I’m all for them trying new things with variants on the alien design. The Kenner toy line in the 90s had the right idea. Snake Alien. Gorilla Alien. Crab Alien. Flying Alien Queen. So many aliens. They should just set the next alien movie/game in a zoo. Pretty sure there was an Alien King introduced in one of the comics, because what’s worse than a queen right?
I’m an alien 3 apologist. It’s dark. It’s sepia toned and I like all the performances from the cast. I mean I understand why people hate it. It really does just brutally murder any hope for the future that Ripley rightfully earned following Aliens but that’s what aliens do. Ruin people’s lives. Potentially it is the worst Alien threequel out of all the ones that were in various levels of development. There was Renny Harlin’s sequel to Aliens which would have brought the aliens to earth through a movie that was probably going to be more of a direct sequel to Aliens. There was the wooden monastry planet which eventually morphed into the all male prison of the third movie. There was the William Gibson scribed one that didn’t even have Ripley in it at all (think it was uncertain whether Weaver was going to return), focusing instead on Newt and Hicks and space soviets. They made a pretty interesting comic adaptation and audio book of that script. I say interesting only because it has a soviet space station (Union of Progressive Peoples) become infested with aliens and the implication that the alien didn’t need a Queen to actually reproduce, any alien matter would eventually lead to the growth of an alien creature. Allowing them to think outside of the usual chestburster loop, by having the alien literally grow behind the skin, and then basically bursting fully formed through the human in what would have probably been a massive undertaking for the props department.
Alien movies always seem to be in some form of development hell. I have no doubt that they will greenlight something akin to the direct sequel to Aliens, whether it be through Neil Bloomkamp’s Alien 5 idea or something with pulse rifles. Once Ridley Scott is done with his alien prequels. It’ll be time to revisit the colonial marines and their pulse rifles for all the nostalgia money. Of course I’m with Rob, any new alien thing should focus on the individual’s suffering under unchecked capitalism enacted by the corporate overlords ruling uncharted space.