a) Scenarios Leading Nowhere
The producers had ideas ranging from the aliens invading Earth, where they fuse into a giant, multi-talented monster that destroys New York City, which seemed to be the basic scenario used for an Eric Red script.
b) Weyland Vs Seperatists scenario evolves
Sigourney's would only make a cameo
appearance in it and demanded that Alien 3 and 4 be produced
concurrently to lessen production costs. ( I have to make look at Cinescape again to make sure it was her making the demand)
c) Grabbing Ridley Scott's interest
The idea at the time was that his version was intended to be directed by Ridley Scott.
- The producers' ideas ranged from the aliens invading Earth, where they fuse into a giant, multi-talented monster that destroys New York City to Ripley and Newt hunting an especially mobile creature in a Blade Runner-esque off-world Metropolis, and then unsatisfied with these concepts, Hill, Giler and Carroll eventually returned to what worked in the first two films, a dark, isolated, labyrinthine setting. And they soon found themselves returning for input, both because they had respect for her judgment and because they thought she'd be more likely to reprise her role if they brought her in as co-producer to help the story and Lieutenant Ripley evolve. (Cinescape, 1992)
- Hill and Giler each labored on several ideas before settling upon a complex two part story that offered the underhanded Weyland-Yutani Corporation (known as "The Company") facing off with militarily aggressive culture of humans whose rigid socialist ideology has caused them to seperate from Earth Society. Weaver would only make a cameo appearance in it demanded that Alien 3 and Alien 4 be produced concurrently to lessen production costs. "We talked to Ridley briefly" said Weaver, who was enthusiastic about the possibility of working with Scott again. "But he could never get it together." The director had just completed Someone To Watch Over Me and was preparing Black Rain. He was also scheduled to shoot Thelma and Louise, the feminist road picture for which he would receive and Academy Award nomination. Though interested in returning to the franchise, he was woefully overcommitted. (Sigourney Weaver, Cinescape 1992)
- Le Fox a même mis en suspens la production de Alien III, pour se concentrer sur la sortie de cette gigantesque production-ci, dont le budget avoisine les 40 millions de dollars de bruit incongru de... 60 millions de dollars est aussi répandu (Translation: Fox has even shelved the production of Alien III, to focus on the release of this gigantic producing one, whose budget is around incongruous sound of the 40 million ... 60 million is as widespread)(Mad Movies 60,p16)