Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer concept art

I’m always fascinated with the stories of movies that never were (like Darren Aronofsky’s vision of Batman). So much work in Hollywood never makes it to the big screen. From pitches to development, to years of scripts, casting, and even screen tests, films have a long road before cameras begin to roll. And we only occasionally see remnants of these unmade productions.

Most common are abandoned scripts which have leaked online over the years (like Frank Darabont‘s draft of Indiana Jones 4). Sometimes we get costume tests and concept art, like has happened with Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives. But other times we get a glimpse into the pitching process, be it a video like Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘The Hunger Games’ Pitch Trailer or concept art for an idea that never made it into development. And sometimes a filmmaker posts abandoned concept art and it sparks the fire and a movie is reborn (as is with Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film).

Splice/Cube/Hannibal director Vincenzo Natali has been posting some of the early concept art and pitch work that was created for some of his unmade movies, including Neuromancer, Stephen King’s It, Swamp Thing and Predator. Take a look at the Vincenzo Natali Neuromancer It and Predator concept artwork after the jump.

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Predator: Dark Ages

One of the most iconic movie monsters of all time is none other than the Predator. The alien hunter has been a force to be reckoned with for Arnold Schwarzenegger and plenty of other soldiers and killers on the big screen. Sadly, not all the films featuring the titular creature have been home runs. (We’re looking at you, Alien vs. Predator franchise.) But it’s hard to argue against the fact that they have delivered some pretty slick action.

While we’re waiting for a Predator reboot/sequel from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black to maybe reinvigorate the franchise, we have something that should tide fans over for a little while. A Predator fan started a Kickstarter campaign awhile back to fund a short film called Predator: Dark Ages, pitting the thermal-sighted warrior against the Knights Templar. Now the short is finished. And, yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Watch the Predator: Dark Ages short film after the jump. Read More »

DIE HARD: Alien VS Predator Teaser Trailer

Last month after we learned that Sony was discussing a possible crossover movie between 21 Jump Street and Men in Black, I wrote a list of 5 Movie Crossovers That Could Be Ridiculous Fun.

One of my ridiculous ideas was for 20th Century Fox to make Die Hard 24/7: Alien Invasion — John McClane, now head of security at a huge Casino resort either in China (because, well, co-production money) or Dubai, who is working to stop one of the biggest heists in the history of ever (another current trend). As it turns out, the mastermind trying to rob the casino is 24’s Jack Bauer (his daughter Kim is being held hostage, cougar or something, and he is being forced into it). The story starts as McClane vs. Bauer but all hell breaks loose when an alien ship crashes within the state of the art complex, which of course goes into lockdown and a swarm of xenomorphs are let on the lose. The two men must now work together against the bigger threat.

Ridiculous? Yes. One of my favorite comments from the post was “Die Hard/24/Alien Crossover is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I’d see it at least six times at the theatre.” The idea isn’t completely original, Fox was at one time developing a Die Hard 24/7 film which would have seen John McClane and Jack Bauer team up against a global threat but for whatever reason, the project fell into development hell and we got that horrible 24: Live Another Day event series instead.  Anyway, this is just a long intro to present a fan made trailer that was sent to me that almost visualizes my ridiculous crossover movie pitch. Hit the jump and watch the fan made DIE HARD: Alien VS Predator Teaser Trailer.

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Jason Edmiston - Predator

On the spectrum of news about a reboot, remake or sequel, Tuesday’s reveal of Shane Black and Fred Dekker doing a Predator movie was about as good as it gets. You’ve got Black, of the best writers out there, who also happens to be a solid director and who was involved in the original film. He’s teaming up with his good friend Dekker, himself a pretty great writer and director, and they’re tackling a popular franchise that has only had three dedicated movies. All big wins.

The original story was that this new Predator would be a reboot. But according to Black, that’s not he case. He wouldn’t quantify it exactly but said the film wouldn’t start over when there’s so much mythology to mine. That means it’s a sequel of some sort. Read his exact words below. Read More »

predator reboot

All together now: “it’s ’cause of the echo!” When John McTiernan directed the original Predator, Fox wanted Shane Black to rewrite the script, and gave him a role in the film to lure him to the project. He played the bestpectacled Rick Hawkins, whose dirty jokes are some of the most memorable lines in the film. Now Shane Black is going back to the project. He’s been hired to write treatment for a Predator reboot, which Fred Dekker (Monster Squad) will script. Black may end up directing the film. Read More »

Ken Taylor - Fight Club variant

Popular and talented artist Ken Taylor will have his first solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas this week. After our exclusive debut from the show, a ton of new posters have now been revealed. Posters for Frankenstein, Predator, Fight Club, Das Boot and Catwoman join Children of Men and Little Shop of Horrors to comprise a good portion of what fans and collectors will get to see come Friday May 30. Check out images from the Ken Taylor Mondo show below. Read More »

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jean claude van damme predator

You may know that Jean-Claude Van Damme originally had a faceless but significant part in John McTiernan‘s Predator. Specifically, he was going to be the guy in the Predator suit, back before the alien design we all know and love was totally finalized. In fact, Van Damme spent a couple days running around doing tests in a lobster-like costume and feeling pretty pissed-off about the fact that his martial arts skills were going to waste. The costume didn’t work, and eventually it was scrapped for a different design, worn by the much larger actor Kevin Peter Hall.

Stan Winston’s son recently had effects guy Steve Johnson (Ghostbusters, Species, Blade 2) as a guest on the inaugural episode of The Monster Show. Therein, Johnson told the story of the original Predator design and Van Damme’s involvement. It isn’t the most kind retelling of the story, but elapsed decades erase the need to maintain decorum. The story is so weird you’ll probably think it is a joke. You must watch the video below. 

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Marko Manev - Arnold

Two of the most promising rising artists in the pop culture art world are teaming up for a massive show. It’s called Influences;Marko Manev and Matt Ferguson are the artists; and the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is the venue.

The theme is basically just films that have influenced not only these two artists, but pop culture as a whole. That means we’re talking very big properties: Jurassic Park, E.T., Predator, Batman, Total Recall, Flash Gordon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more. Below, check out a small preview of the show that opens Friday February 28. Read More »

Back to the Future ReAction

These days action figures look too good. They’re all 3D scanned with multiple points of articulation, tons of accessories and beautiful packaging. That wasn’t always the case. In the Eighties, you got a basic likeness that barely looked like the character, four points of articulation and a simple card with plastic bubble. That was it. Kenner style.

ReAction Figures is bringing that back. They’ll soon release classic Eighties carded figures from properties that never got that treatment. Movies and shows like Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction, Firefly, The Terminator, Friday the 13th, Predator, The Rocketeer, Escape from New York and many more. They’re available for pre-order now on Entertainment Earth and you can check out some images below. Read More »