchise.
Walter Hill wanted to make a new movie with Sigourney Weaver
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the new western Dead for a Dollar, Hill was asked about Alien’s plans.
“We tried that a few years ago with Sigourney,” the writer-director revealed. “But that was when Aliens was still at Fox.
“The folks at Disney, who now control the aliens, expressed no interest in going that route. I had an idea for a good story with the character of Ripley and Sigourney.
The future of franchising
But that’s not the end of the Alien franchise, as there are currently two projects in the works…
In December 2020, Disney announced an Alien TV series, which will be overseen by showrunner Fargo and Legion. In a Tweet posted during an Investor Day presentation, the studio described it as “a spooky thrill ride set not too far in the future here on Earth.” Production is expected to start in 2023.
As for a future feature film, in March 2022, Don’t Breathe director Fede Álvarez was hired to write and direct a new film that Ridley Scott would produce for Hulu. The idea is for the movie to be a standalone story about brand new characters.