Comic Con: Weaver hopes to reprise ‘Alien’ hero­ine Ri­p­ley

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - DER­RIK J. LANG

SAN DIEGO — Sigour­ney Weaver ap­par­ently isn’t fin­ished fight­ing aliens.

The orig­i­nal star of the “Alien” film fran­chise says she’s hope­ful about repris­ing her role as toughas-nails sur­vivor Ellen Ri­p­ley in another se­quel.

Weaver told the Comic-Con crowd dur­ing a Satur­day panel celebrating the 30th an­niver­sary of the sci-fi se­quel “Aliens” that “District 9” film­maker Neill Blomkamp pitched her an idea for another in­stal­ment when they were work­ing to­gether on his 2015 film “Chap­pie.”

“Four months later, I got a script that was so amaz­ing and gives the fans ev­ery­thing they are look­ing for — plus in­no­vates in a lot of ways,” said Weaver.

The ac­tress, who will soon be­gin pro­duc­tion on film­maker James Cameron’s “Avatar” se­quels, isn’t sure when they would work on the pro­ject. “Alien” di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott is cur­rently craft­ing a “Prometheus” se­quel ti­tled “Alien: Covenant.”

“(Blomkamp) has work to do, and I have work to do,” said Weaver.

“I am hop­ing when we fin­ish those jobs, we will cir­cle back and start to do it.”

Weaver last por­trayed Ri­p­ley on screen in the 1997 se­quel “Alien Res­ur­rec­tion,” the fourth film in the se­ries that ended with a clone of Ri­p­ley ar­riv­ing on Earth. (The orig­i­nal Ri­p­ley sac­ri­ficed her­self at the con­clu­sion of 1992’s “Aliens 3.”)

Weaver told 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-In­ter­na­tional that she wasn’t in­ter­ested in an Earth­set se­quel be­cause she thought “Earth was bor­ing.”

Weaver was joined on the “Aliens” an­niver­sary panel by di­rec­tor James Cameron, pro­ducer Gale Anne Hurd and co-stars Bill Pax­ton, Lance Hen­rik­sen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn and Car­rie Henn.

CHRIS PIZZELLO, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this 1999 photo, Sigour­ney Weaver, star of all four “Alien” films, poses with a man dressed as the famed movie crea­ture. Weaver told fans at Comic Con this year she hopes to re­sume the role in another se­quel.

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