SAN DIEGO — Sigourney Weaver is confident she will be reprising her role as Ripley in an “Aliens” sequel, she told a crowd at Comic-Con on Saturday.
Weaver, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1986’s “Aliens,” discussed the possibility of returning to the role during a panel celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary.
The actress confirmed that a script has been written by “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp, whom she worked with on 2015’s “Chappie.”
“Four months [after shooting], I got a script that was so amazing and gives the fans everything they are looking for plus innovates, in a lot of ways,” she said.
Weaver has been skeptical about previous sequel attempts: “I had never wanted to do a fifth [movie]. I didn’t want to go to Earth because I thought Earth was boring.”
She hinted to the crowd that actor Michael Biehn, who played Cpl. Dwayne Hicks, might also be involved in this sequel, but didn’t offer details of how that might work since his character died in the opening scene of 1992’s “Alien 3.”
The prospective film would mark Weaver’s fifth in the “Alien” franchise and the first since 1997’s “Alien: Resurrection.”
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” Weaver said, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Nothing is set in stone, and Weaver said the parties involved have other projects on the docket to complete.
“I am hoping when we finish those jobs we will circle back and start to do it,” she said at Comic-Con.
Another issue, according to EW, is the need to wait for Ridley Scott to finish “Alien: Covenant,” a prequel to the original 1979 “Alien” film that is also a sequel to his 2012 film “Prometheus.”
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