A lot was going on at The Hero Complex Film Festival including an event honoring Ellen Ripley with a double feature of Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens.
What made this such a special is that Sigourney Weaver was on hand to speak about the 35-year-old franchise that’s spawned multiple sequels and a spinoff.
While you’ll find the nitty gritty over at Collider, the biggest story to break is that Weaver is still open to returning as Ripley in a fifth Alien.
The long-gestured Alien 5 has never been kept secret as it’s always been alluded to that it would send Ripley back to the Xenomorph planet to destroy it, killing the creatures once and for all.
Weaver tells the audience that she would return if the situation were right, and that includes hiring a director that shares her vision.
I feel after going to a couple of these Comic Cons and meeting so many fans who are so passionate about the series, passionate about Ripley — that there’s more story to tell; but I don’t know how to do that. I don’t think Alien belongs on Earth popping out of a haystack, which is where I was afraid it was going to go. I feel it should take place in the far reaches of the universe where no one in their right mind would go. There are very few filmmakers that I can think of that I would want to entrust this to. But I can think of a couple… I feel there’s a longing in certain groups of fans when I meet them for the story to be finished because we really left it up in the air and I feel a bit badly about that because I was part of that decision making process. I didn’t want to make four and five in a bundle. I think it’s hard to make these films all in a big lump. You need time to sort of let things resonate so I can imagine a situation where we could at least finish telling her story. I think that would be very satisfying at least to me — although I haven’t done anything about it; but I can understand why that could happen and I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing that. So we’ll just have to see what happens.
Her attitude hasn’t changed much since the last time she spoke about it, but it’s nice to know that she personally feels a lack of resolve, and would like to see Ripley’s arc come to an end.