Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Alexandro Jodorowsky
In the mid 1970s, surrealist filmmaker Jodorowsky worked to put together his dream version of Dune – which would include many bizarre elements that author Frank Herbert understandably had problems with. He assembled a dream team of collaborators. French comic artist Moebius contributed some 3000 storyboards. British painter Christopher Foss and Swiss artist H.R. Giger were brought in as conceptual artists. Dan O’Bannon, who did sci-fi on the cheap with Dark Star, would do miniature effects. The film would be scored by Pink Floyd. And the mad Emperor of the Galaxy would be played by Salvador Dali. Unfortunately, big budget sci-fi was considered risky at the time. When Jodorowsky’s Dune fell apart, Moebius, Foss, O’Bannon, and Giger went on to work on Alien. Dune (directed by David Lynch) was eventually made after the success of the Star Wars movies, Alien, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Read Jodorowsky’s behind-the-scenes essay: The Story of Dune- ‘The Movie You Will Never See. Hosted by Hotweird.com.

Aliens Vs. Predator
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Peter Briggs
This script was written as a spec, based on the Dark Horse comic. Briggs didn’t option the property first (as is the accepted practice), but the script was actually purchased by Fox anyway. Things fell apart when they decided to go ahead with Alien Resurrection instead. The final Alien vs. Predator utilizes a new script by Paul W. S. Anderson. It takes place in Antarctica and has little to do with the Briggs screenplay. Notice the original title was “Aliens (plural) vs. Predator”.

Download screenplay

Alien 5
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

Treatment by James Cameron and ???
After Alien Resurrection, Ridley Scott and James Cameron discussed doing another sequel. Cameron and another writer (name?) worked up some ideas, but the project was scrapped when Alien Vs. Predator moved forward. Cameron mentions his involvement briefly in an Ain’t it Cool interview here.

Alien 3
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

From monks to prisoners, this sequel had a strange up and down journey. (Personally, I never forgave them for killing off Hicks and Newt before the plot even kicked in.) It’s unclear to me who wrote the first draft, seeing how there’s one credited to Twohy and one to Ward and Fasano. Perhaps multiple writers were commissioned at the same time?

Alien III (revised first draft) by William Gibson
Alien 3 (unspecified draft) by Eric Red
Alien III (first draft) by David Twohy
Alien III (first draft) by John Fasano and Vincent Ward
Alien III (revision of Hill/Giler 12/90 draft) by Rex Pickett
Alien III (final draft) by Walter Hill and David Giler

Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Robert Rodriguez

While waiting for the greenlight on Desperado, Rodriguez was commissioned to write the third Predator movie. Since the Aliens and Predator franchises merged, there seemed to be little chance this one would be made. But in April 2009, Variety reported that the project was back on the table.

Read a script review at Screenwriter’s Utopia.

From Robert Rodriguez, in an interview at Moviehole.net:

…And it was really a cool script, it’s floating around somewhere. But it’s huge, and will never be made, the studio edited it and said there’s no way we can make this, this would cost — even at that time — 150 million, and no women would ever go see this movie.”

According to a 2009 story in Variety:

For Fox, Rodriguez has scripted “Predators,” a film that will bring back the dreadlock-sporting alien hunter who originated in the Arnold Schwarzenegger hit “Predator.” While a sequel didn’t become a hit, Fox kept the alien sharp by launching the “Alien Vs. Predator,” a wildly profitable series that has racked up strong grosses and DVD sales, wit little or no gross out the door.

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