In recent news reports, Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that there will be a third Ghostbusters movie that will reunite the actors who played the ghost-busting team of heroes in the runaway 1984 blockbuster hit and 1989’s Ghostbusters II – Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
However, it is unclear if Sigourney Weaver, who played a strong supporting role in both movies as Dana Barrett, love interest of Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman, will return.
The subject of Ghostbusters was brought up recently when Weaver was promoting her latest project, the Lifetime telefilm Prayers for Bobby, in mid-January.
“I don’t know about Ghostbusters. I hope that if they do another one, they’ll put Oscar – my son – in it,” said Weaver.
Oscar was Dana’s infant son, whom she was raising alone (Venkman is not the father), in Ghostbusters II. Oscar is victimized by Dr. Janosz Poha (Peter MacNichol before his Ally McBeal and 24 days) and later saved by the Ghostbusters.
Weaver is no stranger to science-fiction. Her most famous role is that of Ellen Ripley from the four Aliens film, especially 1986’s Aliens – arguably the most notable of the four – which is directed by James Cameron (The Terminator, Titanic). Not only did Ripley earn Weaver an Oscar nomination for Best Actress – which is a rare for a science-fiction role – but also challenged gender stereotypes in the movies as Ripley was the first female action hero.
“I think I had the great privilege of just playing a woman who is doing a good job in a traditional man’s role. I think that what we did is we made a movie just when women were entering a lot of different fields that had been traditionally been men’s fields,” said Weaver. “I thought that Ripley was very representative of that effort – women on the police-force, women in construction, and all these other areas. I felt very representative of that more as a feminist. I can understand why people have felt that this was a role that crosses out beyond stereotypes.”
Weaver confessed she can relate more to her Galaxy Quest role of actress Gwen DeMarco who played Lt. Tawny Madison on the show within the movie than Ripley.“For me, I’ve got to play someone much closer to myself in a science-fiction situation, who was Tawny,” she said, laugh. “I think in the beginning, people probably thought of me as Lt. Ripley… I’m very grateful to the Aliens films. They certainly made me well-known around the world, but I don’t think at this point it’s just one of many roles I’ve had.”
She’ll be reuniting with Cameron, her Aliens director, for Avatar, a science-fiction film, which will be released this Christmas.
“I love science-fiction. I think when things are tough in the world, it’s a great adventure to go into space. I’m delighted to work with James Cameron again. Our movie, Avatar, is coming out this next Christmas, where I play a very powerful, funny, smart woman scientist. I love science-fiction and I love working with Jim again, but I’m more interested in going forward and doing things I haven’t done, then going back and doing something that I’ve been before.”