While not the most beloved installment in the franchise already, Alien Resurrection director Jean-Pierre Jeunet gives his blunt thoughts on Joss Whedon’s criticism of the film. The fourth film in the long-running sci-fi/horrr series, 200 years after the events of Alien 3in which Ellen Ripley of Sigourney Weaver sacrificed herself to prevent Weyland-Yutani from getting their hands on a Xenomorph queen embryo. Alien Resurrection sees Ripley cloned with the queen embryo in tow, now a hybrid of her human host, resulting in another onslaught of terror aboard a spaceship full of mercenaries and military scientists.
With a cast that also included Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, JE Freeman, Gary Dourdan, Chucky actor Brad Dourif and Michael Wincott, Alien Resurrection hit theaters in late 1997 to generally mixed reviews from critics, with some praise centered on Weaver’s direction, performance, and visual effects, while the plot and screenplay were criticized. While the film grossed over $160 million against its $70 million production budget, 20th Century Fox was initially looking at a fifth film with Whedon returning to write the script, whose story would be set on Earth, though Weaver declined to return. due to disinterest in the film. story. While audience reception for the film has warmed in the years since it came out, one creative has proved adamant in their distaste for Alien Resurrectionand the man behind the sequel shares his thoughts.
While speaking with The independent for the 25th anniversary of the film, Jean-Pierre Jeunet reflected on Joss Whedon’s Alien Resurrection criticism. The director expressed his lack of interest in the avengers the filmmaker’s feelings about the film, while also disapproving of Whedon’s own approach to making his films. See what Jeunet said below:
I know Joss Whedon has said some bad things about me. I do not give a hoot. I know that if Joss Whedon had made the movie himself, it probably would have been a huge success. He’s really good at making movies for American geeks – something for idiots. Because he is very good at making Marvel movies. I hate these kind of movies. It’s so stupid, so stupid.
Would Joss Whedon directing Alien Resurrection have worked?
Whedon’s Alien Resurrections criticism is an embarrassment to fans of the filmmaker and the franchise as a whole, with the former avengers director who disapproves of the decision to change his original ending, and for doing “everything wrong they could do.” Considering Whedon was only a few years past the critically panned Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, in which he would improve on the beloved Sarah Michelle Gellar-led TV show, it’s understandable that both he and fans of his would have felt that any deviations from his material likely undermined the film. However, it begs the question whether Alien Resurrection would have worked with Whedon in the director’s chair in favor of Jeunet.
Interestingly enough, Jeunet felt that making a sequel to Alien 3 was a bad idea before you signed up for Alien Resurrection, however, would come up with the idea if given the chance for more creative freedom. Since Whedon hadn’t actually made his directorial debut, feature film or TV-wise before the film was made, in the end it seems to have been the better choice to choose a director with the right experience in the genre, namely someone who was initially disinterested. in continuation of the Alien franchise forward as that would be a motivator for Jeunet to make something truly original within the aging series for the time. Jeunet’s blunt response to Whedon’s criticism of Alien Resurrection not only offer a humorous way to brush away the writer’s feelings, but are sure to apply to those who eventually came to enjoy the sequel, which is currently streaming on Starz.
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