“Alien”‘s fourth movie, Alien: Resurrection, is a bizarre movie in the franchise that owes a combination of writer (Joss Whedon) and director (“Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet). The varying sensitivities between the two aren’t quite the same in a story that finds Ripley’s Sigourney Weaver resurrected with a DNA xenomorph and a kinda-sorta with an exotic hybrid of a newborn xenomorph. Whedon has been vocal in the past about saying how he felt the production didn’t do his script justice, and now Jeunet speaks out — and doesn’t care much about the types of movies Whedon makes anyway.
As part of his 25th Anniversary interview with The Independent, Jonnett admitted he had seen what Whedon had to say about “Alien: Resurrection” and that Whedon’s version of the film would likely be a more financial success (the film debuted behind “Flubber” at the box office) – on Although it is not something creative the French filmmaker finds interesting.
“I know Joss Whedon said some bad things about me,” said Jonnet. “I don’t care. I know if Joss Whedon made the movie himself, it would probably be a huge hit. He’s very good at making movies for American geeks—something for stupid. Because he’s so good at making Marvel movies. I hate that kind of movie.” It’s so silly, so stupid.”
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Back in 2005, Whedon announced his displeasure with how the film had turned out.
“It wasn’t about doing everything differently,” he said, “that although they changed the ending, it’s mostly about doing everything wrong.” “They said the lines…mostly…but they said it was all wrong. And they got it wrong. And they designed it wrong. And they scored it wrong. They did everything wrong they could do.”
The director continued: “It was not so much that they changed the script; it was that they just executed it in such a horrible way that they made it almost unwatchable.”
At the time of “Alien: Resurrection” in 1997, Whedon was a prominent screenplay doctor in Hollywood and worked on films like Speed and “Twister” but was looking to make his own mark with his TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He would, of course, go on to write and direct the first two massively successful Marvel films “Avengers” and reshoot Warner Bros. 2017 movie “Justice League”.
As for the “Alien” franchise, Jeunet says in an anniversary interview that “Alien 3” director David Fincher called to warn him when the entry first took place. When I arrived, David called me and said, ‘Give up! Return to Paris! Alien 3 was a nightmare! He said laughing.
But during production, Jonnett said he was “almost completely free,” and when he visited again for the film recently, he had a candid assessment.
“I have a lot of shots that I like. For people who don’t like that, I can say, ‘And-you!”
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