Clash of the Titans Confirmed

I must be stuck in an all too pleasant nightmare where “Freddy vs. Jason” is a reality, and “Aliens vs. Predator” is about to become a movie. Somebody pinch me…

Hey, that didn’t help. Could it be that this is all true? Not one but two of this century’s most mooted movies [or should I say two ideas ‘too good to be true’] finally happening.

Ok, so they did announce “Aliens vs. Predator” a couple of years back. But even then, I was a little dubious as to whether it would actually happen or not. But today, the grandest news of all… “Aliens vs. Predator” will commence filming in October.

Both Cinescape and FilmJerk are reporting that the film [which Paul W.S Anderson was attached to] is gathering steam, so much so, that the latter site confirms a late 2003 start date.

The scooper for Cinescape says "I am a flight attendant for a major airline and on my flight from LA to Chicago today, I saw a man reading a script. I thought he was an actor and read over his shoulder only to see the words Alien and Predator in the script! I later approached him and asked him what he was reading and he let me know openly that it was the first draft for a new movie! So, I then apologized for reading over his shoulder and asked him if it was for the Alien Vs. Predator movie?? He said yeah and that the first draft was really good! The cover was white and simply stated A. v. P. written by Wes? (trying to remember the first name) Anderson.

"I saw the name Rex in the script many times so I would assume it is a major character. I read a few lines of a major battle between the Alien and Predator and it sounded great! The alien gets a good stab in with his tail into the Predator. The guy apparently works for Mr. Anderson who is writing and directing and should start shooting late this Fall for a 2004ish release he said. Casting is happening right now, no names yet though. He said that it was just a first draft, but that it was great! He did let me know that it takes place in Present Day and has all new characters… so NO Ripley this time. It’s like a series of its own, not really a sequel to either the Predator or Alien series. He also said that a portion of it takes place in Antarctica and is underground in the ice caves."

FilmJerk also has details on some of the characters to be appear in the film [sadly no mention of Dutch or Ripley]. Says the site, “the story looks to involve human scientists going on an expedition to Antarctica to lure Predator hunters, using Alien eggs as bait. Of course, these plans quickly goes awry and the humans find themselves in the crossfire between two warring alien species.”

Among the characters are:

Alexia “Lex” Homer: In her late 20s, Lex is stunning, buff, courageous, and intelligent, as well as the heroine of this film. She is an environmental researcher hired by Weyland Industries to keep everyone on the expedition “alive,” as the head of the company puts it. A tough cookie, with a good sense of humor, she has a history of guts and glory having been the youngest to climb Mount Everest without oxygen tanks. Lex is initially second in command to Max Stafford, but when all hell breaks loose, she must assume full leadership of the remaining crew. She is not only a survivor, but a true warrior as well.

Sebastian Wells: Wells is an American archeologist in his early 30s who is very passionate about his work. Described as “unshaven and rumpled, yet also handsome and charming,” Sebastian joins the team and has an instant chemistry with Lex. His expertise, and fervid beliefs often has him butting heads with his boss, whom he feels has his priorities askew.

Verheiden: A tanned, muscular European, Verheiden is an Egyptologist who is just as much “at home with manual labor as with a text book.” He also has a romantic history with Lex, which ended rather precariously. This is evident when they are reunited on Weyland’s team, and Verheiden notices that Sebastian is his likely rival. The casting agents are looking for someone who speaks with a strong accent.

Charles Weyland: In his early 40s, Weyland is a driven billionaire industrialist with blue eyes and shock of dark black hair, giving him the air of a sportsman or movie star. This zealous, all-knowing patron of science has a secret beneath his virile bravado and cultured manner: He is dying of cancer. He is a man rapidly decaying, with his signature 9-iron golf club really serves as his cane and his cataracts disguised by blue contact lenses. Weyland has no intention of dying without first leaving a legacy for humankind. He finances the expedition, chooses its team members and insists on coming along— no matter what the consequence to his health.

Max Stafford: An “elegant, handsome man of Afro-Caribbean descent,” he is well over 6 feet tall and speaks with a clipped, precise English accent. Max is Charles Weyland’s right arm – a loyal spokesman and ex-soldier whose job is to assemble and lead the expedition team.

Quinn: He is muscular, arrogant and brutish, a leathery skinned Texan who is in charge of the expedition’s drill team. Quinn must face the aliens alone, and ends up narrowly escaping death. According to the character notes, his second confrontation with the enemy doesn’t go nearly as well, it seems.

Miller: A dedicated scientist who looks the part. He wears thick glasses, and his age is undeterminable. He’s also a bit clumsy and is self-effacing and awkward around women – something Lex notices firsthand. A chemical engineer, Miller is an integral part of the expedition whose astute observations and knowledge of metallurgy help unlock the mystery behind Weyland’s discovery.

Bring it On!