Future of Aliens and Predator Under Disney

There’s a rumor going around that Disney is not gonna pursue any Fox projects that are not family oriented, which has scared people to think that this is the end of the Alien and Predator franchises. I was a little worried about that myself. But I think we might be overreacting. I don’t think that Disney is just gonna take the Alien and Predator franchises and put them in a box and forget about them. I mean, they’re both profitable franchises, and if they’ll make money, they’ll probably do them. I mean, sure the last Alien movies didn’t really do well, but neither did the last two Terminator movies and they’re still making make more. Maybe under different studios and different continuities, but they’re still making them. I think what they’re probably gonna do is simply make more movies, but keep the Fox logo to release them under, like how they release the Avengers movies under Marvel Studios or the Star Wars movies under LucasFilm, notice you don’t see the Disney logo at the beginning of either of those franchises. Or, they’ll probably just sell the rights to someone else. Not to mention, don’t they have parent companies so they can profit from non family oriented movies like TouchStone?

Point being, I don’t think this is the end of the Alien and Predator franchises, I’m sure something will get them back on the big screen. Like the Jurassic Park line “life finds a way.”

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Friday the 13th: The Birth of Jason

I haven’t posted anything in awhile cause I’ve been busy making my animated movies and I couldn’t think of anything to post that I haven’t already posted. But I got something.

I had a debate one time with my brother about, when did Jason first become supernatural? I argued that he didn’t become supernatural until Part 6, because he was revived by a lightning bolt, but my brother argues that in the third movie, Jason got hit in the head with an ax and came back in Part 4 saying that no normal man could survive that.

Also, I love the ending of the first movie, but, it doesn’t really make much sense to me. I mean, was it a dream? Was it not a dream? I mean, Alice seemed to think it wasn’t with her parting line “then he’s still there.” But also, since they made a sequel, it doesn’t make much sense because Jason came out of the water as a child and in the sequel he’s a full grown man.

But I have a new theory, I was at a comic book convention where a friend of mine bought me a Friday the 13th trivia book, where the Forward was written by Ari Lehman, the first Jason, who came out of the water and grabbed Alice at the end of the first film. In the Forward, he said that he thought that Jason came back to life after his mother’s blood hit the lake and that’s was the birth of Jason. So that the ending of Part 1 wasn’t a dream, that after his mother’s death, it brought Jason back to life to rise out of the lake and grab Alice. After she managed to get away from him, he emerged from the lake, and grew into a full grown man. The idea is that Jason’s evil is so powerful that he can take on a hulking form, he’s a force of nature. I mean, I know it doesn’t make sense, but then again, it also doesn’t make sense that he just can’t die. So if his evil is so powerful that he can’t die, I think it stands to reason that he could take on a hulking form. I actually ran this by someone, and he theorized that maybe Jason grew into a teacher between Part 1 and Part 2, because there’s a 5 year gab between those movies. I mean, his theory is just as good as mine.

One evidence to this theory, is that in Part 6, Tommy Jarvis tries to kill Jason for good by submerging him into the lake, saying that Jason cannot be at peace until he is back in his original resting place, the original place he died, which was under the lake. He’s claiming that Jason died for the first time when he drowned as a child. And again, how can he drown as a child and then grow into a full grown adult. Both of those theories of him growing into full grown man stands to explain that Jason came back to life when he came out of the lake and grabbed Alice and that he has always been supernatural.

I think it’s a pretty good theory and I love the idea that Jason came back to life in response to his mother’s death and I think it make the ending of the first movie make sense. At least in my opinion. I even plan to make an animated movie of this idea someday when I finish my third animated feature. I got this vision of Jason’s mother getting decapitated and a drop of her blood hitting the lake, and the blood snakes through the water and finds Jason’s skeleton, and consumes him where he grows back his organs and flesh, and then attacking Alice. Then growing into a full grown man, with his mother’s voice saying like “I have given you the power to take your revenge!”

Halloween Deboot

First I wanna start with, what is a “deboot.” It’s a word that was coined in the Simpsons that I think describes this new Halloween movie. In the Simpsons, they were talking about the new Radioactive Man, Carl and Lenny describe it like so:

“It’s a sequel.”
“No, it’s a reboot.”
“No, it’s a sequel that undoes the last movie.”
“It’s a deboot.”

So any movie that retcons other sequels, I call deboots, like how this movie retcons all the Halloween sequels. So in this movie, since Halloween 2 never happened, Michael and Laurie are not brother and sister anymore. Even though I love all the Halloween movies (except 3 and Zombie’s H2 of course), especially Halloween 2 and, I also love H20, it was one of my favorite sequels, anyway, I’m kinda glad that they’re retconning Halloween 2. Because Halloween 2 was the movie that suddenly made Laurie and Michael brother and sister. I mean it’s an interesting idea, but I talked about this before, that I felt that the first Halloween was really scary because Michael started stalking Laurie Strode and her friends for no reason. In fact, without Halloween 2, Michael didn’t start stalking Laurie and tried to kill her until he saw her drop off the key at his place. And that’s why I love Michael, he has no rhyme or reason why he kills or why he tried to kill Laurie. And I find that scary that he had no reason, he’s just a killer. But then the sequel came out and we find out they’re brother and sister and that’s why he went after her. Ever since then, he started chasing after a blood relative, in Halloween 4 and 5 he was after his niece, then her baby in Halloween 6, then in H20, which retconned 4-6, he goes after Laurie because they’re brother and sister, and finishes her off in Resurrection. So the whole franchise was all about him trying to kill a relative, and I always wondered what if the series didn’t go in that direction. And again, I like that Michael is trying to kill Laurie Strode for no reason, and I find that scary. Like the line in Scream “it’s a lot scarier when there’s no motive.” Not to mention, John Carpenter said that he only did it because he wanted a reason why Michael would continue pursuing her while the city is on a manhunt for him. And he said he was drunk when he wrote it. So as much as I like Halloween 2 and H20, I think it’s good they’re going back to the idea that it’s just random, I think that would make it a good movie.

Whodunnit TV Series

I had been thinking of the series Harper’s Island. I thought it was a good show, and I enjoyed watching it. I liked the formula, where everyone is a suspect, that every episode would have a death of one of the characters, and one of them is the killer. I liked it a lot, I especially liked the main character, Elaine Cassidy, she was adorable. There was only one mistake I feel they made.

SPOILERS

The killer wasn’t someone you can guess.

The killer turned out to be someone who wasn’t one of the suspects, I mean, sure one of the suspects turned out to be his accomplice, who ends up killing the killer. But again, I think that’s kinda a cheat. But I still like it.

But point being, I think there should be a whodunnit series where you have a cast of characters, each episode a character gets killed off, and one of the characters is the killer, for real. Again, I hate in whodunnits where the killer isn’t someone you can guess, like I Know What You Did Last Summer. I mean, it’s still a good movie, but I like trying to guess who the killer is, that’s half the fun.

I actually thought of a Friday the 13th Whodunnit idea where Jason would possess someone every year and you have to guess who Jason is, and it would kinda be like a Wolf Man thing, where they actually change into Jason. It could be cool. I know, it sounds like Friday the 13th New Beginning and Jason Goes to Hell, yeah I’m sure most people would think you shouldn’t draw inspiration from the worst Jason movies.

Expanded Universes

I need to get this off my chance. I’ve been confronted by people who chew me out about things regarding expanded universes in franchises like Aliens and Terminator and Star Wars. People giving me crap about how what’s canon and what’s not, like how Disney threw out the original expanded universe or your theory is wrong because the novelization says this. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that expanded universes are never canon. The next movie will always retcon it. Studios don’t research every piece of medium of their franchise and say “we can’t do this totally awesome thing, because it contradicts this book that very little people have read” it doesn’t work that way.

I mean case and point, the Aliens comic books that were released after Aliens showed the further adventures of Newt, Hicks, and Ripley, which inspired my stories. But Alien3 came out said that Newt and Hicks died, and they reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie and Hicks became Wilks. Cheap. See, they didn’t research those comics and say “we can’t kill off Ripley, Newt, and Hicks because it contradicts these comic books.” See, they have never cared and never will, which is why expanded universes have never mattered and never will.

Not to say they’re bad stories, they’re all great stories, but you shouldn’t write them as canon, because once the next movie comes out, they’re gonna pretend they never happened.

One guy I knew threw a shit fit because Robert Rodriguez said he drew no inspiration from the Predator comic books when he produced Predators. Excuse him for only wanting to go by the movie, the only thing he felt anyone should draw inspiration from.

Continuity is subjective these days. Some people don’t like the new canon that Disney has established when they bought Star Wars. But guess what, I don’t care. I never read those books, I only go by the movies. I have a system, I only go by Good and Official. Expanded Universes can be Good, but they’re not movies, so they’re not Official. Only the movies are Official, but if they’re not Good, then I don’t consider them canon. Like Alien and Aliens, they’re Good and Official, Alien3 is a movie so it’s Official, but it sucks, so it’s not canon in my opinion.

And novelizations aren’t canon, they’re the reverse of movies based on books. They don’t sync with each other, if they’re not in sync, then how do you consider them in the same continuity. This just so irritates me about people bitch at me about things regarding continuity. I only go by the good movies, nothing else.

Terminator Ideas

Lately I’ve been contemplating on how Terminator Salvation could’ve been improved. I mean, the story was conceived on the idea of protecting Kyle Reese in the future instead of protecting Sarah or John Connor in the past. But then it tried to be like Total Recall, about a spy who didn’t know he was a spy to bring down the Resistance.

One idea I had thought of was that, maybe Marcus could’ve have been advanced Terminator sent by John to find Kyle Reese, because Reese wouldn’t trust a Terminator, and Connor made him more humans to help find Kyle Reese. I said that before. But I was kinda wondering about another idea.

I had thought of this idea from a Batman cartoon and a Justice League (animated series) comic book, where an infiltrator: one a robot one a shapeshifting alien had been programmed so well at impersonating this person that they bought their own cover. In the Batman cartoon, it was a robot who was built to bring the end of the human race, like Skynet, but he was built so much like Batman that he thought he was Batman. And in the Justice League comic book, a shapeshifting alien had impersonated Martian Manhunter that he thought he was the Martian.

So I had thought of this idea for a Terminator, who was programmed to infiltrate the Resistance, but he did so well, that he thought he was human and just can’t grasp the concept that he’s not human. Like he’s under the impression that his mind was put in a robot’s body, even though there are inconsistencies in his memory, like his first kiss, his favorite song, or his last good meal. I mean, that must be really messed up. It’s like a Total Recall meets Blade Runner. It’s just a great concept. When he realizes why he was created, he has a chance to pull the trigger, but doesn’t because again, he’s been built so well to pass for a good man, he became one.

I mean, again, I like the concept that Salvation was conceived around the idea of protecting Kyle Reese. But I also like the idea that Marcus was a spy who didn’t know he was a spy in order to kill John Connor. But I don’t think you can do both, also how do you do it without it sounding convoluted. That’s what happened with Salvation. Again, how could Salvation could’ve been fixed? Again, how could it be made more like Total Recall, because Total Recall’s plan of a spy who didn’t know he was a spy was thought out. At least from my point of view. I mean, better thought out than Salvation, again, why Skynet didn’t just kill Kyle Reese just doesn’t work.

Star Fox: The Animated Series

I’m an uncle, I have a four year old nephew, his mother is my twin sister. I love that kid a lot. He is a little sweetheart. And I was thinking, I wanna make something animated for him, since all my stuff is for adults like Aliens or Friday the 13th. So I wanna make something for my little nephew to see. I think that’s how Robert Rodriguez thought when he made kids movies. So I remember something from my childhood that he would like, Star Fox. That was my Nintendo jam. I never really got into Mario, I love Zelda, but I prefer to watch my brother play that game, but Star Fox were the games I played. I think my first video game I enjoyed playing was Star Fox 64, one of my favorites. I love the characters and it’s such a great storyline, feels like a mix of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, with talking animals. So I thought, if I could do a Star Fox Series, I’d do it like this.

My pilot would tell the story of the Lylat System, governed by the Cornarian Republic, where the mad scientist, Andross, after being banished, forms his own Empire composed of criminals, pirates, and mercenaries. The Star Fox team, consisting of Peppy Hare, Pigma Dangar, and leader James McCloud fought in the war to stop the Andross Empire. But in the final invasion of the planet Venom, the Andross Empire capital, Pigma betrayed them, James was killed, and Peppy barely escaped. Finally an uneasy truce was made between the Cornarian Republic and the Andross Empire.

Years later, James McCloud’s son Fox lives on his father’s ship Great Fox with his friend Slippy Toad, his robot Rob64, and Peppy, who raised him since his father’s death. They do various odd jobs around the Lylat System like the Firefly crew, while his father’s Arwings are left to gather dust in the hangar. They decide to take on passengers: a blue fox Krystal, a bird Falco, and a chimp Andrew. Along the way, they discover that Andrew is a spy for the Andross Empire, even Andross’ nephew, who is after Krystal. After Andrew escapes, Krystal explains that she is a reader (psychic), and her planet was destroyed by the Andross Empire’s super weapon, and they’re planning to attack Cornaria, the Cornarian Capital. So Fox brings the Arwings out of retirement, and his friends defend Cornaria against the Andross fighters. When they discover Andross’ super weapon is actually Andross himself, who he converted his body into a giant head and hands. They fight him off and Krystal reads his mind to discover his weakness, and they fire a bomb into his mouth and blow him up.

Afterward, Cornaria thank Fox and his friends, General Pepper of the Cornarian Army and old friend of James McCloud offers him to join the Cornarian Army. But Fox turns him down saying “we prefer doing things are own way.” Little did they know, Andross’ brain is recovered by Andrew and brought back to Venom. Fox has now reestablished the Star Fox team and he and his friends travel the Lylat System looking for people in trouble to help. It’s like Firefly meets Disney’s Robin Hood.

And of course Star Wolf would be brought in as Andross’ anti-Star Fox team and I thought of other characters to bring in like Kat and the dinosaurs from Dinosaur Planet and the evil General Scales. Which I thought Scales would be a great character to bring in. I would also like to bring in Bill, but I need to find a model of him.

That’s what I got, I hope to make it someday before my nephew gets too old. But I got a job and fans hounding me for my next Aliens movies. As crazy as it sounds.