Empire has published an interview with James Cameron—maybe you’ve heard, his Avatar sequel is now in theaters—but with a twist: the questions were submitted by famous actors, directors and writers.
Among other things, Cameron confirmed the famous story (famous inside the business, anyway) that at a meeting with Fox executives to pitch Aliens, he wrote the word ALIEN, added an S, and then turned the S into a dollar sign:
“And yes, it’s true. I was in a meeting with the studio head and the executive producers, and I turned my script over and on the blank side of the last page I wrote ALIEN. Then I drew an S on the end. Then I drew two vertical lines through the S and held it up to show them. Maybe it was just Pavlovian conditioning when they saw the $ sign connected closely to the word ‘Alien.’ Or maybe it was the confidence I projected. But they said yes.”
If you want to read a great script—here’s Aliens!