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A warm, funny James Cameron was the center of an “Is Pandora Possible?” lecture at Pasadena’s Cal Tech, where he and several revered scientists—Jess Adkins, John P. Grotzinger, Jared Leadbetter and Robert Hurt—debated the feasability of the alien world in the writer/director’s AVATAR. (The billion-dollar grosser went out on DVD and Blu-ray last week.) Chatting about extraterrestrial worlds eventually led Cameron to address ALIEN—specifically the prequel to the classic sci-fi horror film that original director Ridley Scott is developing (see our last item here).
The Oscar-winning Cameron, who brought the franchise into new territory with ALIENS, was as excited as any FANGORIA reader about Scott’s return to the series after 31 years. “I cannot wait to see it,” he said. “I truly cannot wait. I will be the first person in line to see it—but he’d better invite me to a preview screening!”
Since we’re living in an ALIEN VS. PREDATOR world, the question arises regarding a tussle between the interplanetary races he has directed. “Who would win in a fight between the Na’vi and the Aliens?” Cameron muses aloud. “Sigourney Weaver [who starred in both]—she always wins! I usually get asked who would win between the Alien and the Terminator—I have never been asked that before!”
Well, since he brought it up—who would emerge victorious if the cyborg assassin he created fought the xenomorphs on a mutually acceptable battlefield? “That's a very good point,” Cameron smiles. “Since I didn’t create the Alien but I did create the Terminator, I’m going to have to put my money on my guy, Terminator!”
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