The cursed series that united two of the best monsters in science fiction cinema and that we will never be able to see: why Disney buried an anime that promised to be historic in a safe
Nobody doubts that Alien and Predator They are one of the best monsters that science fiction cinema has given us. It’s true that the two have already crossed paths in two movies, but neither of them lived up to what one would expect from such an epic showdown. What perhaps some of us know is that they were also called to face an anime in the form of a series that Disney buried in his safe after buying Fox.
“She is ready”
The project of an anime of ‘Alien vs. Predator’ was born when ‘Alien Covenant’ was still nothing more than an idea of Ridley Scott and ‘Predator’ didn’t exist yet. Joshua Izoa former head of licensing for 20th Century Fox, sold the idea, noting that the company had owned a multitude of comics featuring both characters over the years.
The initial plan was for it to premiere on television in Japan and launch it directly to the domestic market in the rest of the world.but that never happened, as Izzo himself has recently highlighted:
At Disney at 20th studios there are 10 episodes of an Alien vs. Predator that I produced. It’s finished. She is ready. It is mixed; it is finished. It was produced and conceived by Eric Calderon and Dave Baker, two incredibly talented guys.
At the time it was confirmed that the director of this series of ‘Alien vs. Predator’ was going to be shinji aramaki (‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus’), something that was never confirmed, nor was it so clearly confirmed that this anime was ready to be released and that it was simply Disney that refused to do so. Of course, we have more details about her, because Izzo has also revealed where he would have been located within the saga:
It’s set very far in the future, and so we said “it’s not going to compete with anything that’s happening in the timeline of the movies.” So if we ever want to do another movie or tell any of the Earth stories, that’s all good. It will not overlap, nothing will happen.
Unfortunately, the series was never released, probably in part due to the commercial failures suffered by ‘Alien: Covenant’ and ‘Predator’, to which must be added the collapse of the physical format market with the rise of streaming, so getting benefits that way seemed complicated. And the idea of selling it to Netflix didn’t sound too good to Disney either…
All this led to Disney choosing to do a reset of both franchises. In fact, we have already seen the first results of it with the remarkable ‘Predator: The Prey’, while of ‘alien’ there is a series underway led by noah hawley (‘Legion’) and a film directed by Fede Alvarez (‘Do not breathe’).
It will be necessary to see if this new information allows us to see this anime of ‘Alien vs. Predator’, but I would not count on itthat too many years have passed for Disney to change their minds.