Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Three full days without blogging! Oh no.

Here's a nice little tidbit: The movie Aliens vs. Predator will most likely be made here in Prague starting in October, which of course just further cements Prague's position as a mecca for comic-book adaptations and monster movies, as I wrote here. (Note the totally unspecified "sources," a journalistic no-no in most other fields. But it's all true, I swear.)

The whole saga of this dubious combination of the Alien and Predator franchises, driven by the success of the comic book and the video game, can be found here. Apparently Sigourney Weaver was horrified that anybody was even contemplating such a film. Even profit-hungry studio execs were initially concerned about "diluting" the brand cachet of these beasties. Alas, they finally caved when the runaway success of the Aliens vs. Predator video came made a movie adaptation all but inevitable. Thank goodness they've come to their senses.

Didn't things used to be the other way around? Movie first, then video game? Off the top of my head I can't think of any other video games that have been made into movies except for Mortal Kombat, which was directed by the same guy, Paul Anderson (not to be confused wioth P.T. Anderson) who's coming to Prague to do Aliens vs. Predator.


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