Speaking to theguardian.com, actress Sigourney Weaver has indicated her interest in continuing the story of Ripley, the astronaut who battled the nightmarish Alien across four films instalments.
In a Q&A about the movies at the Hero Complex Film Festival, she said: “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.”
Weaver added that she was initially wary of the story, when first approached to play the embattled heroine in the first film, which was directed by Ridley Scott in 1979. “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.” She added that she was convinced after seeing the “uniquely disturbing” designs of the alien by HR Giger, the Swiss artist who died in May.
“People have a connection with Ripley,” Weaver continued “because of her moral compass and because somehow she’s so consistent. She can’t help but want to preserve humanity … I think that’s something that just reaches out to people. That she’s someone you could count on when you’re in a jam. She has some sort of steel thread running through her that’s not going to give up that I find, as an audience member, very interesting.”