Cool Stuff: PredAlien Concept Maquette

Sideshow Collectibles has partnered with Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI) on this incredibly detailed PredAlien Concept Maquette. I’m not a huge fan of the AVP film series and while Aliens VS Predator: Requiem was better than Paul WS “Hack” Anderson’s initial film, I still wouldn’t consider it to be a “good movie”. That said, I absolutely love the PredAlien concept.

“ADI was challenged with designing this new character to fit in the Alien and Predator franchise, incorporating elements of both species and the creature’s reproductive abilities, creating several drafts of the PredAlien creature. Sideshow is pleased to bring collectors the unique opportunity to own an exact reproduction of this early concept maquette, showcasing the evolution of the creature’s original design. The PredAlien Concept Maquette is cast in high-quality polystone, hand-cast, hand-finished and hand-painted to exacting standards, then individually hand-numbered.”

Estimated to ship in the second quarter of 2009, you can preorder the PredAlien Concept Maquette now on Sideshowtoy.com for $199.99.

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Shock Till You Drop received a tip over the weekend from a source at 20th Century Fox who claimed that a sequel to last December’s generally hated Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem is a “certainty.” A second sequel in the battle royal sci-fi horror franchise would be rather surprising, as AvP-R didn’t reach $50 million domestically, though it made about $130 million worldwide. However one might expect sales of the DVD, set for April 15th, to be rather healthy. As aforementioned, after much boasting by visual effects wizard brothers Colin Strause and Greg Strause, their film still sucked about as much as the first AVP flick from Paul W.S. Anderson. The source didn’t clarify whether the Brothers Strause would return.

The question here is whether this potentially landmark franchise can ever retain the promise that existed in so many fanboys’ heads before it became a cinematic reality. Twentieth Century Fox has to realize at this point that the key factor to making an AVP film that can reach $100 million domestic (and a third film still could) is the director. At this point they need to go with a well known action director rather than a young hot shot with visual acumen.

While some of the thrill is gone after two outings, especially amongst the non-geek mainstream, an injection of class and a detachment from the prior two films could still make considerable bank. I doubt they could get Ridley Scott at this point, but that’s the type of talent they should aim for. And this isn’t about AVP so much as rebooting the Aliens and Predator franchises, neither of which are particularly strong go-to’s right now. As seen from the boffo grosses and insatiable interest in I Am Legend, moviegoers want their dark sci-fi, so do it right or don’t bother.

Discuss: Can you ever get excited for an AVP film again after the first two? 

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem

Yahoo! Movies UK has the first five Minutes of Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem online for your viewing pleasure. It doesn’t take the full five minutes to realize that this film is a lot better than the crappy Paul W.S. Anderson film. It might actually be worth a trip to the movie theater.

Our friends at RottenTomatoes have the first 10 minutes of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. I just saw the film last month, before seeing John C. Reilly in concert as Dewey Cox (which was incredible… seriously). I’m not allowed to review Walk Hard until the release, but I will say this – I hated the movie trailer, and thought the movie looked like shit – I was wrong. Watch the first 10 minutes to get a good preview of what is in store. It has one of those annoying Age verification systems that, frankly, doesn’t work (I know that my real information has never been able to get me through, and I’m more than the legal age). If you’re having trouble getting through, please check out our previous feature on How to Gain Access To Red Band Movie Trailers.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Japanese Movie Trailer

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

On Monday we showed you a very cool Japanese poster for Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (or what they call AVP2 over there). Fox has now released an international Japanese trailer for the film.

I wasn’t a fan of the first film (actually, I hated it), but the sequel has showed much promise. However, I find myself more doubtful after watching this international trailer. Some of the action sequence shots look like segments from a B-level sci-fi action film. And setting the action to “Silent Night” seems like a totally wrong choice. I’m still excited for this film, but I’m starting to question myself a little bit more (and managing my expectations better). Check out the Japanese trailer on Yahoo! Japan.

New Movie Posters: Conan, Tekken, The Game, AVP:R

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A boatload of new movie posters have been unloaded onto the internet in the last 24 hours. Check out the round up after the jump.

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Photo: Predalien from AVP-R

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That photo above is not a photoshop creation, it’s a Predalien from Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem. Yes, that is an Alien and Predator hybrid.

Directors Greg and Colin Strause have also provided USA Today with a couple nice quotes, promising that this sequel is “more like the classic early Alien and Predator movies we grew up on,” Dark, Scary, Rainy. They also claim to have cut back on the computer generated effects, and have amassed an arsenal of 12 creature suits.

“You’re not going to see 50 digital creatures running around,” Greg says. “We want to bring the franchise back to basics. That’s what made them so frightening in the first place.”

I like the enthusiasm, and the idea of less CG and more costumed creatures in theory. And I even admit that the trailer for AVP-R looks promising, despite a horrendous first film. What do you guys think?

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

A bunch of new posters were released today on the interwebs. Let’s take a look at some of the good and bad marketing ideas after the jump.

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Release Date Change: AVP2 to challenge Cloverfield

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Update: I just heard back from Fox. Apparently the release change will only effect the international release of the film. AvsP2 will still hit theaters in the United States on December 25th 2007.

Don’t get too excited for that red band trailer for Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, because the film has just been bumped back to January 18th, 2008. That’s right, you’re going to have to wait a few weeks longer for the AvsP fix. The sequel was originaly slated to hit theaters on December 25th, up against Charlie Wilson’s War, The Great Debators and The Water Horse, but more importantly Sweeney Todd, National Treasure 2 and Walk Hard, all of which open the previous Friday (December 21st). So you can see why they made the move.

But pitting AvsP2 up against the much hyped JJ Abrams produced top secret monster flick Cloverfield, doesn’t seem like the best idea for everyone involved. And besides, isn’t Fanboys coming out the same weekend too? Three geek targeted flicks in one weekend feels a little bit overcrowded to me.

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