Sigourney Weaver Back For Avatar 2, Despite Being Dead + Updates On Ghostbusters 319.09.11 # Sequel # 2 Comments
Sean Connery managed it, the energy of a slain immortal restoring him to life. Chow Yun-fat did it too, via the rather more traditional route of coming back as his own twin brother. And even Sigourney Weaver herself has previously risen from the celluloid graveyard, as a judicious spot of cloning put her Ellen Ripley back in the black. So with screen death clearly such a trifle, hardly a surprise that Weaver has confirmed her attachment to the Avatar sequels.
Yes, that’s right. Weaver’s Dr. Grace Augustine, conclusively slain in James Cameron’s box office-busting behemoth, is apparently returning in the pair of fresh Pandora-set adventures that the director and his backers at 20th Century Fox are planning to unleash on the public during the Christmas seasons of 2014 and 2015. So that nonsense with the tree was all a big waste of time, then? Like, thanks, ever-angry director-dude.
Here is what Weaver has to say about Dr. Grace’s comeback:
Don’t worry, I will be back. Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction. He’s told me the stories for the next two movies and I have to say that they’re absolutely wonderful and there’s a real treat in store. Now we just have to make them.
Current speculation pegs the Avatar follow-ups as shooting back-to-back, most likely sometime next year, ahead of the epic stints in post-production that will be needed to add all that blue-hued razzle dazzle to the lensed frames (shooting on the first film was concluded roughly two years ahead of the movie’s release date). Along with Weaver, stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will be back too. Just nobody mention Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions.
Also hovering somewhat further ahead on the Weaver to-do list is Ghostbusters 3, the seemingly forever-in-the-stalling second sequel to the comedy-action classic to top them all. To date, the project has been largely presented as a battle of wills between desperate Dan Aykroyd and curmudgeonly Bill Murray, with the former keen as mustard to get the flick into production and the latter resistant to any and all attempts to do just that. Weaver, it would seem though, is perfectly happy if the movie does finally get the go-ahead:
I’ve yet to read the script. I’ve had a couple of calls and I know they’re rewriting and all I said was that I hope my son, Oscar [an infant in 1989's Ghostbusters II], has grown up to be a Ghostbuster and [director] Ivan Reitman said yes. Beyond that, I have no idea. I hope it comes together, but we already did two wonderful films and, if we have to let this one go, that’s fine.
Apparently Weaver is not alone in not having not read the new script, penned by The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, with Murray also admitting that he has declined to give it even a cursory peruse. This reluctance might be attributed to the flopping of Year One, directed by third original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis and written by Eisenberg and Stupnitsky (friends of Murray reputedly told him that said prehistoric comedy was “one of the worst things they had ever seen in their lives”), and also the actor’s general disdain for the project as a whole, which he has previously referred to as his personal “nightmare”.
For his part, Aykroyd has recently been reported as suggesting that Ghostbusters 3 will proceed whether Murray is involved or not, although the indications are that Sony still views a return for Peter Venkman as pivotal to the proposed second sequel proceeding.
Source: Coming Soon