Starlog Archives: Sigourney Weaver Returns

Aliens was released seven years after Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi classic.  Sigourney Weaver reprised her role in James Cameron’s sequel.  Starlog devoted the cover story of its August issue in 1986 to talking with Weaver about returning to space and what it was like making Ghostbusters.


Posted on August 3, 2016, in Movies, Starlog Archives and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great interview–an interesting discussion with Sigourney Weaver covering several of her early film roles. And she certainly was right about a sequel to Aliens not being a great idea–but not about the chances of it being made, sadly.

    And one of the other items on the cover looks intriguing–“Is Star Wars Fandom Dead?”


    • I was very intrigued by that cover blurb as well. It turns out, there wasn’t much to it. In 1986, obviously the movies were done and the future of Star Wars was uncertain. What Starlog addressed was the continued existence of the Star Wars Fan Club. There was talk of shutting it down, but I don’t think anything came of it. Still, it says a lot about the waning popularity of Star Wars in the mid-to-late 80’s.


      • And then Timothy Zahn happened.


        • That was a big part of it. Prior to those books, there was a sense that Star Wars was over. It was pretty uncommon to even find merchandise in the early 90’s. I remember finding a series of Star Wars puzzles at a Hallmark store and snatching them up because you just didn’t see that stuff very often. Now Hallmark has a whole Star Wars section. So does the toy store. There’s Star Wars soup, cereal and toys at the grocery store. But 25 years ago, things were different.


  2. “Star Wars” fandom will never die; it’s one of those deals that will be around for ages. At this point, it a national media institution. I do agree though, that back when this article was published, the phenomenon looked on the wane.


    • A part of me wishes it would. But these days, nothing ever dies. We just had an attempt to reboot Independence Day – a movie even its fans eventually realized wasn’t as good as they used to think it was – 20 years after the fact and without its biggest star!


      • Yeah, some franchises need to give it a break for a while to get a chance to miss them (like Chicago once sang, “Everybody needs a little time away”) and I feel some of these reboots are absurd. It looks like nothing with stem the flow of this strategy though.


  3. Aliens is an all-time classic and yet when I saw this issue posted the very first thing I wanted to talk about is that infamous “Is Star Wars fandom dead?” cover blurb. I bought this issue when it first came out – I still have it in my collection – and I’ll always remember that cover.

    Star Wars remained in the public consciousness for a good while after Return of the Jedi’s release in 1983 – for the next couple years there were still toys and comics and novels and posters and Ewok-made-for-tv-movies…. and who could ever forget C-3PO cereal? And Star Wars remained a perennial go-to for Starlog articles for another year or two. I think Starlog were still doing their seemingly never-ending series of Making Of Jedi articles well into 1984 or even early 1985.

    But with no new movies on the horizon, interest seemed to just gradually peter out. After selling 750 Million SW action figures, Kenner released their last toys in late ’85; Marvel quietly cancelled the Star Wars comic book after 107 issues in ’86 (which back in 1978 was THE biggest selling Marvel title of the year!), and shortly thereafter even the official Fan Club ended. By summer of ’86 when Starlog published this issue and asked the question “Is Star Wars fandom dead?”, at the time it was a very valid question. The truth is, yeah, it was.

    Those “dark years” of 1986 to 1991 were kind of interesting in a way. Nobody talked about Star Wars anymore. The world had seemed to have moved on to the next thing. During that time I got my first job, was hanging out with friends and seeing a bit more of the world. And yet even if nobody else was talking about Star Wars anymore, it still mattered to me. I had the original trilogy all on VHS and a couple times a year I would have my own private Trilogy viewings – Star Wars, Empire and Jedi all in one sitting. And I still loved those movies, maybe even a little bit more than I had before. As I got older I appreciated Luke’s journey more, and how he never gave up faith on his father even when everyone else had. There’s a great story of familial love and redemption that unfolds when you watch the original trilogy in one sitting that you don’t quite get watching them individually.

    In a way those films became a little more personal to me in those years than they were when everybody in the world was talking about them and lined up around the block to see them, if that makes sense. I’m kind of glad Star Wars died off for awhile back then. Since Star Wars returned in 1991 it has never went away, and with Disney at the helm now and with countless films to come I doubt we will ever see a quiet period in Star Wars again like the ’86 to 91 era.


    • Over the weekend, I’m going to run the Bulletin so you guys can read it for yourselves. There’s not really much to it, but it’s interesting to read all these years later. I also included the letters from readers responding to the article. For those who are interested. check back Sunday morning.


  4. Sigourney Weaver

    Why doesn’t she get more work?

    She’s always been the coolest of all of the now “old hag” actresses.

    Yes, M & G, I’m looking at both of you, and Susan Sarandon, too (but she’s too busy being political these days).

    —Anonymous (1644 views)

    136 replies 53 Last Monday at 2:35 PM


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