Alien vs Predator writer hits back at Sigourney Weaver criticism

Spec script writer Peter Briggs responded to the actress’ comments with a 1,000-word website post

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Last weekend, in a story broken by RadioTimes.com, Alien actress Sigourney Weaver expressed a certain lack of love for spin-off film Alien vs Predator – but now one of the movie’s writers is hitting back.

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“Once again, I heaved a sigh that she just can’t stop scratching this itch,” said screenwriter Peter Briggs, who first wrote a spec script for the mash-up movie back in 1991 around the time Weaver first heard about it (though the film itself ended up using an altered script and plot for its release in 2004).

“I do wish Sigourney Weaver would stop beating on Alien vs Predator as her pet piñata in ‘ruining’ the Alien franchise, and acknowledge that two standalone Alien movies [Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection] she was actively involved with unfortunately managed that first, all on their own.”

Briggs made the reply in a 1,000-word post on website Bloody Disgusting, where he also took issue with some of Weaver’s recollections, including her statement that the potential existence of AvP had caused her to insist her character Ripley died at the end of Alien 3.

“When I hear Sigourney Weaver recounting her killing off Ripley in Alien 3 because she’d heard Fox were talking about doing Alien vs Predator, despite the fact our project was first spoken about and initiated well over a year (not even counting Vincent Ward’s involvement!) after her movie had gone into active production, I really have to roll my eyes at her claims,” he said.

Weaver’s original comments were made last weekend at the London Film and Comic-con, where she pronounced herself “really depressed” by Alien vs Predator’s existence.

“I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [Aliens director] Jim Cameron said I think publically, ‘why would you want to do that?'” Weaver recalled. “It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman.”

“I don’t even know if Sigourney Weaver has read the Alien vs Predator draft I wrote. She’s never said she has,” Briggs went on in his post.

“But, I was a fan obsessive of the Alien franchise, Sigourney. Big time. Particularly Ridley’s original, which is still unmatched. And Alien vs Predator — as a concept — is still killer, full of potential. Even its critically maligned first cinematic outing made $172,544,654 worldwide, compared to $159,814,498 for Alien 3 and $161,376,068 for Resurrection. Hardly a financial ‘fail’ there, Sigourney.”

He concluded: “There’s a terrific Alien vs Predator movie still to be made by someone. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

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Sounds like somebody hit a nerve – your move, Sigourney…