Game over man, game over! Well not exactly. Exciting news for Aliens fans across the galaxy or at least those attending the upcoming San Diego Comic Con. It’s been 30 years since James Cameron’s iconic sequel to the 1979 sleeper hit, and to celebrate, Hall “H” will be hosting a panel to commemorate the film on Saturday July 23rd. The retrospective will include a Q & A with Cameron and deep space’s toughest heroine Sigourney Weaver, along with Producer Gale Anne Hurd and fan faves Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn and Carrie “Newt” Henn in the 6500 seat main room. We haven’t confirmed whether any Xenomorphs will make the trip or not.
Writer/Director James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller is as popular today as when it came out, having helped spawn several more sequels, a prequel, comics and iconic characters and phrases used daily around the globe. When filming started for Aliens, Cameron’s first hit, Terminator, had not yet been released, so the choice to give him the nod puzzled some. After the success of both, Cameron cemented himself as a top notch Director. Interestingly there were doubts the film would even be made, after initial negotiations with Weaver fell through. Cameron deftly gamed both sides and a deal was eventually reached.
The film garnered seven Oscar nominations, winning for best sound effects editing and visual effects. The other nominations were for Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Sound, Film Editing and Original Score. In a recent Entertainment Weekly interview Cameron revealed the nominations were a big reason for being a part of this event.
“I don’t normally pursue these kinds of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there’s something about Aliens. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”
In addition to the SDCC Panel, there is a 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray and Digital HD edition to be released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on September 13th. The pack will feature a new interview with Cameron. You can pre-order a copy at the Fox booth at Comic-Con and the first 250 will include a lithograph of Ripley, Newt and the Alien Queen.
There is also another sequel on the horizon. Sigourney Weaver has confirmed a fifth installment to the Aliens franchise, albeit without Cameron. District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp will helm the new film. Hardcore fans will be excited to hear this film will fall more in line with Alien and Aliens rather than the last two sequels. “It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to [Alien] three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie”, revealed Weaver in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview.