Sigourney Weaver, perhaps best known for starring as Ripley in the “Alien” franchise, feels little love for one of the later entries in the series, 2004’s “Alien vs. Predator.”
A fan at the London Film and Comic-Con asked Weaver if it was her choice to have her character, Ripley, killed off in the end of “Alien 3,” to which she replied, “Well, yes, because I heard that Fox was gonna do ‘Alien vs Predator.’ Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies.”
“I’ve nothing against building a movie on a video game but at the time, it was, as [‘Aliens’ director] Jim Cameron said I think publicly, ‘Why would you want to do that?'” the Radio Times reports Weaver said. “It’s like making ‘Alien Meets the Wolfman.'”
Weaver also revealed that it was the crossover film that deterred the franchise’s creator, Ridley Scott, from returning to direct another film. “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,” she said
However, Weaver had nothing but praise for Neill Blomkamp, who is currently developing an “Alien” reboot. “I’m so excited about Neill, because Neill is like you guys,” she told the Comic-Con crowd. “He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much.”
“I love the fact that’s 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,” she said.