Sigourney Weaver blasts critics of sci-fi genre

Oscar-nominated actress Sigourney Weaver doesn't think sci-fi films "get enough respect", but has predicted attitudes will change in the coming years

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Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver doesn't think sci-fi films "get enough respect".

The 65-year-old actress - who is, perhaps, best known for playing Ellen Ripley in the 'Alien' franchise - has hit out at critics of the genre, but thinks attitude towards such films will change in the coming years.

Weaver, who stars in new movie 'Chappie', said: "It is a genre that I think doesn't get enough respect when you consider how many issues sci-fi brings up that we need to deal with."

Asked why the genre is so often overlooked for Academy Awards, she told Digital Spy: "I think part of it is the Academy is mostly people like me who are over a certain age and they're still probably looking for the more conventional movie.

"I think all that's going to change because some of the work being done in sci-fi is some of the most interesting, provocative work out there."

Meanwhile, Weaver and 'Chappie' director Neill Blomkamp are set to reunite for a new 'Alien' movie.

The director said the film will feel like the "genetic sibling of Aliens", meaning it will disregard 'Alien 3' and 'Alien: Resurrection' and will instead carry on from the James Cameron-directed 'Aliens'.

He explained: "I want this film to feel like it's literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it's Alien, Aliens, and then this movie."

Chappie

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
  • Cast: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver
  • UK release: 6 March 2015

Weapons developer Deon (Patel) reprogrammes the titular police robot into self-awareness, but then the robot's kidnapped (by Yolandi and Ninja of Die Antwoord) as part of an underworld scheme. Yolandi is believable but Ninja is awful, and despite dynamic action sequences the approach to big themes is simplistic and badly…

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