James Cameron and the alien queen
You gotta admit, Ridley Scott and James Cameron look kinda alike from afar.
And they’re both prominent sci-fi directors involved in the Alien franchise; it’s easy to swap their names!
Concept art for James Cameron’s alien queen
Aliens, behind the scenes
Sigourney Weaver with Alien movie directors Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Taken from Empire Magazine (Bauer Consumer Media/2009).
James Cameron’s letter to H.R. Giger’s agent, explaining why Giger was not asked to collaborate on Aliens.
I think it’s a nicely-worded and complementary letter, and I can see Cameron’s point of view.
During an interview to promote the Avatar theatrical re-release, director James Cameron also mentioned his recent complete remastering of Aliens (included in the Alien Anthology scheduled for Blu-ray release on October 26), working with the same colorist with whom he had worked on Avatar… Cameron said he had completely removed all noise and grain from the extended version of the film.
The filmmaker said: “It’s spectacular. We went in and completely de-noised it, de-grained it, up-rezzed, color-corrected every frame, and it looks amazing. It looks better that it looked in the theaters originally. Because it was shot on a high-speed negative that was a new negative that didn’t pan out too well and got replaced the following year. So it’s pretty grainy. We got rid of all the grain. It’s sharper and clearer and more beautiful than it’s ever looked. And we did that to the long version, to the ‘director’s cut’ or the extended play.”
Bill Paxton and James Cameron behind the scenes on Aliens