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Thirty years ago, James Cameron’s Aliens hit theaters, meaning it has been three decades since audiences first heard Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley famously scream at the Alien Queen: “Get away from her, you bitch!”
At the Aliens 30th anniversary panel that took place Saturday in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, the discussion eventually drifted toward Ripley’s return to the big screen. During a Q&A portion of the panel, an audience member asked Weaver about the reported Ripley-fronted Aliens project from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp.
Blomkamp and Weaver worked together on 2015’s AI film Chappie, where the actress and director talked about Ripley’s possible cinematic future. “We started chatting about how the series left Ripley. That whole first day on set we just started talking about it,” explained Weaver of the project’s inception.
She added: “[Blomkamp] was a fan who grew up in South Africa and loved the movies so much that he broke the tapes.”
The actress explained her preoccupations about returning to the big screen in the role of Ripley, saying, “I had never wanted to do a fifth [movie]. I didn’t want to go to Earth because I thought Earth was boring.”
After Chappie wrapped filming, Blomkamp got to work on the possible Aliens installment. “Four months later I got a script that was so amazing and gives the fans everything they are looking for, plus innovates in a lot of ways,“ said Weaver.
The film was announced by Fox after the director shared concept artwork on social media. But it appears the project has since been put on the back burner by the studio until Alien director Ridley Scott completes his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.
“He has work to do, and I have work to do,” Weaver said of Blomkamp and her own busy schedule. The director has written a sequel to District 9, titled District 10, while the actress is set to appear in Cameron’s next three Avatar movies.
But Weaver left the Hall H audience hopeful for the future of the Aliens project, saying, “I am hoping when we finish those jobs we will circle back and start to do it.”
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