‘Aliens’ marks 30th anniversary with marriage proposal

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  • Sunday, 24 Jul 2016

(L-R) Director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, actors Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton attend the "Aliens: 30th Anniversary" panel during Comic-Con International 2016. - AFP Photo/Kevin Winter

SAN DIEGO: Filmmaker James Cameron and Hollywood star Sigourney Weaver were surprised by a fan proposing to his girlfriend as they celebrated the 30th anniversary of sci-fi classic “Aliens” on Saturday.

The pair was swapping nostalgia and behind-the-scenes anecdotes at San Diego Comic-Con when the man got down on one knee during the audience Q&A section and popped the question.

The lucky lady said yes, prompting Cameron, 61, to remark: “May you be happy and have many spawn.”

Cameron and Weaver, 66, were joined by other cast members including Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser and Bill Paxton as well as producer Gale Anne Hurd.

The panel was asked for details of progress on an upcoming fifth “Alien” film to be made by “District 9” and “Elysium” director Neill Blomkamp.

Although it has not been officially announced, Blomkamp himself has given interviews confirming that he plans at least one sequel with Weaver in the lead role.

The filmmaker announced on Twitter last October that the project had been put on hold while “Alien” director Ridley Scott worked on “Alien: Paradise Lost,” -- the sequel to his “Alien” prequel “Prometheus.”

Weaver told Comic-Con however that a script had been completed and that Blomkamp “has work to do and I have work to do, but I’m hoping when we finish those jobs we’ll circle back and do it.”

The pair started developing ideas while Weaver was shooting Blomkamp’s 2015 robot movie “Chappie,” she said.

“That whole first day we spent talking about it, and four months later, I got a script that was so amazing and gives the fans everything they are looking for, plus innovates in a lot of ways that immediately, to me, became a part of the world,” Weaver added.

Weaver made her name -- and received an Oscar nomination -- for playing Ellen Ripley, a tough-as-nails warrant officer and pop culture icon widely viewed as one of the most significant female protagonists in cinema history.  But the actress admitted to the Hall H audience she can’t bear to watch Hurd’s hit horror series “The Walking Dead.”

Carrie Henn, who played young survivor Rebecca “Newt” Jorden in her only film role and is now a fourth grade teacher, said students’ parents show up with DVDs for her to sign. – AFP

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