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Sigourney Weaver can't wait to get back into space as alien hunter Ellen Ripley

Sigourney Weaver updates film fans on the future of the Alien franchise.

Sigourney Weaver is beginning to get excited about bringing her Alien franchise leading lady back to the big screen.

A new sequel to Ridley Scott's cult 1979 movie has been in the works for years, and now Weaver, who played monster-hunting Ellen Ripley in the original, has an update for fans.

The film is now a go with Elysium director Neill Blomkamp as director, but it won't start shooting until after Scott's Prometheus sequel is released, and he has revisited his Alien franchise with new film Alien: Covenant, which is set to hit theatres in August, 2017.

"Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien until after Prometheus 2," Sigourney says, according to "He (Ridley Scott) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it's (new Alien film) an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it.

"We're doing other things until we can get going on that. I'd be really surprised if we didn't do it, because it's such a great script, and we love working together. So, it's just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it'll be worth the wait."

Ridley Scott, who is also helping to develop another sequel to one of his cult movies, Blade Runner, will be producing Blomkamp's Alien film after directing Covenant.

Last year (15) he said, "It's (Blomkamp's Alien movie) designed to go next after Alien: Covenant. It is more associated with Ripley. It's coming from a completely different angle. It's kind of more of a sequel... I'm coming at it from the back end."

There have been a clutch of Alien films since Scott's original - Aliens was the first sequel in 1986, followed by Alien 3 in 1992, and Alien: Resurrection in 1997. Scott's 2012 film Prometheus was the first Alien prequel.

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