In 1979 Alien, Sigourney Weaver is Ripley, the only character able to survive the battle with the monstrous xenomorph, allowing her to return to the sequel Aliens – Final Clash. In the sequel, he meets Colonel Hicks, played by Michael Biehn, a character who unfortunately passed away between the first and second sequel.
And while Sigourney Weaver has always shown great interest in the franchise, Michael Biehn has completely turned away from everything that has been the sequel to the film in which he participated.
“I’ve never seen anything beyond Aliens – Final Clash,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve never seen Alien3, 4, 5. I haven’t seen Covenant. I don’t care about anything like that. There’s no reason to put up with the pain of ‘I could have done better than that'”.
Alien3 he had a complicated path, partly because David Fincher even distanced himself from the project and the franchise fans were rather disappointed, not only from Hicks’ death but also from various other elements of the plot. Author William Gibson wrote a sequel to Aliens – Final Clash in 1987 that was eventually shelved to focus on Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop after the Aliens events.
The screenplay was adapted into a comic book series and a dramatic film, with Biehn himself taking up the lead role.
Even Sigourney Weaver had regretted not seeing a sequel with Hicks: “I don’t know what would have happened if Jim Cameron had directed Alien3. I think a much more serious relationship would have been born and it would have been wonderful to see him.”
The fate of the franchise is currently unclear, as the disappointing box office numbers of Alien: Covenant have complicated the possibility of making a sequel, especially after the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney. In any case, whatever the future, it will not include Michael Biehn.
The cast of Aliens had reunited at Comic-Con 2016 while in 2014 they had sprouted photos of James Remar as Hicks.