San Diego Comic Con is throwing quite the party for Aliens' 30th anniversary.
This year's edition of the pop culture extravaganza will convene an impressive reunion panel that's set to include director James Cameron, star Sigourney Weaver, producer Gale Ann Hurd and cast members Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn, according to EW. While Weaver and a number of her co-stars reunited last month at Texas' Comicpalooza, it's the first Q&A for the film's 30th birthday that Cameron is scheduled to take part in.
“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,” Cameron told EW. “It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations. …All of a sudden, we were playing in the big league. So looking at it retrospectively, you know, [Gale] and I both feel that was more of our graduation, or breakthrough, than Terminator – even though Terminator“s the film that put us on the map.”
In addition to his participation in the panel discussion, an all-new interview with Cameron about the making of Aliens will be featured on a special 30th anniversary Blu-ray and Digital HD edition of the film that's set to drop on September 13. Pre-orders for the set will be taken at Fox's Comic Con booth, with the first 250 lucky customers to receive “a lithograph image of Ripley locked in mortal combat with the Alien Queen.”
Aliens premiered on July 18, 1986 and grossed more than $130 million worldwide. Weaver's Oscar nomination for Best Actress is considered a milestone for the science fiction genre.