MAJOR TEAM FORMS
FOR ALIEN PIC
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[ July 15th 2002 ]
about a clash of the titans: Producers John Davis,
David Giler, Lawrence Gordon, Walter Hill and
Joel Silver have brought aboard Resident Evil
helmer Paul Anderson to write and direct Alien
vs. Predator for 20th Century Fox. Davis, Gordon
and Silver come to the project via Predator, which
was released in 1987 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Giler and Hill produced the first four installments
of the Alien franchise.
Resident Evil, however, this film has its roots
in a popular videogame. Fox Interactive published
Aliens vs. Predator in 1999 and released its sequel,
Aliens vs. Predator 2, last year. Pic is the tale
of human scientists on a distant planet who, once
again, make the mistake of experimenting on aliens
and predators. Story centers on a scientist who
foolishly hatches alien eggs to create an environment
attractive to predators. Credits for the U.K.-born
Anderson also include Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon
and Soldier. He's repped by ICM.
Davis' next production is the Eddie Murphy starrer
Daddy Day Care, to be released by Columbia Pictures
on Memorial Day weekend 2003. His recent credits
also include Life or Something Like It, Behind
Enemy Lines and Dr. Dolittle 2. Gordon most recently
produced Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for Paramount
Pictures. Giler and Hill most recently teamed
on Undisputed, which will be released by Miramax
Silver's next motion picutre is Warner Bros. Pictures'
The Matrix Reloaded, to be followed shortly by
The Matrix Revolutions. The 1979 Alien earned
$78.9 million domestic gross; Aliens (1986), $85.2
million; Alien 3 (1992), $55.5 million; and Alien:
Resurrection (1997) $47.8 million. Predator earned
$59.7 million domestic in 1987, and Predator 2
took $30.7 million in 1990.