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James Cameron Talks Alien: Covenant & Teases 3D Treatment of Aliens!

With the release of the 3D conversion of Terminator 2: Judgement Day just around the corner at the end of August, James Cameron took part in a Facebook Live interview on the Terminator 2 page to promote the film.

Fielding an early question about the possibility of a 3D treatment of The Terminator and True Lies, Cameron revealed that pending a good reception to Terminator 2’s 3D release that Aliens would next on the agenda!

“We haven’t proven the business case yet so ask me again in a couple of weeks if T2 Judgement Day in 3D does well. I think the next title on my list, in terms of fan enthusiasm would probably have to be Aliens before I got to the other titles that you mentioned.

Aliens seems to really hold up in people’s minds and that would probably be my next one. But we’ve got to prove the business case here so people have to show up. So show up!”

James Cameron on the set of Aliens with Michael Biehn, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein. James Cameron Talks Alien: Covenant & Teases 3D Treatment of Aliens!

James Cameron on the set of Aliens with Michael Biehn, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein.

In addition to the upcoming Terminator 2 3D, Cameron also re-released Titanic in 2012 with a 3D treatment and in 4K resolution. While not a Cameron project, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first Predator also received a 3D re-release back in 2013.

Later on in the interview, Cameron was asked about his thoughts on Sir Ridley Scott’s recent Alien: Covenant and the direction that Ridley was taking the lore in.

“I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful. I love Ridley’s films and I love his film making , I love the beauty of the photography, I love the visceral sense that you’re there, that you’re present.

It’s not a film that I would have made. I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end. I would not have made that film. I can’t comment on where Ridley is going with it but I think he is obviously trying to create a greater universe around it and more backstory with the Engineers and so on. I’ll show up for the next one, absolutely.”

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  1. whiterabbit
    True Lies is a great film but I really wish Cameron cut out the interrogation of Harry's wife. That entire scene was just so damn abusive. Calling it cruel would be a gross understatement.

    Yeah but it's Harry that's interrogating her. Personally I didn't see it as abusive, I was kinda thinking I'd grill my wife the same lol. Plus it was a comedy too.
    In the context of the scene I think they are trying to determine whether or not Helen is a spy but it's clear that Harry was more interested in if she was cheating on him. Yea true, their relationship is more or less a convenience for him but good god that was a mean spirited thing to do for information he, as a spy, should have already known. :P

    They know Helen isn't a spy, that's the point lol

    The whole point is purely to find out if Helens been screwing Paxton. There's no other reason. Harry is just abusing his position.
    That makes it even worse.

    True Lies is a great film but I really wish Cameron cut out the interrogation of Harry's wife. That entire scene was just so damn abusive. Calling it cruel would be a gross understatement.

    That was best scene in the film, actually. Jamie Lee Curtis acting like a stripper was one of the better part of the 90s.
    Talking about the interrogation itself.
  2. Highland
    True Lies is a great film but I really wish Cameron cut out the interrogation of Harry's wife. That entire scene was just so damn abusive. Calling it cruel would be a gross understatement.

    Yeah but it's Harry that's interrogating her. Personally I didn't see it as abusive, I was kinda thinking I'd grill my wife the same lol. Plus it was a comedy too.
    In the context of the scene I think they are trying to determine whether or not Helen is a spy but it's clear that Harry was more interested in if she was cheating on him. Yea true, their relationship is more or less a convenience for him but good god that was a mean spirited thing to do for information he, as a spy, should have already known. :P

    They know Helen isn't a spy, that's the point lol

    The whole point is purely to find out if Helens been screwing Paxton. There's no other reason. Harry is just abusing his position.
  3. whiterabbit
    True Lies is a great film but I really wish Cameron cut out the interrogation of Harry's wife. That entire scene was just so damn abusive. Calling it cruel would be a gross understatement.

    Yeah but it's Harry that's interrogating her. Personally I didn't see it as abusive, I was kinda thinking I'd grill my wife the same lol. Plus it was a comedy too.
    In the context of the scene I think they are trying to determine whether or not Helen is a spy but it's clear that Harry was more interested in if she was cheating on him. Yea true, their relationship is more or less a convenience for him but good god that was a mean spirited thing to do for information he, as a spy, should have already known. :P
  4. whiterabbit
    True Lies is a great film but I really wish Cameron cut out the interrogation of Harry's wife. That entire scene was just so damn abusive. Calling it cruel would be a gross understatement.
  5. Jonesy1974
    Terminator 2 was the last Cameron film I liked. True Lies has some great action sequences but I found the racial stereotypes and misogyny a little distasteful.

    Cameron always told very simple, basic stories with very stereotypical characters but he was fantastic at creating tension and suspense. He was also brilliant and innovative with action scenes. His early films all move at good pace, real thrill rides.

    In latter years his films have got longer and longer with less and less action. For me the characters and story in Avatar and Titanic just aren't interesting enough to keep me invested. Both films just bore me to tears. I know i'm in the minority and both are hugely popular but I'll never be able to understand why.
  6. whiterabbit
    I don't know what exactly the debate is here but I pick Alien: Covenant over Titanic and Avatar any day. Although Cameron did get them old ladies wet with Titanic and don't they deserve movies too?
  7. Scorpio
    I prefer Alien Covenant to Titanic and Avatar, not because I think they are better films per se, but because of Cameron's sensibilities.  He's more of a populist filmmaker, while Scott is closer to an artist.  More or less.
  8. Rudiger
    My experiences have been, for the most part, great. The greatest were PROMETHEUS and THE MARTIAN in 3D. TRANSFORMERS III in 3D was a very good experience too.

    I find it a huge disappointment in the cinema (Imax too), and will now always seek out the 2D showing. I keep 3D purely for home. Prometheus is great in 3D (kinda makes up for the film), as is Avatar, Gravity and Ghost in the Shell.
  9. Mr. Clemens
    Maybe when the multiplexes get 3D right, I might be prepared to go along with Scott's apparent love of the format. But while we continue to get crappy glasses that are uncomfortable and usually dirty, images that appear dull and then royally ripped off for the privilege, it will remain purely a home cinema thing for me.

    Shame.

    My experiences have been, for the most part, great. The greatest were PROMETHEUS and THE MARTIAN in 3D. TRANSFORMERS III in 3D was a very good experience too.

    Can't speak for Transformers (it's not my bag) but the other two are absolutely splendid in 3D, favourites in my collection. Other favourites I have here at home:

    • Tron Legacy
    • House of Wax (Vincent Price)
    • One More Time With Feeling (Nick Cave documentary)
    • Creature from the Black Lagoon
    • The Hobbit (all 3)
    • Titanic
    • It Came from Outer Space

    I'd be crazy for 3D remasters of The Clone Wars and Rebels, but I'm sure that won't happen.
  10. Tonyhartmorph
    "I love Ridley’s films and I love his film making , I love the beauty of the photography, I love the visceral sense that you’re there, that you’re present .... It’s not a film that I would have made. I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end. I would not have made that film"

    Lolz (that's what you type, right?) Flashback time.

    Anyway, I am invested with a character in this series, he's called David.
  11. PierreVW
    Maybe when the multiplexes get 3D right, I might be prepared to go along with Scott's apparent love of the format. But while we continue to get crappy glasses that are uncomfortable and usually dirty, images that appear dull and then royally ripped off for the privilege, it will remain purely a home cinema thing for me.

    Shame.

    My experiences have been, for the most part, great. The greatest were PROMETHEUS and THE MARTIAN in 3D. TRANSFORMERS III in 3D was a very good experience too.
  12. Rudiger
    Maybe when the multiplexes get 3D right, I might be prepared to go along with Scott's apparent love of the format. But while we continue to get crappy glasses that are uncomfortable and usually dirty, images that appear dull and then royally ripped off for the privilege, it will remain purely a home cinema thing for me.
  13. The Eighth Passenger
    http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ac/ac0617/index.php?email_cmp=JuneQRCode#/0

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    Another difference between Covenant and Prometheus is that you didn’t shoot in 3D this time.

    Scott: I wanted to shoot Covenant in 3D, but somebody supposedly wiser than us up there decided that the days of 3D might be over, and therefore we didn’t do that. Now, of course, it’s finished and somebody mumbled, ‘Can we do this in 3D?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s a bit late, dude.’

    Wolski: For me, it was great going back to old-school filmmaking and shooting Covenant in 2D. The first Alien was 2D. I do think that initially my experience with 3D was a big part of why Ridley was interested in me for Prometheus. That was a huge challenge, shooting 3D with those multiple cameras Ridley favors. At that time there was a big trend toward shooting everything in 3D, and I think it was largely because of economics — because Avatar had made so much money. Everybody thought the whole world was going to turn 3D, but I never believed in that.

    Scott: I don’t think 3D is going to go away. I love it, because we actually see in 3D. In your head, you’ve basically got two cameras side by side separated by the width of your nose. When you film and project 3D properly, it’s not a barrier; it’s taking you back to something you’ve been used to since birth. There’s still a lot to be explored there. One thing that would have been nice to do on The Martian would have been to shoot all the interiors in 2D, then when he goes outside flip to 3D. But we can’t do that yet.
  14. Corporal Hicks
    Now you know why Ridley didn't make any other 3D films after Prometheus.

    The Martian and Exodus were shot in 3D.

    And Scott wanted to shoot Covenant in 3D but one of the uppers at Fox told him 3D was dead. Fox later changed their minds at the eleventh hour but it was already too late by then according to Scott. Obviously Scott wasn't interested in post-conversion.

    I don't remember reading that one. Do you have a link?
  15. Highland
    True. Still, not surprised he said what he said. Ridley's his hero.

    Ridleys a lot of people's hero. Two of his movies would proudly sit in my top 10 ( and probably everyone's top 10). Doesn't mean I have to love everything he does.

    I think it's fair to say Covenant has flashes of brilliance, but they are surrounded by a bit of a mess. Both the prequels are crying out for that extra 20-30 minutes of balance. That wouldn't fix the movie, but it would help a lot.

  16. PierreVW
    Now you know why Ridley didn't make any other 3D films after Prometheus.

    The Martian and Exodus were shot in 3D.

    And Scott wanted to shoot Covenant in 3D but one of the uppers at Fox told him 3D was dead. Fox later changed their minds at the eleventh hour but it was already too late by then according to Scott. Obviously Scott wasn't interested in post-conversion.

    I agree 100%.

    In another note, The Desert looked beautiful in 3D in THE MARTIAN.

    Thanks, I'd been wondering about the details.

    God I wish Covenant had been shot in 3D. That bombing scene in particular would have been nuts. Prometheus is one of the best-looking 3DBDs I own, and it would have been nice to have Covenant standing tall beside it.
  17. Mr. Clemens
    Now you know why Ridley didn't make any other 3D films after Prometheus.

    The Martian and Exodus were shot in 3D.

    And Scott wanted to shoot Covenant in 3D but one of the uppers at Fox told him 3D was dead. Fox later changed their minds at the eleventh hour but it was already too late by then according to Scott. Obviously Scott wasn't interested in post-conversion.

    Thanks, I'd been wondering about the details.

    God I wish Covenant had been shot in 3D. That bombing scene in particular would have been nuts. Prometheus is one of the best-looking 3DBDs I own, and it would have been nice to have Covenant standing tall beside it.
  18. AVP-CAPCOM
    I have a theory after reading that "Fox reassesses future of ALIEN franchise after Alien Covenant Box Office fallout".

    Could it be 20th Century Fox will do like a UNIVERSAL Jurassic Park 3D re-release before a re-booted Jurassic World?

    That is the motivation for Cameron, to in effect drum up hype for a more action, futuristic based ALIEN movie?
  19. acrediblesource
    I think with Terminator 2 3D, Cameron must make a point clear:
    You do not need to shoot in 3D to make 3D movies. It all depends on how much work you want to do to create the 3D atmosphere in each shot. Now you know why Ridley didn't make any other 3D films after Prometheus. It cost too much and he could have a team establish 3D in post production easily.
    Thats why you dont here much about 3D anymore.
  20. banana
    What is Cameron supposed to say about Covenant? That it was bad?
    Risking trouble with a studio? Causing bad blood with a colleague? lol No way.

    Reminds me of Giger calling Prometheus grauselich or something. You could also  translate this as bad, fyi ;D
  21. Gash
    yeah, i am making my own avp comic - 500 pages almost  - AC and future titles allready had me concerned before the release of AC and it has only proved itself to be a waste of money and time - it is visualy goodlooking, some of the action is cool but makes no sense - AC is the worst example of science fiction ever - What characters do you mean Cameron ? their hardly are any characters in the movie - they all die because of cheer and utter stupidity ,skipping on the coincidences of the spaceship needing a recharge wich coincides with a "neutron" blast wich should be easely detectable btw , and the captain dying because of it, and the ship needing repairs - just when a message from the prometheus reaches one of the workers helmet ( instead of the big ass Covenant ship itself ) the characters change course because a christian moron is made captain. - all of them trained , somehow disregard their helmets all together when landing on a planet that has FREAKING LIVE ON IT ! complex enough to have a biodome of plants... so obviously has pathogens, microbes, germs, microscopic live unknow to mankind. , they proceed to remain blatantly unaware as the move throughout the surface of the world - ofcourse getting infected by some black gue pathogen to small to see - Instantly characters ( with no name, because, who are they just die , left and right - what is even less belevable is when the first neomorph is born - it is super thin, its leg and arm bones look to be about the width of fire matches - the fullgrown woman gave the super fragile looking neomorph a firm kick with a big ass boot, sending it flying - wich should have broken the neomorphs body in a hundred places.  2 times a person falls over blood - the neomorph, slightly larger gets shot several times in the field - suffering not so much as a scratch... it must be made of Ademantium like wolvrine... later they follow David ( worst angle in the movie is David ) cross an open graveyard of thousands of dead , infected corpses... - when the neomorph returns, being an adult mind you --- it INSTANTLY DIE'S DUE TO A FEW SHOTS FIRED BY THE CAPTAIN - this is absurd illogic at its best... smaller animals are more fragile then their adult form... otherwise, why grow up  - anyways David somehow is father to the jesus Alien wich is really really bad writting... because somehow in the big space of the universe - Mankind is the origin point of a creature wich is also the movie name - ALIEN - if human engineers build the black gue - and then a human android from earth made the alien - it is no longer an Alien being - it is a human creation... this is a kick in the ass - Luckely i am smart enough to convince myself from seeing these movies as being even remotely connected to Alien 1979. - blindly trusting that Walter managed to kill David ( wich by all means should have been the case , as Walter sais, there have been some upgrades since David's time - and david having his head detached and reattached and then 10 years of exposure to the enviroment, David should have been far weaker then Walter and no he shouldnt be able to convice Walter to let him take his place - Walter has no freedom like David has, + is in love with Daniels -) somehow David manages to pretend to be Walter - take his not aliens aboard.they get killed because twice these aliens jump with such force into iron spikes, cranes. impaling themselves - David then remaining awake whilst the survivors go to hyper sleep - puts is not alien embryonics in some storage machine... the stinking end - a movie that is one big flaw to begin with - filled with many , annoying, hard to stomache and relate to flaws from start to finish... anyone that likes this , is a shallow minded person that just as easely is amazed by looking a turd lay on the sidewalk... and stepping in it, and being greatfull that that has occured... - Prometheus, Alien Covenant are digusting movies , absolutely horrid and nothing else...


    This might be a major overstatement in the context of your missive.

    Good luck with the writing.
  22. BringbackJonesy!
    As SM said, I'm thinking that Cameron wasn't impressed with the lack of Shaw's inclusion in COVENANT, apart from seeing a photo and a mutilated dead body.  That certainly would have brought back memories of how his Hicks and Newt characters were handled in ALIEN 3!

    Just seeing even a little bit more of Shaw's inclusion in this PROMETHEUS follow-up would have been welcome, before we came to the eventual reveal of her demise...and I think it was a missed opportunity that Ridlley didn't include Shaw's originally intended footage.  Thankfully, the moments of Shaw in the 'Crossing Prologue' footage will be available for myself and others to incorporate into our own edits of the movie...and this will help to make up for her lack of involvement overall - as well as showing how she went about restoring David back together in the first place. 

    It's not much, but I reckon that some of that footage will help to ease her character's minimal inclusion somewhat.  :D
  23. BishopShouldGo
    No irony. T-800 had a perfect resolution. Shaw did not.

    "I will not stop search-" SCREEEEEEEEEEEECH here's a gravestone and a picture!!

    I really doubt it's fake. James Cameron is a huge fanboy of Ridley Scott.

    I remembered Cameron even loved THE COUNSELOR after the bad reviews.

    James is a fan of George Lucas and Zack Snyder too. He doesn't care about RT or MetaCritic.

    I remembered he loved BATMAN V SUPERMAN and THE STAR WARS PREQUELS.

    I uh, I uh didn't say it was fake.

    You implied James Cameron is only polite.

    I really doubt that. Cameron ISN'T polite. He is the opposite of polite.

    He really loves Ridley Scott, George Lucas and even Zack Snyder. James has said great things about these 3 even when all critics trashed them.

    I didn't imply that. The hell are you talking about.
  24. SM
    "It’s not a film that I would have made. I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end. I would not have made that film."

    You guys don't see the irony here, right? T2, anyone? The T-800?

    Yes, lol, some irony does register. However, for the cohesiveness of T2, the destruction of the T-800 was a necessary plot element (since every trace of Skynet had to be erased from existence—well at least in this timeline).

    As BSG said above, it's not irony.

    As you said, the destruction of the T-800 served the story.  Ditto Jack in Titanic.

    It's clear that this isn't what Cameron is getting at - he's talking about Shaw getting bumped off in between movies (much like Newt and Hicks).  It's a different situation to resolving a characters fate within the story itself.
  25. PierreVW
    No irony. T-800 had a perfect resolution. Shaw did not.

    "I will not stop search-" SCREEEEEEEEEEEECH here's a gravestone and a picture!!

    I really doubt it's fake. James Cameron is a huge fanboy of Ridley Scott.

    I remembered Cameron even loved THE COUNSELOR after the bad reviews.

    James is a fan of George Lucas and Zack Snyder too. He doesn't care about RT or MetaCritic.

    I remembered he loved BATMAN V SUPERMAN and THE STAR WARS PREQUELS.

    I uh, I uh didn't say it was fake.

    You implied James Cameron is only polite.

    I really doubt that. Cameron ISN'T polite. He is the opposite of polite.

    He really loves Ridley Scott, George Lucas and even Zack Snyder. James has said great things about these 3 even when all critics trashed them.
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