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According to Rebecca Keegan’s 2009 book The Futurist, after firing his vision-lacking agent, James Cameron sold the rights to his script for $1 to Gale Ann Hurd, a former assistant of B-movie king Roger Corman who had discovered Cameron working in the art department at New World, after obtaining the equivalent of a pinkie swear that she would only produce the movie if he directed it.
Hurd kept her promise, even in the face of studio execs who tried to push Cameron aside.
“And I have a career as a result,” Cameron told Keegan. “So I’ve never really regretted that decision, although it was costly financially.”