There are only a few sequels that either rival or surpass their original film. Of course, you have Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Godfather II, and The Dark Knight. However, the one that really stands out (and stands the test of time) is James Cameron’s Aliens. The sequel to the space horror film Alien had the right amount of horror, action, and heart. The film upped the ante of its predecessor and managed to be a one of a kind blockbuster. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the original came out in 1986. Audiences still can’t get enough of this film, and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
It has been confirmed that the original cast of the film will reunite this year at Hall H of Comic-Con. In addition to director Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, the bands getting back together! Included in the panel will be Bill Paxton, Gale Anne Hurd, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, and Carrie Henn (now all grown up). No word if Weaver will be discussing the much rumored and anticipated Neill Blomkamp direct sequel to Aliens, which hopes to remove Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from canon and our collective memory.
Cameron although busy with up to four sequels for his Avatar franchise, still is very fond of Aliens, as he feels it’s the film that really put him on the map.
“You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind 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.”
Weaver recently attended a screening and Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse where she and fans got to relive the magic.
“One of my great moments in … life, frankly, was by the time we got to that line, the whole audience yelled it with Ripley,”
We all know what line she’s talking about!
Twentieth Century Fox will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and Digital release of the film this fall. The first 250 fans who pre-order at Comic-Con will get a lithograph image of Ripley fighting the Alien Queen. The Blue Ray will include the original theatrical edition as well as the special edition of the film, commentary tracks, and deleted/extended scenes. Also included in the box set will be collectible art cards as well as concept art sketches by director Cameron.
Source: Entertainment Weekly