|Alien vs. Predator|
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|Created by||Randy Stradley |
|Original work||Alien vs. Predator (1989)|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company|
(via 20th Century Fox)
|Book(s)||List of books|
|Novel(s)||List of novels|
|Comics||List of comics|
|Films and television|
|Traditional||List of board games|
|Video game(s)||List of video games|
|Toy(s)||List of action figures|
|Theme park attraction(s)||List of theme park attractions|
Alien vs. Predator (also known as Aliens versus Predator and AVP) is a science-fiction horror/action media franchise created by comic book writers Randy Stradley and Chris Warner. The series is a crossover between the Alien and Predator franchises, depicting the two species as being in conflict with one another. It began as a comic series in 1989, before being adapted into a video game series in the 1990s. Produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film series began with Alien vs. Predator (2004), directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and was followed by Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), directed by the Brothers Strause, and the development of a third film has been long rumoured. The series has led to numerous novels, comics, and video game spin-offs such as Aliens vs. Predator released in 2010 to generally positive reviews.
- 1 Setting
- 2 Background
- 3 Films
- 4 Cast and characters
- 5 Reception
- 6 Home media
- 7 Other media
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
The Alien vs. Predator franchise depicts a series of deadly encounters between humanity and the Aliens and the Predators; two hostile extraterrestrial species. Predominantly transpiring in the present day of the 21st century. Throughout the series, we see the involvement of the forerunners of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in the history of these alien creatures as Weyland Industries, headed by Charles Bishop Weyland, seeks immortality and the advancement of the company whereas Yutani Corporation, headed by Ms. Cullen Yutani (also involved with Project Stargazer of the Predator films), seeks to study these alien creatures and acquire their technology for scientific and military purposes, at the same time as civilians are forced to survive infestations with Aliens and clashes with Predators, eventually leading to the future merger between the two companies and the development of interstellar travel and other advanced technologies.
The first Alien vs. Predator story was published by Dark Horse Comics in Dark Horse Presents #34–36 (November 1989 – February 1990). In November 1990, Predator 2 was released in theaters and included a scene depicting an Alien (Xenomorph) skull as one of the Predator's trophies. Over the coming years, Fox had been pursuing a cinematic adaptation of the concept to advance the Alien and Predator franchises further, and Peter Briggs was tasked with the job to write an early script for the project and eventually pitched an idea titled The Hunt: Alien vs. Predator in 1994, but the pitch was rejected and development of the film remained stuck in development hell for almost a decade before the first feature film was finally released in 2004 under the helm of Paul W. S. Anderson, titled Alien vs. Predator, with a sequel by the Brothers Strause, titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, eventually released in 2007. Ellen Ripley does not appear in this franchise, as it takes place more than a century prior to the events of the Alien series.
The first actor to be cast for Alien vs. Predator was Lance Henriksen, who played the characters Bishop and Michael Bishop Weyland in Aliens and Alien 3 (and Aliens: Colonial Marines). Although the Alien films are set 150 years in the future, Anderson wanted to keep continuity with the series by including a familiar actor. Henriksen plays billionaire and self-taught-engineer Charles Bishop Weyland, a character that ties in with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation as the original founder and CEO of Weyland Industries (the company later taken over by Sir Peter Weyland in Prometheus in 2012 following Charles' death eight years earlier in 2004). Henriksen later returned to the franchise through the role of Karl Bishop Weyland, a descendant of Charles Weyland, in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator.
According to Anderson, Weyland becomes known for the discovery of the pyramid, and as a result the Weyland-Yutani Corporation models the Bishop android in the Alien films after him; "when the Bishop android is created in 150 years time, it's created with the face of the creator. It's kind of like Microsoft building an android in 100 years time that has the face of Bill Gates." The Brothers Strause further stated how the ending of their sequel built further upon establishing the future of the universe by having the Predator technology acquired by Yutani Corporation (and by extension Project Stargazer of the Predator films) act as the impetus for the development of advanced technologies such as FTL (faster-than-light travel) drives fitted aboard spaceships such as the Prometheus and the Nostromo (leading into the events of the Alien films).
The legacy of the shared universe has also shown itself in later films. In the 2010 film Predators, when the group of main protagonists enters the Predators' camp, there is a brief view of an Alien skull on the ground (as well as the lower jaw of an Alien on the helmet of the Berserker Predator), referring to the similar moment from Predator 2 when an Alien skull is seen in the trophy room of the Predator spaceship. Furthermore, the 2018 film titled The Predator featured several references to Alien vs. Predator such as the shurikens, mask designs, and Alexa's spear which the Predator named Scar made out of an Alien tail. An alternate ending for The Predator displaying a Weyland-Yutani Corp pod containing Ripley and Newt from Aliens (both played by Breanna Watkins) wearing a Weyland-Yutani breathing apparatus shaped like an Alien Facehugger was also intended to further connect to the Alien films.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director(s)||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Alien vs. Predator||August 13, 2004||Paul W. S. Anderson||Paul W. S. Anderson, Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett||John Davis, Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill|
|Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem||December 25, 2007||Greg and Colin Strause||Shane Salerno||John Davis, David Giler and Walter Hill|
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
In 2004, a Predator mothership arrives in Earth orbit to draw humans to an ancient Predator training ground on Bouvetøya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica. A buried pyramid giving off a "heat bloom" attracts a group of explorers led by billionaire and self-taught engineer Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen), the original founder and CEO of Weyland Industries, who unknowingly activates an Alien egg production line as a hibernating Alien Queen is awakened within the pyramid. Three Predators descend unto the planet and enters the structure, killing all humans in their way with the intention of hunting the newly formed Aliens, while the scattered explorers are captured alive by Aliens and implanted with embryos. Two Predators die in the ensuing battle with an Alien, while the third allies itself with the lone surviving human, Alexa "Lex" Woods (Sanaa Lathan), while making their way out of the pyramid as it is destroyed by the Predator's wrist bomb and eventually does battle with the escaped Alien Queen on the surface. The Queen is defeated by being dragged down by a water tower into the dark depths of the frozen sea, but not before she fatally wounds the last Predator. The orbiting Predator mothership uncloaks and the crew retrieves the fallen Predator. A Predator elder gives Lex a spear as a sign of respect, and then departs. Once in orbit it is revealed that an Alien Chestburster was present within the corpse, thus a Predalien hybrid is born.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Set immediately after the events of the previous film, the Predalien hybrid aboard the Predator scout ship, having just separated from the mothership shown in the previous film, has grown to full adult size and sets about killing the Predators aboard the ship, causing it to crash in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. The last surviving Predator activates a distress beacon containing a video recording of the Predalien, which is received by a veteran Predator on the Predator homeworld, who sets off towards Earth to "clean up" the infestation. When it arrives, the Predator tracks the Aliens into a section of the sewer below the town. He removes evidence of their presence as he moves along using a corrosive blue liquid and uses a laser net to try to contain the creatures, but the Aliens still manage to escape into the town above. The Predator fashions a plasma pistol from its remaining plasma caster and hunts Aliens all across town, accidentally cutting the power to the town in the process. During a confrontation with human survivors, the Predator loses its plasma pistol. The Predator then fights the Predalien singlehandedly, and the two mortally wound one another just as the US air force drops a tactical nuclear bomb on the town, incinerating both combatants along with the Predalien's warriors and hive, as well as the few remaining humans in the town. The salvaged plasma pistol is then taken to a Ms. Yutani of the Yutani Corporation, foreshadowing an advancement in technology leading to the future events of the Alien films.
Colin and Greg Strause were adamant that they wanted to develop Alien vs. Predator 3 during the production of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. They essentially sought to make an AVP-film in space and set in the future, but by the time they were hired, 20th Century Fox had already decided to go with Salerno’s script set on Earth. They incorporated elements of their ideas into the second film, such as the Predator home planet. In 2008 “An anonymous source over at 20th Century Fox got in touch with us over the weekend to relay the news another Aliens vs. Predator sequel is a ‘certainty’ at this point. If you recall, the brothers Strause – who helmed the Christmas release Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – stated Fox was going to take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to a third chapter, furthermore, that the story would have to continue in space.”
On October 28, 2010, io9 published an exclusive interview with the Brothers Strause in which they revealed that Alien vs. Predator 3 would have led directly into Alien. Greg Strause stated that, "The original ending for AVPR, that we pitched them, ended up on the Alien homeward [sic], 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."
When asked about the ending sequence of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, that the Predator-weapon handed to Ms. Yutani would lead to us humans developing advanced space travel technology, Greg stated, "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."
Liam O'Donnell, who worked as a visual effects consultant on Requiem, wrote a script treatment for AVP3 during the production of Requiem which was set in South Africa about fifty years in the future when global warming had melted the ice caps (and releasing the Alien Queen from Antarctica), featuring the merger and global rule of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and their development of interstellar travel based on the recovered Predator technology from Gunnison.
In 2012, What Culture stated that "surely sometime in the near future we will see a third attempt at an AVP movie" and listed five major reasons that would make a third sequel work – namely the inclusion of Colonial Marines, a strong lead character, no Predators teaming-up with humans, memorable action sequences, as well as a great director.
In 2015, having worked on the special effects of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, VFX make-up artist David Woodruff (the son of Tom Woodruff who worked on both the Alien- and Terminator-franchises) participated in an interview with TheTerminatorFans, and when asked about the situation of a third chapter in the AVP-trilogy, he stated, "I haven’t heard anything about a 3rd installment, not even rumors. This Neill Blomkamp project is the first possibility I’ve seen or heard of another Alien film and I’m all about it. I know the guys at Amalgamated Dynamics are pushing for something like this too. It’s time."
In 2015, during the London Film and Comic Con, Sigourney Weaver stated that she asked to have Ripley killed in Alien 3 because she knew that Fox were moving forward with Alien vs. Predator. Peter Briggs (writer of Alien vs. Predator) responded by praising all films in the franchise and pointing out that the AVP-films were more successful than Weaver's last two Alien-films, and noting that "There’s a terrific Alien vs. Predator movie still to be made by someone. It just hasn’t happened yet."
In mid-2018, Shane Black, the director of The Predator, tweeted his belief that a third Alien vs. Predator can still happen, indicating the studio's interest in both franchises. A ComicBookRumours.com article from July suggested Fox may attempt an "AVP Cinematic Universe" after Ridley Scott finishes making the Alien prequels, after which Fox considered a "soft reboot" to the Alien series with new/original characters, a new setting, and new timeline, which the same article also suggested, if it were to happen, could potentially take place within the same continuity as the Predator films and AVP films. Noting Predators featured an Alien skull cameo (along with other references to Aliens) and Lex Wood’s Xenomorph tail spear from Alien vs. Predator make appearance in The Predator. Alternate endings produced for The Predator displaying a Weyland-Yutani Corp pod containing Ripley and Newt (both played by Breanna Watkins) wearing a Weyland-Yutani breathing apparatus shaped like an Alien Facehugger was also intended to further connect to the Alien films.
After the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, it was confirmed at the 2019 CinemaCon that future Alien and Predator films are in development.
Cast and characters
- A V indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character.
- A C indicates a cameo appearance.
- A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
|Alien vs. Predator||Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|
|Aliens||Tom Woodruff Jr.|
|Predators||Ian Whyte||Ian Whyte|
Matthew Charles SantoroV
Bobby "Slim" Jones
|Predalien||Cameo||Tom Woodruff Jr.|
|Alexa "Lex" Woods||Sanaa Lathan|
|Charles Bishop Weyland||Lance Henriksen|
|Sebastian De Rosa||Raoul Bova|
|Graeme Miller||Ewen Bremner|
|Maxwell "Max" Stafford||Colin Salmon|
|Mark Verheiden||Tommy Flanagan|
|Joe Connors||Joseph Rye|
|Adele Rousseau||Agathe de La Boulaye|
|Thomas "Tom" Parkes||Sam Troughton|
|Rustin Quinn||Carsten Norgaard|
|Dallas Howard||Steven Pasquale|
|Kelly O'Brien||Reiko Aylesworth|
|Eddie Morales||John Ortiz|
|Ricky Howard||Johnny Lewis|
|Molly O'Brien||Ariel Gade|
|Tim O'Brien||Sam Trammell|
|Colonel Stevens||Robert Joy|
|Jesse Salinger||Kristen Hager|
|Dave Collins||David Paetkau|
|Drew Roberts||David Hornsby|
|Darcy Benson||Chelah Horsdal|
|Carrie Adams||Gina Holden|
|Deputy Ray Adams||Chris William Martin|
|Deputy Joe||James Chutter|
|Ms. Yutani||Francoise YipC|
Additional crew and production details
|Alien vs. Predator||Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|
|Director||Paul W. S. Anderson||The Brothers Strause|
Paul W.S. Anderson
Paul W.S. Anderson
|Based on||Alien |
|John Davis |
|Composer(s)||Harald Kloser||Brian Tyler|
|Cinematography||David Johnson||Daniel Pearl|
|Editor||Alexander Berner||Dan Zimmerman|
|Production companies||Davis Entertainment
|Davis Entertainment |
|Distribution||20th Century Fox|
|Duration time||101 minutes (Theatrical) / 109 minutes (Unrated)||94 minutes (Theatrical) / 101 minutes (Unrated)|
|Release date||August 13, 2004||December 25, 2007|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Budget|
|Alien vs. Predator||August 13, 2004||$80,282,231||$92,262,423||$172,544,654||$60 million|
|Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem||December 25, 2007||$41,797,066||$87,087,428||$128,884,494||$40 million|
Critical and public response
|Alien vs. Predator||20% (146 reviews)||29 (21 reviews)||B|
|Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem||11% (74 reviews)||29 (14 reviews)||C|
Alien vs. Predator
|BMI Film Music Award||BMI Film Music Award||Harald Kloser||Won|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Prequel or Sequel||Nominated|
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||The Alien vs. the Predator||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Prequel or Sequel||Nominated|
|Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie||Nominated|
|The Ultimate Alien & Predator Collection||DVD||2007||Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator|||
|AVP: Aliens vs. Predator - Unrated 2-Pack||Blu-ray||2008||Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|||
|AVP - Collector's Boxset||Blu-ray||2008||Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|||
|Alien/Predator: Total Destruction - The Ultimate DVD Collection||DVD||2008||Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|||
|Alien/Predator: Total Destruction Collection||DVD||2008||Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|||
|Alien/AVP/Predator - The Ultimate Annihilation: Nine Movie Collection||Blu-ray||2011||Alien, Aliens, Predator, Predator 2, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Predators|||
|AVP: 2 Movie Pack||DVD||October 1, 2012||Alien vs. Predator, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|||
Several novelizations based upon the movies have been released.
- Aliens vs. Predator: Prey (1994) by Steve Perry
- Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet (1994) by Dave Bischoff
- Aliens vs. Predator: War (1999) by S.D. Perry
- Alien vs. Predator: The Movie Novelization (2004) by Marc Cerasini
- Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon (2016) by Tim Lebbon
- The Complete Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus – collects Prey, Hunter's Planet and War (Titan Books, November 2016, ISBN 1-78565-199-4)
Dark Horse Comics published various lines based on the franchise. The Fire and Stone (2014-2015) and Life and Death (2016-2017) series further explored what happened in the Alien, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, and Prometheus universe following the events of the 2012 film Prometheus.
Other books expanding this fictional universe has been released through the years, and also such that depict the background to the films, including works by special effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI) which has worked with both the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator films.
- Aliens versus Predator: Prima's Official Strategy Guide (1999)
- Aliens versus Predator: Gold Edition: Prima's Official Strategy Guide (2000)
- Aliens versus Predator 2: Prima's Official Strategy Guide (2001)
- Alien vs. Predator: The Creature Effects of ADI (by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Design Studio Press, August 2004, ISBN 0-9726676-5-2)
- Aliens/Predator: Panel to Panel (2006)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Inside the Monster Shop (by Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Design Studio Press, December 2007, ISBN 1-933492-55-4, Titan Books, January 2008, ISBN 1-84576-909-0)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Bradygames Official Strategy Guide (2010)
Game Boy version Alien vs Predator: The Last of His Clan was Developed by ASK Kodansha.
An Alien vs. Predator arcade beat 'em up game was released by Capcom in 1994. Two other Alien vs Predator games were also published by Activision for the SNES and Game Boy in 1993. There were also several Alien vs. Predator mobile games, and two cancelled titles for the Atari Lynx and Game Boy Advance.
In 1994, Atari Corporation released the Rebellion Developments-developed first-person shooter Alien vs Predator for the Atari Jaguar, in which one could play as a Marine, Predator or Alien. Rebellion then went on to develop the similarly themed 1999's Aliens versus Predator for the PC. This was followed by, among others, Aliens versus Predator 2 and the expansion pack Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt. In 2010, Sega released a reboot, Aliens vs. Predator, a multiplatform first-person shooter also made by Rebellion and tied into the timeline of the live-action films.
Both Alien and Predator appear as downloadable characters in Mortal Kombat X (2015).
Zen Studios developed and released a virtual pinball based upon the 1986 film Aliens, the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator, and the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation in the Aliens vs. Pinball collection, available as an add-on pack for Zen Pinball 2, Pinball FX 2 and Pinball FX 3 on April 26, 2016. The three tables features 3-D animated figures of Ellen Ripley, Alexa Woods, Amanda Ripley, the Alien, and the Predator.
- Aliens/Predator (1997)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Alien Resurrection Expansion Set (1998)
- Aliens vs. Predator (2010)
- AVP: The Hunt Begins (2015) - In 2013, Prodos obtained the license from 20th Century Fox to do a boardgame and successfully funded it on Kickstarter.
- AVP: Alien Warriors (2015)
- Clue: Alien vs. Predator (2016)
- AVP: Unleashed (2017)
- AVP: Evolved Aliens (2018)
- AVP: Hot Landing Zone (2019)
During the 1980s and 1990s, Halcyon Models released seventeen Alien model kits, beginning in 1987, as well as a Predator 2 model kit in 1994.
In 1994, Kenner released a collection of action figures known as Aliens vs. Predator. This followed the two initial series of Aliens that were based on an animated series, Operation: Aliens, that was never broadcast. As such, the inclusion of Predator is often considered the 3rd and 4th series of the Aliens line. This collection includes several Aliens, many of which feature built-in attack features, and Predators, which include removable masks and battle weapons such as spears and missile launchers. The figures generally possess 5 points of articulation, and some include a mini Dark Horse comic book.
While the collection as a whole is known as Aliens vs. Predator, the two character types have their own card art that only features the character at hand. An exception would be the Aliens vs. Predator 2-pack. Since human space marines were included in the initial Aliens line, the Predator was marketed as an alternative enemy to the Aliens. A figure cardback reads: "The stage is set for the universe's two most ferocious enemies. It's the gruesome and evil Aliens against the big-game hunter Predator. Who will win... the beast or the hunter? Can the Predator stop the evil Aliens before the galaxy is destroyed?!?!?!"
In 1998, Kay Bee Toys released the Kenner produced Aliens: Hive Wars line featuring Aliens, Marines, and Predators. More figures, including a female Predator and an Alien/Predator/Smash Mason 3-pack, were designed for this series but never released as part of the line.
Six sets of Aliens and Predator Micro Machines were also planned by Galoob in 1995 but never released. This would have also included the LV-426/Outer World Station Action Fleet Playset. Thanks in part to the research of toy collectors, many photos of these unreleased toys and prototypes have shown up online in recent years.
In December 2002, McFarlane Toys released a highly detailed Alien vs. Predator deluxe set. In 2004, they produced a series of figures based on the Alien vs. Predator film. Alongside the articulated figures, McFarlane also released statuesque display sets depicting scenes from the film.
In 2013, a line of ReAction Figures Alien and Predator toys were produced.
Originally having produced figures based on the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, Hiya Toys has also released figures based on Predator, Predator 2, and Alien: Covenant.
Funko Pop! Vinyl currently produces ongoing lines of Alien, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, and Prometheus figures.
Minimates produces ongoing lines of Aliens, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, and Prometheus figures.
Loot Crate and Titans Vinyl Figures have collaborated in producing several figures and other merchandise based on characters and creatures from the Alien, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, and Prometheus universe.
Eaglemoss Collections currently produces the ongoing Alien & Predator line of figures based on characters and creatures from all twelve films in the Alien, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, and Prometheus universe.
Theme park attractions
On August 4, 2014, Universal Studios confirmed that there will be haunted mazes based on Alien vs. Predator for their Halloween Horror Nights events at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida.
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