If ever a role defined an actress, then the character of Ellen Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver in Ridley Scott’s 1979 Sci-Fi horror, Alien, would be up there at the top of most people lists.
The role itself was ground-breaking, the first time that a female lead had driven such a film and such was the response to her performance that she returned for James Cameron’s sequel, Aliens, David Fincher’s Alien3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection across the next 18 years.
The end of Resurrection does hint at another sequel, but it has so far not materialised, with the Alien vs Predator films and Prometheus having to (unsuccessfully) tide us over in the meantime. However, speaking at a recent Q&A event, Weaver revealed that she would be up for making a comeback if the opportunity ever arose.
She explained: “There’s more story to tell. 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.”
When asked who she would like to direct, Weaver said that there are “very few filmmakers that I can think of that I would want to entrust this to” but she continued by saying: “I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing it. I haven’t done anything about it, but it could happen, and I think that would be very satisfying, at least to me…”.
Bring on the backing from 20th Century Fox………