This is something I’ve been wanting to post and questioning whether or not to post it.
I’m a huge fan of Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, mostly Aliens. I can’t stand Alien3, it ticks me off that after everything Ripley went through in Aliens was all a waste in the first five minutes 3. Resurrection wasn’t any better, at least it didn’t kill off great characters in the first five minutes making everything the heroes went through in the previous film all for nothing. Ever since 3, the series has been going down hill, the only film that was an improvement was Prometheus, but not by very much because of all it’s huge plot holes.
I feel the only way to reinvent the Aliens series is do what many movies have done before with one simple word, “retcon.” Simply make a straight sequel to Alien and Aliens and retcon 3 and 4 like they never happened. They could even bring back the original cast like Weaver, Biehn, maybe Henricksen, and they could bring a new actress to play Newt all grown up (since Carrie Henn is retired). I always thought it would’ve been great to do a whole Aliens story maybe franchise centered around Newt as a grown up.
Which has been done before, prior to the release of Alien3 Dark Horse wrote an Aliens comic book trilogy centered around Newt all grown up written by TV writer/producer Mark Verhieden. It was a good series, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately after the release of 3, Fox reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie, Hicks became Wilks, and in the Steve Perry adaptations Ripley became a droid. COP-OUT!!! I have the original comics before the reprint, they are prized possessions of mine.
Movies have done this before, both Prometheus and Predators ignored the Aliens vs. Predator movies like they never even happened. Superman Returns was a direct sequel to the original Superman 1 and 2 and retconed 3 and 4. Halloween: H20 was a direct sequel Halloween 1 and 2 and retconed 4-6, course 3 was a different kettle of fish. Just recently, Texas Chainsaw (3D) was a direct sequel to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and ignored 2 and 3. If these movies can do it, why not Aliens?
They could really bring a new actress to carry on the Aliens legacy with Newt and Michael Biehn and Sigourney Weaver could return as supporting characters.
Well, that’s my idea. I’m very passionate about this idea, I even wrote my own stories as a hobby, even made photoshop fan art of my stories. I really miss the Xenomorphs on screen and I feel they bring back these characters as if 3 and 4 never happen to usher in a new Aliens franchise for a new generation.