Last weekend at L.A.'s 'Hero Complex' film festival, she imparted these sentiments, saying that "there is more story to tell. I feel a longing from fans for the story to be finished...I could imagine a situation where we finish telling the story.”
This would be a curious addition to the 'Alien' mythos, since the series is currently in prequel mode with the 'Prometheus' films, which take place years before her character was even born. In many ways, the film series was forced into a Ripley-free scenario because 'Alien 3' killed her off, and the idea of a Ripley' clone in 'Resurrection' was ultimately unsatisfying.
What is truly confounding, is the recent statement by 'Aliens' director James Cameron, who said that he had been in talks with 'Alien' and 'Prometheus' director Ridley Scott in doing a fifth installment together, but 20th Century Fox froze them out in exchange for the sub-par 'Alien vs. Predator' series, which while frustrating in retrospect, is just another in a long line of bad decisions for the 'Alien' series.
As for how her character would continue, Weaver wasn't keen on doing a direct sequel to 'Resurrection', where the crew were heading to Earth, saying that she couldn't see aliens “popping out of a haystack” in the “French countryside.”
We know that Fox's next 'Alien' themed film will be the 'Prometheus' sequel. which hints to be much more horror driven, and less flaky than the pretty, but ultimately illogical, original. But there is still a vocal fan-base who would love to see Ripley continue the role.
But Weaver's increasing control over the franchise has made her part of the bad decision making process. She had wanted her character to die in the third film, which irritated many like myself. Even more so given they also killed off the rest of the surviving cast of 'Aliens.'
So, allow me to espouse my geekiness in how a new 'Alien' film could continue with Ripley (I'll write the screenplay if I have to!). Just have her wakeup in a hospital bed. Have a doctor explain that she was discovered in suspended animation aboard the Sulaco, the ship that she, Newt, Hicks, and Bishop sailed towards Earth in 'Aliens.' As far as her memories of the past two films? Simply chalk them up to really vivid nightmares. Nightmares are just as illogical as the plots of the those films, so go with me on this one.
But say that the hypersleep systems started gradually failing as it grew closer to Earth, accelerating her age (and explaining why she'd advanced so far in years in-between films). This would also bring back Michael Biehn. and Newt could be recast by an older, in-demand Hollywood actress. Make her the central heroine and Ripley and Hicks supporting characters. And yes, land on Earth. As far as how Aliens made landfall on our planet? Perhaps a stowaway, or through another source.
Let's just find a way to wash the bad tastes out of our mouths from all the misguided follow-ups. Anyways, that's my take on it. How would you like to see Ripley return in an 'Alien' sequel? Tell us in the comments.