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Alien: Resurrection came and went and served as nothing more than a flaccid end to the original franchise. Despite the Alien vs. Predator films and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Resurrection was the fourth and final entry into the original storyline. So far at least.
This poor entry has just as many trivia tidbits as the plagued third film, directed by David Fincher. Here are 13 things you may not have known…
1. Sigourney Weaver was paid $11 million to come back as Ripley, which was the entire budget of Ridley Scott’s original Alien.
2. Resurrection takes place in 2379, 200 years after “Aliens” and “Alien 3” (2179) and also takes place 257 years after “Alien” (2122).
3. Danny Boyle was the original choice to direct but declined. David Cronenberg was also asked to direct, but he passed on it as well.
4. Producer David Giler was initially opposed to the making of a fourth film.
5. Winona Ryder agreed to do this film even before reading the script. She stated that she “didn’t care if she died in the first scene”, she’d do it. Ryder claimed that then she could boast about being in an “Alien” movie to her younger brothers.
6. The underwater sequence marked the first time that Winona Ryder had gone underwater since a near-drowning incident that happened to her when she was 12 years old. The actress suffered a complete anxiety attack on the first day of filming in the underwater set.
7. Joss Whedon, who wrote the film, was unhappy with everything about the film. He later commented in 2005: “It wasn’t a question of doing everything differently, although they changed the ending; it was mostly a matter of doing everything wrong. They said the lines, but they said them all wrong. And they cast it wrong. And they designed it wrong. And they scored it wrong. They did everything wrong they could possibly do.
8. When pre-production was underway, the original Alien Queen could not be located and the molds that were used to build the original, were damaged beyond usefulness. However, an original life-size puppet was located in the personal collection of an avid Alien fan.
9. Joss Whedon originally scripted the Newborn creature as a deadly four-legged, eyeless, bone-white creature with red veins running along the sides of its head. It had an inner jaw, similar to the all the other aliens. It also had a pair of pincers on the sides of his head. These pincers were used to hold its prey still as it drained the prey of blood with its inner jaw. The creature was also larger, nearly the size of the queen alien. In later script revisions, the creature was changed into a “more believable” hybrid of human and alien.
10. The Newborn was specifically given eyes to answer some of the criticism that had been made earlier about how the alien could actually see, as it had no apparent eyes.
11. Originally, the fourth alien movie was to be a rendition of the popular comic Aliens Vs. Predator, which combined the Alien creatures with Predator. That didn’t happen until 2004.
12. The studio wanted to cut the scene preceding Ripley’s encounter with the alien queen because of its rather sexual nature. They decided to keep it when Sigourney Weaver threatened to not promote the film if the scene was cut.
13. Sigourney Weaver signed on to the film largely because of one scene in particular – when Ripley 8 encounters her previous 7 aborted genetic incarnations.