This past weekend’s London Comic Con saw many stars turning out for panels, one of them being “Alien” series lead Sigourney Weaver. Though it has been nearly twenty years since she last played Ellen Ripley, the role will arguably remain her most iconic and the actress was happy to talk about the ups and downs of the part with The Radio Times during the event.
Weaver has expressed disappointment in the past with how Fox treated the “Alien” franchise, specifically the “Alien vs. Predator” films of which she’s not a fan. While the first “Alien vs. Predator” film hit in 2004, the project had actually been in development at the studio since the early 1990s.
In fact, it was because of that early development that Weaver apparently decided to quit the series in 1993 with the third film (before later returning for 1997’s “Alien Resurrection). Asked if it was her decision to kill off the character in “Alien 3” she says:
“Well, yes – because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies… I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game, but at the time it was, as Jim Cameron said, I think publicly, ‘Why would you want to do that’? It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman.”
She also adds that Ridley Scott was keen on doing a third “Alien” but was also turned off by Fox’s plans for the franchise. She is, however, quite excited about “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s vision for a ‘true’ sequel to “Aliens” which apparently “won’t wipe away the events seen in Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection” and will also see the return of Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn). Of Blomkamp, Weaver says:
“I’m so excited about Neill – because Neill is like you guys. He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much. I love the fact that’s Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see.”
Will Ripley finally get a happy ending? “Well – it’s certainly something we’ve discussed. I agree, she’s had kind of a crap life. Many interruptions” says Weaver.