Sigourney Weaver: ‘The idea of ‘Alien vs Predator’ really depressed me’

Ripley actress admits she was less than impressed by the idea of a crossover movie

Sigourney Weaver has admitted that she was less than impressed by the idea of sci-fi crossover movie Alien vs Predator.

The actress, famous for playing Ellen Ripley in 1979’s Alien and its three sequels, recalled that she first heard about the idea of a mash-up film before Alien 3 came out in 1992, “which really depressed me because I was very proud of the [first two Alien] movies”.

She then added: “I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as Jim Cameron [director of 1986’s Aliens] said, I think publically, ‘Why would you want to do that?’ It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman.”


Speaking at London Film and Comic-Con yesterday (July 20), the Radio Times reports, Weaver also claimed that the idea of an Alien vs Predator crossover movie deterred Ridley Scott, director of the original 1979 Alien film, from returning to make the third instalment. “In fact Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, and he dropped out because he also wanted to do an Alien sequel,” Weaver said.

Weaver then returned as Ripley in 1992’s Alien 3 and 1997’s Alien Resurrection, neither of which was directed by Scott. Alien vs Predator eventually came out in 2004, followed by a sequel titled Aliens vs Predator: Requiem in 2007.

Neill Blomkamp – director of Elysium and District 9 – confirmed earlier this year that he has been hired to make a new Alien film. At present, Weaver has yet to sign up to revive her iconic role, but the actress spoke positively about Alien 5 in London yesterday, telling the Comic-Con crowd: “I’m so excited about Neill – because Neill is like you guys! He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much. I love the fact that Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see.”