Why Aliens was Sigourney Weaver’s favorite film in the franchise
Sigourney Weaver has named Aliens as the most satisfying film in the popular science fiction series that portrays its icon, Ellen Ripley. Weaver first appeared as Ripley in Ridley Scott’s original Alien film in 1979. She later repeated the role for James Cameron’s Aliens in 1986, David Fincher’s Alien 3 in 1992, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection in 1997.
In a new interview with Collider, she talks about her involvement in the franchise Sigourney Weaver had to say when asked directly which alien movie was her favorite.
“Oh my gosh, that’s difficult. The best constructed story for the character was in Aliens, just because Jim [Cameron] has such an amazing sense of the structure of the story. To wake this character out of hypersleep, don’t let anyone believe her, let her be banished to this limbo land where no one believes she and her family are dead. “” All the preparation for Ripley in Aliens and then what it ends up doing and what it is to find this new family in the end. The whole structure of this story was gold to me. I always had the feeling that I could jump up and down on it. It was a great, supportive arch for the character. With that in mind, the second is probably the most satisfying for Ripley. ”
Directed by James Cameron, Aliens also starred Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Ricco Ross, Carrie Henn and Al Matthews. Many reviewers would agree that Aliens is at the top of the franchise, if not the best rate. At the time of its release, it was one of the top grossing films of the year. It also received widespread critical acclaim and earned Weaver a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards for her amazing performance in the film.
While Weaver was fit as Ripley for a parody sketch on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, it seems unlikely we’ll see her again in the role for another alien movie. There was no shortage of attempts, as Weaver had expressed interest in repeating the role for a new Alien film by Neill Blomkamp a few years ago. For some reason the project died in development hell, leaving poor Ripley in purgatory. Ridley Scott is reportedly developing another alien movie, but there is currently no indication that Weaver will be involved.
The judging panel doesn’t include Ellen Ripley, but it looks like Weaver is repeating another popular science fiction role from her past. In the same Collider interview, the actress revealed that a sequel to Galaxy Quest was also being planned. Though the late Alan Rickman couldn’t return, Weaver believes the rest of the cast would “love to attend because it was a wonderful experience” making the original film. Weaver also says that “there can be good news on this front” in terms of the series’ successful revival at a later date.
You can read the full interview with Weaver over at Collider.
Topics: Aliens, Alien