Sigourney Weaver Talks Ghostbusters 3, Avatar 2, and the Alien Prequel
10.18.10 by Ryan
Sigourney Weaver has a varied career, starring in sci-fi franchises like Alien and Avatar and comedy franchises like Ghostbusters. All three franchises are continuing with either sequels or prequels in the works.
The validity of Ghostbusters 3, however, has been called into question of late, with Bill Murray calling talk of the sequel "a bunch of crock" and criticizing the potential script from The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Fellow Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd countered, explaining that the writers "wrote Bill the comic role of a lifetime." Throughout this, Weaver has remained an advocate of the sequel, and recently told ShockTillYouDrop that she has been contacted by franchise director Ivan Reitman about participating in the sequel.
Yes, I got a call from Ivan Reitman. I think everyone who's involved would love to get together again. I think everyone's working on really trying to create a wonderful original story. I just said, "That would be fun and please make sure my little son Oscar grows up to be a Ghostbuster." And he said, "Absolutely." Then I think he directed this other film and is busy editing it, so it kind of got put on hold. But I would be surprised if we didn't do it.
Weaver re-teamed with her Aliens director James Cameron for Avatar, and Weaver gave a surprising answer when asked if Cameron had approached her about appearing in Avatar 2.
He has a little bit, but I'm not at liberty to tell anything. He just said, "You know, in science fiction, death is not really death." So we'll see.
Weaver likely won't reunite with Alien director Ridley Scott for his Alien Prequel, but admitted that reprising her character of Ripley would be "interesting."
You know, it would be interesting for me to go back now and revisit the character, an older Ripley. But I can't really see how to do that. I think it's probably a better idea to do the prequel and start fresh with only whatever the Alien community might be. In terms of the character, it would be awesome to be able to play a woman like Ripley at my age. I certainly think the audience would be fine with it. To show how capable an older person is in something difficult, in a situation that's difficult.
While talking to the LA Times, Weaver said she was "excited" to see the prequel, even if she wouldn't appear in it.
What we have with Alien are so many of these exciting elements but they need to be reinvigorated in a very original way. Otherwise why bother? I wish Ridley all the best with it. If they go where all these eggs come from, that’s a very big story to tell and one I know I want to see.
Twentieth Century Fox seems excited about the Alien Prequel too, especially after screenwriter Damon Lindelof recently turned in a rewrite. Scott has said that the prequel will take place about 30 years before Weaver's initial encounter, and explore the "space jockey" alien that Weaver and her crew discovered in Scott's original movie.