Sigourney Weaver reveals Ridley Scott dropped out of Alien 3 because of Alien vs Predator

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Sep 6, 2018, 4:39 PM EDT (Updated)

Actress Sigourney Weaver, who played Ellen Ripley -- one of the most iconic, kickass sci-fi characters of all time -- in four Alien flicks, says not only that Alien vs. Predator (2004) killed the character of Ripley, but that it also prevented original Alien director Ridley Scott from helming another Alien movie.

When she was asked at London Film and Comic-Con that took place over the weekend if it was her decision to have Ripley killed off in Alien 3, Weaver said: "Well, yes – because I heard that Fox was gonna do Alien vs. Predator. Which really depressed me because I was very proud of the movies."

"I’ve nothing against building a movie on a videogame, but at the time it was, as [Aliens director] Jim Cameron said, I think publicly, 'Why would you want to do that?'" Weaver recalled. "It’s like making Alien meets the Wolfman."

Not only did Sigourney Weaver hate the movie, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, that pitted the Xenomorph aliens created by the late H. R. Giger against the bounty-hunting Predators from Predator (1987) in a less-than-epic crossover, but she also claims that the movie (which was already in development in 1991 -- and yep, it took 13 years to bing AvP to the big screen) stopped Ridley Scott from making another Alien flick.

"In fact, Ridley Scott was about to direct a third one, until this was announced, and he dropped out," she said, "because he also wanted to do an Alien sequel."

The Alien 3 directing gig went to David Fincher instead, with a fourth movie, Alien: Resurrection, being helmed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Ridley Scott only returned to the world he created in 1979 with Prometheus, the 2012 Alien movie prequel. "I think it caused more problems than it was worth," Weaver added.

Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley in Neill Blomkamp’s new Alien movie (although her involvement in the movie has not been officially confirmed). She said to the Comic-Con crowd:

"I’m so excited about Neill – because Neill is like you guys! He broke the tapes of these movies when he was a kid, he watched them so much."

"I love the fact that’s Neill’s fulfilling his childhood dream of what he hopes will be the popcorn movie, the Alien popcorn movie that he wanted as a kid to see."

(via Radio Times)