Seven years after the final sequel in the Alien franchise, the film’s monsters collided with another sci-fi horror series in the form of Alien vs. Predator, released in 2004. The crossover movie was panned by both fans and critics alike, and as it turns out, Sigourney Weaver didn’t like it either.
Weaver, who was of course the star of the Alien franchise, spoke about the mash-up film at the London Film and Comic-Con yesterday, expressing how bummed she was when she found out it was being made.
“I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs Predator, which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies,” Weaver told fans at the event. “I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game, but at the time it was, as James Cameron said, I think publicly, ‘Why would you want to do that’? It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman.”
The actress/horror icon also pointed out that Alien vs. Predator, despite being a box office success, hurt the Alien franchise more than it helped it, as she noted that Ridley Scott decided to never make an Alien sequel again in the wake of the lackluster crossover.
“I think it caused more problems than it was worth,” Weaver said.
Over a decade after the release of Alien vs. Predator, the Alien franchise will return with the Neill Blomkamp-directed fifth installment, and that’s one project Weaver is very much looking forward to bringing to life.
“I’m so excited about Neill — because Neill is like you guys!” Weaver told the crowd. “He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much. I love the fact that’s Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see.”
Check out some concept art from Blomkamp’s Alien sequel below.