Digital de-aging is all the rage in Hollywood right now. From Robert Downey Jr.’s surprisingly youthful turn in “Avengers: Civil War” to Carrie Fisher‘s brief cameo in “Rogue One” to Martin Scorsese‘s comments about “The Irishmen,” it seems that no franchise or filmmaker is immune the allure of using technology to bring actors back to their peak years. Fans, of course, are still a little more uncertain. While ‘Avengers’ proved that the technology is surprisingly efficient, it’s also decidedly unnatural, placing some of our favorite actors deep, deep in an uncanny valley from which their performances may never return.

Well, now you can add director Ridley Scott to that mix. According to a report at GeekTyrant, an upcoming “Alien: Covenant” issue of Empire includes one choice comment about Scott and how he thinks Sigourney Weaver might factor into future movies in the “Alien” franchise. Here’s the excerpt from the issue:

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Scott will, it seems, be holding back some of his gruesome notions for future installments: he is planning at least two more films before linking up with the original “Alien.” “Right now we’ve got a ten-page synopsis,” he reveals. ‘John Logan‘s doing it. And we know where we’re going with it.’ He is not ruling out the idea of using a digitally de-aged Sigourney Weaver to bring back Ripley: ‘You could do that,’ he allows. And Logan promises ‘different mutations’ of the Alien to come.

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While some would jump at the chance to have Weaver involved in the upcoming ‘Alien’ movies — whether you love or hate “Alien: Resurrection,” there’s no denying it didn’t provide Weaver’s Ripley with the degree of closure most fans were looking for —anchoring an entire movie on a digitally recreated character is a tough sell. My movie pitch? Get rid of the whole idea and have Weaver play Ripley’s daughter between the events of “Alien” and “Aliens.” The age would be right and you’d add the poignancy of someone looking for a loved one you know they’ll never find. Plus, then you could have Ripley descendants on a planet somewhere! I’m available for re-writes, Ridley, just say the word.

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  • Ryan

    As long as Ridley Scott is directing the films, I’m up for it.

  • Bo

    Today’s films are getting worse and worse. Technology can be a good thing, but it can also totally ruin aesthetic awareness and appreciation in the pursuit to make huge amounts of money and the only way to do that is to appeal to the lowest common denominator of the herd mentality mass audience. That leaves any of not that mentality without authentic intelligent films to see as they are few and far between these days of wanting massive blockbuster movies that cater to world wide audiences. Pity.

  • Keldroc

    “My movie pitch? Get rid of the whole idea and have Weaver play Ripley’s daughter between the events of “Alien” and “Aliens.””

    Already done as the videogame Alien: Isolation, although not with Weaver playing her. Better story than any of the post-Aliens movies, so your instincts are right.

  • Holeybartender

    I’m fine with the de-aging in small doses but an entire film? Logan had everyone fooled that Jackman was in alot of his action scenes and that his elder age was digital but Rogue One’s Leia was horribly cheesy looking when done full CGI. I don’t think it is quite there yet,it still takes me out of the movie.

    • Vos_L

      Leia wasn’t full CGI… actress played the role in the movie and they used CGI to superimpose Fisher’s face over the face of the actress, like what is done with motion capture.

      • Holeybartender

        Yes her full face,that is what I mean by full CGI. Logan was done differently as it was still his face but instead of real make-up to make him look old it was digital make-up,only the stunt scenes used the standard mo-cap to replace his face.

  • NeccoWafer

    More fan-boy babbling.

  • Vos_L

    2 more prequels after this one? Scott is beating the “franchise” to death.

  • LA2000

    Sorry, but there are limits.

    Scott has been cranking these out 5 years apart. At that place, Sigourney Weaver will be 78 by the time they circle back to the Ripley storyline. Turning a 78 year old into a fighting weight 36 year old in an ACTION movie is going to take more than a digital facelift. It’s going to require someone else to do the physical performance (even the fittest 78 year old doesn’t move like a 36 year old) and digitally stitch on a de-aged Weaver face. Then they are going to need to address the voice, which ages just like a body. At this point, how much of Sigourney Weaver’s performance is even left after the effects people have finished with their digital shenanigans?

    Add to this the fact that Scott will be 90, and directing the whole enterprise from a walker, in Depends, using a hearing aid, and this proposition sounds completely ridiculous.

    They should just let Neill Blomkamp do his Ripley storyline and alternate the releases with the Scott “Prometheus” storyline, joining the two with some big finale reveal on the last picture. Such a strategy would provide Fox with an “Alien” entry every two years, instead of the glacial, 2 installments per decade that they are currently working at.

    In any case, if they are going to turn this into a relevant, growing enterprise, they need to pick up the pace.

    • Holeybartender

      Right. Marvel has proven you can crank a movie out every year,there’s no reason to take forever. It’s like the Indiana Jones movies,no one wants one without Harrison Ford. They are eventually going to get too old for action movies,it’s not like the are fit as Stalone or Arnold at that age.

      • blue439

        Except Marvel owns/controls every aspect of the Marvel superhero universe. That’s not the case with Fox and the Alien franchise.

    • badgamer1967

      “They should just let Neill Blomkamp do his Ripley storyline” agreed 100%