Sigourney Weaver: Will ‘Avatar’ sequels pave way for new ‘Alien’ film?

June 10, 2014 | 3:17 p.m.
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Sigourney Weaver takes questions from fans and talks about the lasting significance of the "Alien" franchise at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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Sigourney Weaver discusses the making of "Alien" with moderator Gina McIntyre at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angles Times)

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Sigourney Weaver poses for photos at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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Sigourney Weaver at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Could Sigourney Weaver be preparing to revisit one of her most iconic characters? The answer appears to be yes.

News broke this week that the actress would return to the world of Pandora for James Cameron’s upcoming sequels to “Avatar,” but speaking at the Hero Complex Film Festival earlier this month, Weaver also pointed out her willingness to play Ellen Ripley, the heroine at the heart of the “Alien” franchise, one final time.

“I do feel that there’s more story to tell,” Weaver said.

Weaver’s appearance capped off the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and Cameron’s 1986 sequel “Aliens.” (Cameron was a guest of honor at the festival on Saturday, on hand for a Q&A of his own between screenings of “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”)

Weaver reminisced about her time as Ripley in the “Alien” movies, and went on to speculate what shape a possible fifth film could take. The actress earned laughs when she said she didn’t think a new “Alien” sequel could take place on Earth, with the Alien “popping out of a haystack” somewhere in the “French countryside.”

Watch the clip above to hear what else Weaver had to say about her iconic role and look for more video from the festival soon.

– Justin Sullivan  | @LATHeroComplex

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