Rumor: Alien and Predator Will Go At It Again?
Not that this is too surprising, but it appears the Alien vs Predator storyline is adding to its count again, bringing the series total to three now. The news comes from STYD, who received a tip this past weekend, describing another sequel's chances as a "certainty." Really, I'm ambivalent on the news. The prospect of the original AVP was insanely exciting. The concept had been around in comics and video games for years, but the respective franchises had never been joined on screen before. And probably naively, I was looking forward to some fresh, badass Aliens after the 'blah' Alien Resurrection of 1997 - the last in the original series. We all know how that turned out.
Sadly, the 2004 match-up of the extraterrestrial beasts and hunters was disappointing. Entertaining, sure, but not very compelling or worthy of the hype. Despite dismal reviews - the original has a low 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the sequel, Alien vs Predator: Requiem, was released last December and earned an even worse 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, this all comes down to a numbers game, as it often does.
So let's look at numbers, then. The instigator of the series brought in $170 million worldwide, while its follow-up made $130 million. Clearly, there's a paying audience for the story, and there's oh-so-many ways the story could go.
Requiem found the battleground in a quiet Midwestern town (in Colorado). Cute idea, but still pretty bland. The third installment is rumored to return to space, according to Requiem's directors back in December; although Greg and Colin Strause are not yet confirmed on the new film.
I agree with Peter over at SlashFilm that the only true way to do these sci-fi monster franchises justice and regain some of their credibility and mysticism is to get a director capable of such feats. The main feat being: taking the story to a much darker, frightening place that extends beyond cheap screams and blood.
James Cameron's iconic Aliens pulled in nearly $130 million, more than 20 years ago. In terms of dollars today, that's somewhere in the neighborhood of $250-$300 million. With possible earning power like that and the seeming flop of the first two films, you would think a solid director could sign on with a reasonable expectation of a good return. Not that this is likely, but would someone even do that?
Does anyone at all even want this franchise to continue on??