Sigourney Weaver has hinted that she is open to reviving her iconic character Ellen Ripley for a fifth Alien film.
Earlier this year (2015), Elysium director Neill Blomkamp shared a series of concept art images for a new Alien film on his Instagram page. Blomkamp has since admitted that his concept art is “completely unsanctioned” by 20th Century Fox, the makers of the Alien films, and said that he started working on ideas for Alien 5 “basically for fun”.
However, Blomkamp also revealed that his ideas for Alien 5 were fuelled by conversations with Weaver on the set of his latest film Chappie, set for release next month (March), in which the actress has a supporting role. Blomkamp added: “I have a pretty cool film just in case it happens.”
Asked whether she is interested in making a new Alien film by ComingSoon.net, Weaver replied: “We just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move onto other things and I didn’t want to go to Earth. I didn’t want to manufacture a sequel and I felt like we were starting to do that. If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it.”
“If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen,” Weaver confirmed.
Weaver first played Ripley in 1979’s sci-fi classic Alien before reprising the role in 1986’s Aliens, a performance which earned her an Oscar nomination, and again in 1992’s Alien 3 and 1997’s Alien Resurrection. She also provided the voice of Ripley in the video game Alien: Isolation, which was released last year (2014).