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Sigourney Weaver on the 'Alien' Franchise: We Have to Go Back

By Cindy Davis | Industry | June 3, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | June 3, 2014 |

This past Sunday, as part of The Hero Complex Film Festival, Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens were both screened and Ellen Ripley was celebrated as the iconic heroine she is. In between showings, Sigourney Weaver made an appearance and discussed everything from her initial misgivings about the first film to her thoughts on the franchise’s future. Thankfully, the word “reboot” was never mentioned, but interestingly, the actress does seem to have a desire to revisit her old nemesis. Here are some excerpts from her discussion and Q & A fan session:

On her initial concerns about Alien:

“I [had trepidations] because I hadn’t seen the designs. If you just read the script. It’s basically just Ten Little Indians and the monster is just — some monster. I pictured this big blob of yellow gel rumbling around. “

On H. R. Giger:

“At the first meeting with Ridley, he pulled out all these beautiful big drawings H.R. Giger had done. He’s one of the main reasons we’re still here talking about this film. Giger’s designs are so uniquely disturbing and Carlo Rambaldi’s (who created the alien head effects) vision of the Alien — I wanted to be part of whatever that was because I had never seen anything like that on the screen before.”

On the series longevity:

“One of the reasons it has lived on is that unfortunately we have a lot of corporations characterized by the same kind of greed [depicted in the film]. This whole idea of ‘crew expendable’ is unfortunately an idea that is very alive in our world. So there are certain things culturally that I think have kept it relevant.”

On there being more story to tell:

(After) “meeting so many fans who are so passionate about the series, passionate about Ripley … 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.”

Weaver didn’t reference Prometheus — purported to be a fifth installment or a prequel — so perhaps like most of us, she chooses to ignore any connection between the films. While Ridley Scott is marching forward with his sequel (screenplay written by Green Lantern’s Michael Green), it would be a hoot if someone like Gareth Edwards or Neill Blomkamp takes this ball and runs.

(quotes via L.A. Times and Collider)

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) would gladly go back.

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