This past weekend brought us the brand chest-burstin’ new trailer for the latest installment in Fox’s Alien franchise. It showed prior to my screening of the most-likely final cinematic return of the beloved original Enterprise crew in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which you should definitely see and not just for the Alien 3 trailer (see SLW’s review for proof). But, yes(!), after nearly six years of waiting, we finally have our first glimpse of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in her latest fight for survival against the dreaded xenomorphs. We had the briefest notions of the movie way back when the movie was still in pre-production, but with all the screenwriters brought in, one has to wonder if that teaser really was a tease. Remember this?
Note the invocation of Earth. At the time, it seemed like this referenced was indicative of the alien baddies reaching our home planet and causing a ruckus. But now, after seeing the trailer, I can’t help but think it just meant us — the prospective audience — and was never meant to point at the film’s story. With all the screenwriters attached to this project, maybe the Earth story was just lost in the shuffle? Because while the new trailer with actual footage from the movie doesn’t look half bad, it’s hard to see what this thing has to do with our island Earth. Unless, of course, the planet is some sort of single sex penal colony in the future, which might be interesting if it made any sense.
But there’s plenty of good things on display here, too. Weaver as Ripley will never not be engaging, and I’ve been a fan of Charles S. Dutton since his sitcom “Roc” premiered at the beginning of this television season. I’ve also heard good things about this Charles Dance fellow, a real British thespian, and he was just cast as the villain in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next big Hollywood blockbuster, Last Action Hero, so here’s hoping this is the start of a great Hollywood career. Anyway, enough of my babbling, here’s the trailer, and if you jump out of your cubicle, don’t say I didn’t warn you:
I definitely appreciate the mood that director newbie David Fincher seems to be evoking, and his talents were forged in the same cauldron of videos and commercials of Alien helmer Ridley Scott. We saw how well that worked out, right? (Hint: Very.) So, if Fincher wants to take the franchise back to its horror roots, then I am all for it. Oh, and damn if that shot of the alien and Ripley from the header might not just be the most iconic imagery for the entire series. If that’s just for the trailer, imagine what the movie could have in store. Is the “bitch” really back (whatever that means)? We’ll find out on May 22, 1992. I can’t wait, especially to see what they do with Newt and Hicks, Ripley’s co-survivors from Aliens who are as-yet-unseen. Can you?
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter, tumbls on the Tumblr, and his wares can be purchased here. He’s pretty sure Alien 3 can’t live up to the perfection of the first two, but he would love to be wrong.