Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley character has become one of the shining examples of how to write compelling feminine characters in Hollywood blockbusters – and the actress was honored for her efforts in fighting off countless Xenomorphs at the Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend.
Guests were treated to screenings of Alien and Aliens, but the real intriguing stuff came out during an interview Weaver conducted at the event. In it, the actress reveals she’d be game for doing at least one more film as the iconic character – to bring closure to the story started all those years ago in Ridley Scott’s film.
“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…”
It’s interesting to note that Weaver wasn’t intrigued by the idea of Xenomorphs running around on Earth – because that certainly seemed to be the direction the franchise was headed at one point. We did eventually get that story arc, but it was relegated to the spin-off Alien vs. Predator films, which would seemingly open the door for a fifth Alien feature to go in an entirely different direction.
Of course, what that direction might be is open to a lot of conjecture. Weaver’s probably right that it should once again take place somewhere out in deep space, where she’s so isolated that any sort of cavalry rescue is impossible. It’s just hard to shake the feeling after Alien: Resurrection (and even the admittedly underwhelming Alien 3) that there’s anyone out there who’s going to get this new entry right.
In some ways, the franchise might be best served with a mini reboot – something along the lines of how Halloween: H20 jettisoned all the sequels after Halloween II and just continued that story two decades later. This would allow whomever Fox hires to make a new sequel to build on Aliens rather than be stuck continuing on from Resurrection. That’s just an idea, though – I know some folks dig Alien 3 and Resurrection even has its share of admirers.
What do you guys think? Are you up for another Ripley adventure? What would you want to see in a fifth Alien film at this point? Play producer in the comment section below.
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