We won't see Sigourney Weaver's intrepid Ellen Ripley making an appearance in Ridley Scott's Alien-inspired epic Prometheus, but she does seem to have close ties to the production. And why shouldn't she? After all, according to her, Prometheus was all her idea to begin with.
This revelation comes in a new profile on Weaver from The Independent. Because the Alien franchise played such a major part in her career, it merits a lot of discussion in the piece. Weaver even got around to talking about her clashes with Twentieth Century Fox over a potential fifth film in the franchise.
"Fox and I disagreed on how the franchise should continue," she said. "But I'm glad it's Ridley doing it, and I'll be as curious as anyone, or maybe more curious, to see it. I think he took my suggestion. Fox wanted to go to Earth, and I said: 'That's so boring. Who wants to see aliens on earth?' I said, 'Go back to the planet'."
Her idea to go back to the planet would have apparently been part of a fifth Alien flick featuring Ripley, but that movie never got made. Now that Prometheus is on the way, and Scott and screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts seem to have taken up Weaver's "back to the planet" idea, she gets to have one last contribution to the franchise that made her a star.
Or does she? Scott and Weaver have been friends for decades now, so it's entirely possible that he took her input to heart and ran with it for his new movie. But isn't it also entirely possible that Scott and his writers cooked up this idea themselves? Either way, it doesn't sound like Weaver is fighting for a piece of the spotlight here. It sounds more like she's speaking from a love for the franchise and a sincere desire to see it do well.
But hey, maybe we'll see her name in the credits under "Story By."