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July 09, 2003

ReAlien

James Cameron has reportedly told the BBC he may direct Alien 5:

"We're looking at doing another one," reveals Cameron, who also helmed the 1986 smash Aliens. "Something similiar to what we did with Aliens. A bunch of great characters, and of course Sigourney [Weaver]. I've even discussed the possibility of putting him [Arnold Schwarzenegger] into the Alien movie."

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Sigourney Weaver is reported to be interested in the Alien franchise through to Alien 6. Two more Alien films... a return to James Cameron's gung-ho vision... what could be better? Simple: Alien vs. Predator. The film would take its own trajectory away from the video game, comics or novels.

This should not inhibit the true purpose of any such film under any director. Which alien will kick the other's butt? Expect the Aliens and Predators to use the full range of their special alien abilities to hilarious effect. One special bonus would be to see an Alien which had hatched from a Predator as that hybrid beastie would be something fierce. Also, even the original series Enterprise could so take out the Death Star. I mean, ion power is no match against warp drive. Meanwhile Batman would give Superman a beating because Batman would totally have some kryptonite lying around the Batcave.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 9, 2003 08:46 AM

Comments

So I guess "The King of the World" is finding it a bit tough to start a project worthy of his "talents".

Yep, Aliens was great. Terminator and Terminator 2 were great. Abyss--in the non sliced-and-diced version, was great (almost as good as the non sliced-and-diced version of Aliens). But...what have you done for us lately, Mr. Cameron? Titanic. Blurg.

What ever happened to your movies based on Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars...too big for you, no?

And...you'll have to do a lot to overcome the bad taste in my mouth from Aliens 3 and 4. Blurg.

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at July 9, 2003 10:12 AM

You are an amazingly huge dork. Me too. And I could argue with you all day about the Batman/Superman thing. ALL DAY.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at July 9, 2003 10:43 AM

If Cameron is really looking for a challenge for his talents, he should be looking at the story of the "Count of Monte Cristo" transferred into space and time, viz., Alfred Bester's "The Stars My Destination"

http://www.forum2.org/tal/books/stars.html

If he wants to be 'King of the World' again, he needs to team up with Spielberg or Lucas (if absolutely necessary) to do James Blish's "Cities in Flight"
http://www.overlookpress.com/fiction/cities.shtml


Posted by: Frank DiSalle at July 9, 2003 12:22 PM

I have only two things to say: oh please, oh please, oh please. I feel like my cats must when confronted with the giant who opens those magical cans and waves them about before finally placing them on the floor.

Posted by: Paul at July 9, 2003 04:50 PM

That quote about my amazingly huge dork would be great on a banner ad for this site... what's that? I * am * an amazingly huge dork. Well that's a bit different.

But seriously, Batman would so kick Superman's ass.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 9, 2003 10:52 PM

"Cities in Flight"--wow!

"The Stars My Destination"--also "wow"! As would be "The Demolished Man".

What the heck...Any of David Brin's "Uplift" books. "Nova" by Samuel R. Delany. The list goes on...

But the problem with Hollywood is a lack of imagination and a lack of nerve. Those titles are probably tested as not being "commercial" enough. For nothing else, not enough explosions (even "Nova", what's a star blowing up...can't match cars blowing up for fun).

Hey, what about Perry Rhodan...now **there's** a franchise!

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at July 10, 2003 09:05 AM

The Stars My Destination! Excellent.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 10, 2003 11:52 AM

Superman can CLAP out huge fires! If he can do that, he can clearly kick some millionare playboy's ass.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at July 10, 2003 02:28 PM

Ok, I am not even going to get into this here seeing as I notice something going on at Chaos Central on the same topic. I can assure you, however, that the Batman's (yes, "the" Batman's) angst quotient is so high that Kal-el's nerd quotient entails his certain, humiliating defeat.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 11, 2003 03:45 AM