There are some things in life that are great by themselves, but when you put them together, the result is even better.  Chocolate and strawberries, for instance, or rap music and bedazzled teeth.  One of the ultimate manifestations of this principle is Ridley Scott’s Alien, a seamless mixture of the horror and sci-fi movie genres.

So, Alien by itself is awesome.  You know what else is awesome?  The Predator.  In theory, mixing these two extraterrestrial killers together is one of the best ideas to ever grace the mind of a writer.  So why, then, did I throw up in my mouth during Alien vs. Predator: Requiem?  Maybe because the directors call themselves “the Brothers Strause.” Or maybe it’s because the movie was worse than having a catheter removed.  It was likely a combination of both.

It’s lucky for fans of both the Alien and Predator franchises that they are being pried apart and returning to their respective sides of the universe. 

It’s even luckier that the man responsible for bringing us the original sci-fi/horror classic, Ridley Scott, is back at the helm for the upcoming Alien-prequel. Scott has been reported saying that “It’s [the unnamed prequel] a work in progress, but we’re not dreaming it up anymore.  We know what the story is.  We’re now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot].  It’s a work in progress, but we’re actually making the film. There’s no question about it, we’re going to make the film.”

That’s good news to me.  I don’t want the last association people make with a concept as cool as Alien to be the ridiculous half alien-half predator joke from AVP: Requiem.  Sadly though, the story is set to take place three years before the the events of Alien, so we probably won't be seeing Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ellen Ripley

Look for new Aliens to burst out of chests and into theaters some time in 2011.
Predators is set to be released July 7th, 2010.


4/26/2010 05:49:28 pm

Let's just hope there are no corny cameo's, like Carrie Henn playing Newt's mom on planet LV-426.

4/27/2010 05:08:09 am

I actually had to look that one up. That would be pretty corny. Sometimes fans dig that kind of thing though.


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