Sigourney Weaver on Avatar Sequels, Alien 5, and The Defenders

sigourney-weaverBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Sigourney Weaver has had a wide ranging career. From battling Xenomorphs in the Alien franchise, to turning into a dog in Ghostbusters, she’s been a bit of a go to for genre films and that hasn’t stopped.

Back in 2009, she co-starred in James Cameron’s 3D smash hit Avatar. While the sequels have been slowly making their way to the big screen, in a recent interview with Variety, Weaver revealed that she has read the three screenplays of the upcoming films. Here’s what she said:

“In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He [James Cameron] did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”

Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, worldwide (not adjusting for inflation), but I’m still somewhat pessimistic it can recapture the magic of the first film, since it hasn’t really caught on at the pop-cultural level. Then again, I didn’t see what the fuss was about with the first film, and Cameron somehow hyped that movie to new heights for a good four years before it even opened.

Of course, Avatar wasn’t the first movie Weaver and Cameron worked together on, as that honor goes to 1986’s Aliens. Along with the Xenomorphs, Weaver’s character Ripley has been a huge mainstay of that franchise, and it was announced that she was working with Neill Blomkamp to return to the property with Alien 5. Unfortunately, that project was put on hiatus as Ridley Scott continued with his Prometheus sequel Alien Covenant, but Weaver hopes that she’ll get a chance to make that film saying:

“I hope that Neill Blomkamp and I will eventually get back to it. He’s written such a wonderful script. I look forward to finishing Ripley’s story.”

That’s an interesting statement to make. It seems that Blomkamp’s screenplay is meant as an ending for Ripley, who has already had one with Alien 3. Scuttlebutt has it that this film will ignore Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, which I have no problem with, as the only films weaker than those were the awful Alien vs. Predator series.

Weaver is also coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the main villain in The Defenders. When asked about what she could reveal about her part, all she would say is:

“I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge.”

No one really knows who Sigourney Weaver is playing in the series, but my money is on Mephisto. This is the kind of casting that could easily crossover onto the big screen.

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