In early July, fans learned director James Cameron, star Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Aliens" would be reuniting for a 30th anniversary panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Ahead of the panel, Weaver has been speaking about the upcoming sequel directed by Neill Blomkamp ("District 9"), clearing up some confusion about where it fits in the franchise timeline and whether it will negate the events of 1992's "Alien3" and 1997's "Alien: Resurrection."
Speaking about the script with Entertainment Weekly, Weaver said, "It's a great story and it's satisfying to me to give this woman an ending." While the actor didn't reveal much about the story, she clarified that the sequel will explore the Xenomorphs in a unique way. "It's a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction."
Weaver also confirmed that the new sequel would eject all that came after "Aliens," saying "It's just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron's story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space... In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron's 'Aliens.'"
Blomkamp's sequel currently remains in pre-production limbo at 20th Century Fox after the studio prioritized director Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" -- itself a sequel to Scott's quasi-"Alien" prequel "Prometheus" -- and set it for an August 4, 2017 release. Though Weaver is committed to Cameron's sequel(s) to "Avatar" for the next couple of years and Blomkamp is writing and directing a film adaptation of the sci-fi novel"The Gone World," both remain committed to the new "Aliens" film -- whenever it may happen.
With any luck, more information about the production will be released at the "Aliens" 30th anniversary panel during Comic-Con.