The Ripley character was originally written to be a male in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi masterpiece "Alien," but Sigourney Weaver stepped in and created perhaps the strongest female character ever on-screen. She was nominated for an Academy Award for reprising her Ripley role in James Cameron's "Aliens" and then said sayonara to Ripley in "Alien3" only to be brought back to life in "Alien: Resurrection."
Fast forward to 2011 and we find that Weaver has moved on to other big projects, including a key role in the highest-grossing film of all time, "Avatar," while Scott has returned to the "Alien" universe and is busy filming a quasi-prequel called "Prometheus." Since the events in "Prometheus" take place before "Alien," the character Ripley is not involved, but that doesn't mean that Weaver wouldn't welcome the opportunity to make some aliens bleed acid one final time.
"I could definitely kick that alien's ass again," Weaver told Moviefone. When asked if she thinks audiences will ever see Ripley again on-screen, Weaver replied, "I doubt it just because the way the industry is. While I can't speak for them, I think for Fox, once you're 60, you're not going to be starring in an action movie. I think it's too bad that that's the case. I would have liked to do one last story where we go back to the planet, where Ripley's history is resolved. But I do feel like her story is unfinished.
"I love the way the story has evolved, that every few years there's another voyage into that universe with another wonderful young director. And certainly I'm blessed with lots of different wonderful jobs, so I'm not sitting at home ruminating about all of that. If I was really caught up in it, I would find a logical story and try to get them behind it, but she may just be left circling earth."
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Whether or not Weaver plays Ripley again on-screen, it seems that the kick-ass sci-fi heroine has affected Weaver's life offscreen as well. "I feel like she's still very relevant," Weaver told Movies.com. "She's an ordinary person who is thrust into extraordinary circumstances and had to come through. I think that a lot of us in extraordinary circumstances today are being very heroic. Not me particularly, but single mothers and others. I feel like there is a lot of Ripley in a lot of ordinary people. She comes up for me, and I kind of miss her company."