Ridley Scott is hard at work creating two prequels to his 1979 classic Alien. But if the Brothers Strause's plans had materialized, their second Aliens Vs. Predator movie would have been an Alien prequel. They told us what they'd planned.
Doing press for their new movie, Skyline, the Brothers Strause also found time to explain to us what they'd had in mind for their second AVP movie if they'd gotten to do another one. We'll share what they had to say about Skyline in a few days, but here's what they told us about AVP:
What was the plan for the third Aliens Versus Predator movie? We heard that you wanted it to lead directly into Ridley Scott's Alien.
Greg Strause: The original ending for AVPR, that we pitched them, ended up on the alien homeward, and actually going from the Predator gun, that you see at the end, it was going to transition from that gun to a logo of a Weyland-Yutani spaceship that was heading to an alien planet.
And then we were actually going to cut down to the surface [of the alien planet] and you were going to see a hunt going on. It was going to be a whole tribe of predators going against this creature that we called "King Alien." It's this huge giant winged alien thing. And that was going to be the lead-in, to show that the fact that the Predator gun [at the end of AVPR] is the impetus of all the technological advancements that allowed humans to travel in space. Which leads up to the Alien timeline.
So Predators, and the gun that was left behind and handed to Ms. Yutani in the end of AVPR, that helped us figure out space travel?
Greg Strause: That was the idea. They never got any of the equipment from the first Predators. It's the first time they ever received any intact working technology left over. So they could take that and reverse engineer, figure out what the power source was - all of those things. And in theory, that would enable that company [Weyland-Yutani] to make massive advancements in technology and dominate the space industry.
That was the whole idea, was to literally continue from Ms. Yutani getting the gun - and then cut to 50 years in the future, and there's spaceships now. We've made a quantum leap in space travel. That was going to set up the ending, which would then set up what AVP was going to be, which would take place 100 years in the future. That was kind of the plan.
Here's the Ms. Yutani scene they were discussing earlier, in a different language:
Maybe if Skyline is a huge hit, the Brothers Strause will still get to direct some version of their crazy King Alien feature. We kind of want to see giant winged xenomorphs, that exist outside of the toy industry. Until then catch their latest alien feature, on November 12th.