Doubts Surface Over ‘Alien’ Prequel

Ridley Scott's Alien

In April 20th Century Fox Chairman Tom Rothman confirmed discussions were underway to develop an Alien prequel film and that they were hoping it would be helmed by Ridley Scott, the director of the original Alien that started the whole franchise.

A month later (in May) Ridley Scott’s brother Tony confirmed relative unknown Carl Rinsch was attached to direct the film.

Carl Rinsch is a newcomer who has never directed a feature film before, but he’s demonstrated a lot of creative talent in a truck load of shorts including The Evolution of Technology and a host of many other innovative commercials (do a search of YouTube for his name to see what I mean).

But whilst Rinsch reportedly has the support of both Tony and Ridley Scott it seems he doesn’t have the support of 20th Century Fox, according to a recent report on EW.

From EW:

Sources at Fox, however, tell EW that the studio is not interested in greenlighting a prequel unless Scott himself directs. Scott and his reps didn’t respond to calls for comment.

It remains too early to confirm a title for the new film, shooting dates or a release schedule – and now it seems it might be too early to say the movie is going ahead.

I’m seriously hoping Fox go with the Scott’s recommendation to hand Rinsch the helm, otherwise the prequel might die an early death.

More on this story as it develops.

Alien Statue - Sideshow Collectibles

SEGA Releases Details Of New ‘Aliens Vs Predator’ Game

Aliens Vs Predator 3

SEGA recently revealed a few more details, a short teaser and a handful of images from their upoming new Aliens Vs Predator game.

This next-gen version of the popular franchise is going to bring us three species fighting for the Intergalactic Bad-Ass award: the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien.

Rebellion Developments are the team bringing us the goods. They were also the creators of the first AVP game back in 1999, which was simply awesome.

Already expectations are running high on their latest version. CEO of SEGA West, Naoya Tsurumi, had this to say:

“The innovative new AvP game presents an exciting opportunity for us. It represents a fantastic addition to our growing Aliens franchise and the reinvention of one of gaming’s most cherished iconic titles. By adjusting the release of our other Aliens titles to accommodate it, SEGA will ensure that every title lives up to the high expectations of Aliens and AvP fans.”

Watch the trailer:

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‘Alien’ Prequel, ‘Daredevil’ Reboot, And ‘Avatar’ At Comic-Con

Alien

A scene from Ridley Scott's 'Alien'

20th Century Fox Chairman Tom Rothman has just attended the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere at Tempe, Arizona where he was cornered by IESB’s Robert Sanchez.  Sanchez’s questions were direct and gathered a heap of new information regarding future and exciting 20th Century Fox projects.

Whilst Rothman refused to comment on rumors of a possible Fantastic Four reboot, he did confirm that a reboot of Daredevil was in development.  He reiterated that Robert Rodriguez has been given full control of the Predator reboot and he confirmed there would be something going on at Comic-Con this year related to James Cameron’s Avatar, adding that even without the 3D technology, Avatar is a “great kick ass, emotionally driven story.”

But perhaps the most interesting information he gave up was the news of a possible Alien prequel film to be helmed by Ridley Scott (Alien / Blade Runner / Gladiator)!

“Well there’s been some talk…Ridley’s right now working on Robin Hood but I think he’s toying with the idea and that would be great for us,” Rothman said. “It’s always been a matter of..you know..if you could get the originator to do it that would be the greatest thing..so I have my fingers crossed..all of them.”

Although we have no idea what is being considered as a story for a possible Alien prequel, take a quick look at the image from Ridley Scott’s Alien. All kinds of possibilities arise when you consider the acid dripping Aliens we’ve come to love aren’t the only aliens in the Alien universe.

You can watch the video of the interview at IESB here.

‘Predator’ Reboot On Its Way

Predators

IESB are reporting they have confirmed Director Robert Rodriguez will helm a reboot of 20th Century Fox’s Predator.

Rodriguez will both direct and produce the reboot.

In a news conference at Troublemaker Studio’s, Rodriguez told members of the press:

“I’m going to be able to shoot my upcoming Machete here, a sci-fi action film called Nervewrackers, a re-boot of the Predator series called Predators, and a couple of smaller movies called Sin City 2 and The Jetsons.”

It’s been 22 years since the first Predator movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger graced our screens.  Three years later the sequel, starring Danny Glover didn’t do so well.  However in 2004 Aliens Vs Predator and again in 2007 Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem were both highly successful at the box office.

Yet with so many movies on Rodriguez’ plate, when exactly Predators will be released remains unknown.

Predator on Alien horse collectible statue

Predator on an Alien horse replica statueSo far this week I’ve cast my eyes on some pretty cool stuff, especially the life-sized Terminator T-800 replica.  But I’m not only a Terminator fan, I’m also an Aliens and Predator fan, so when I spotted this little beauty, my eyes lit up.

Ever wondered what an Alien horse would look like?  The guys at Sideshow Collectibles obviously have.  They put together this limited edition statue of a Predator riding above an Alien horse.  Pretty sick in my view.  If you’re a fan you’d no doubt want this, but alas, it was limited to 750 editions and they’re all sold out.  Sorry if I got your hopes up.  Still, if you want to check out a few screenies of this awesome collectible just for the hell of it, you can do so here.

Oh, by the way, there’s a waiting list button.  If you lodge an order, you could possibly still get one if someone who has already ordered cancels.  Its a remote hope.  How lucky are you feeling?