This year marks the 30th anniversary of Aliens and the cast and crew are ready to celebrate. The action-horror sequel went in a different direction than its claustrophobic 1979 predecessor, but delivered greatly as far as continuing the journey of Ellen Ripley and her intense encounters with hostile Xenomorphs. While talk of a sequel that serves a direct follow-up to this film still persists and Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is currently in production, it really hasn’t ever been game over for this James Cameron blockbuster.
Fortunately for fans, Cameron has not forgotten about this film either. While the director is currently busy working on four Avatar sequels, plans have now been confirmed that he will be in Hall H during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. And that’s not all – he’s bringing Sigourney Weaver and many members of the original cast with him.
EW has revealed plans of an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23 at SDCC. Both Cameron and Weaver will participate in a Q&A in the 6,500-seat Hall H, along with producer Gale Anne Hurd, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Newt herself, Carrie Henn. Additionally, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced a new Aliens 30th anniversary Blu-ray and Digital HD, which will arrive in stores on Sept. 13. This home release will feature a new interview with Cameron along with collectible art cards featuring concept sketches by Cameron and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics Aliens series. Pre-orders can be made at Fox’s Comic-Con booth, where the first 250 will receive an exclusive lithograph image of Ripley facing off against the Alien Queen.
Aliens originally opened on July 18, 1986, and was met with wide acclaim both in terms of box office and critical reception. It would go on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards, including a best actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver (a rarity, given the genre), and win two for visual effects and sound effects editing. The film has also held onto its legacy for the characters, such as Paxton’s Private Hudson, and the further development of the Xenomorphs, including the introduction of the alien queen. Many fans still debate whether Aliens or Alien is the better of the two films, but after the recently celebrated Alien Day, it is great to know how both films are getting due justice.
It’s also great to see Cameron taking the time to honor his film. While the man is not one to always move on from his previous films, it has been frustrating to not see him provide due justice to certain ones such as The Abyss or True Lies, which still has no Blu-ray release. Aliens always seems like one closer to his heart, as he made the film after The Terminator, and learned a lot from the experience (he fired his original DP during production and began cementing his fiery on-set reputation). Of course, that passion has gone on to make Cameron one of the most successful filmmakers ever.
There’s also the matter of seeing this great cast back together again. Weaver will certainly have plenty to say, but fans will likely want Paxton to spout many of his most-quoted lines and hear from cult favorite actors Henriksen and Biehn as well. And what are the chances Reiser gets booed whenever he’s addressed? His slimy character from the film certainly ranks high when it comes to corporate villains.
This Aliens reunion takes place on Saturday, July 23 at SDCC.