Sigourney Weaver has revealed that she would to love to return as sci-fi icon Ellen Ripley for a fifth Alien film.
There doesn’t seem to be any plans for another instalment to the hugely popular franchise, even though Weaver insists that Ripley’s story is still unresolved. In fact, recently there has been more talk of a sequel to Prometheus, the prequel to Alien, than another film that involves Ripley.
Weaver shot to fame as the star of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien, before then starring in James Cameron’s 1986 highly acclaimed follow-up Aliens.
She also featured in the less popular Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, which were directed by David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, respectively, but despite the fact that neither of these films received the praise of its predecessors, Weaver is still adamant that there is life in the film series yet.
“I definitely feel the story is unresolved, we never really finished it,” Weaver explained. “That was sort of my responsibility, because I didn’t like where the story was going – I’d already tried to kill myself in Alien 3.”
The actress also noted that she isn’t a fan of the spin-off films of the series, which saw the creature paired with another cinematic legend, Predator. “I didn’t like the Alien Vs Predator movies, I thought they were demeaning to a wonderful story,” she noted. “Jim Cameron said it was like Alien vs the Wolfman. For many reasons, I didn’t want to pursue it, I wanted to do other things.”
Alien Resurrection did provide some closure to the story though, as Ripley managed to kill a human hybrid of the alien before making her way back to earth with Winona Ryder’s android.
Weaver insists that there is more room to explore in the story. “As a former English major, I feel like… hmmm, I wish we’d finished this story,” she added. “It feels incomplete to me. I wish it didn’t, but it does. We left it hanging. And there’s a way to finish this story that I think would be satisfying to me and the many fans.”
This isn’t the first time that Weaver has made several comments alluding to another Alien film. In June she told a crowd at the Hero Complex film festival that the story was unresolved, while back in May James Cameron also revealed that he had once planned to make Alien 5 alongside Ridley Scott. However these plans ultimately fell through.
Weaver made the comments while promoting her role in the new Alien game, which she also insisted is “incredibly cool.” This is the first time that she’s played the character since 1997’s Alien Resurrection.