After his 1984 surprise smash ‘The Terminator’ James Cameron gained a certain level of clout in hollywood. Cameron was given the choice of doing a sequel to the film ALIEN or an updated version of Spartacus for FOX. IN 1983, Cameron a treatment for ALIENS, which is like a rough draft, outlining major plot and story points without a fully fleshed out dialogue. Camron’s first draft, dating from 1985, is very similar to the actual filmed version.