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Alien vs Predator 3: Rumors and Speculation (2022)

By | Published November 27, 2017

There have been some rumors and confusion about a possible Alien vs Predator 3. Some confusion is due to the title because there has already been an Aliens vs Predator 3 video game (although it was mostly marketed as Aliens vs Predator). Here is an overview of the rumors and the speculation for the movie sequel, and the status of the franchise under Disney.

A Sequel to Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

Yautja Prime as a possibility in Alien vs Predator 3

The Aliens vs Predator: Requiem movie (also known as Alien vs Predator 2) left the door open for a sequel. In the story, a woman named Yutani was introduced and hinted at a Weyland and Yutani merger process. Also, several main characters were left alive at the end of the movie (although the lead Predator died). One of the best things in the movie was seeing the Predator homeworld (see picture below) which could also be included in the new movie. The directors of the movie - the Strauss brothers have shown interest in making the sequel and making it in the future, with the action happening in space (this would enable them to use Colonial Marines as well). Aliens vs Predator: Requiem did not do well critically or financially, so the idea is mostly buried. We can be sure that Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis would be involved with Alien vs Predator 3 if ever made. Ridley Scott and James Cameron have expressed their dislike of the AvP series in several interviews. As long as Ridley Scott is still active with the series, it will hinder the possibility of Alien vs Predator 3 happening.

The Hunt: Alien vs Predator - Peter Bigg's Unproduced Script

Broken Tusk fights Aliens in scene that would be great in Alien vs Predator 3

The Hunt: Alien vs Predator was a 1991 script draft written by Peter Briggs (one of the writers of the first Hellboy movie). Briggs was the first person to undertake the project, although after his script was rejected the development of the film would stall for almost a decade until Paul W. S. Anderson picked it up. His script bears no relation to Alien vs Predator as it was ultimately made, and is instead based more closely on the original Aliens vs Predator comic book by Dark Horse Comics written in 1990. The script is very good and would be a great basis for the possible AvP 3 movie. It is set in the future and finally includes the Colonial Marines. It is available to read in HorrorLair.

Aliens vs Predator 3: The Video Game

Xenomorph Prime Hiveworld as a possibility in Alien vs Predator 3

In 2010, Sega released a sequel to Aliens vs Predator 2, titled just Aliens vs Predator. Rebellion, the developers of the first game in the series, returned to develop it. The action takes place on a jungle planet named BG-386. There is a secret research facility run by Carl Bishop Weyland, who is actually an android based on Peter Weyland, the character from the first AvP movie. Lance Hendriksen also returns to give a voice to him. The ending of the game hints heavily at the presence of a Xenomorph Hiveworld (origin planet of the Aliens). Of course, the Predators are interested in going hunting on the planet and the humans are interested in the research and bioweapons possibilities. The planet is seen on a Predator ship scanner and seems to be a lava and rock-based planet, similar to LV-426. The game is heavily influenced by the 2 AvP movies and can be considered Alien vs Predator 3 in game form.

Alien vs. Predator Under Disney

Aliens vs. Predators: Ultimate Prey by Titan Books, license owned by Disney

When Disney bought 20th Century Fox in 2020, it inherited the rights to the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator franchises. The directions for the first two are clear, with Alien getting a TV show in 2023 by Noah Hawley and Predator releasing a new movie in the summer of 2022 - Predator: Prey by Dan Trachtenberg. The Predator franchise is further complicated by a court case driven by Jim and John Thomas, wanting to revert the rights to the first movie back to themselves. There has not been much movement in terms of Alien vs. Predator, besides a new book being released in 2022 - Aliens vs. Predators: Ultimate Prey. The book will be an anthology of fifteen stories, spanning different time periods and locations, including Earth. If the book does well and the Predator franchise legal troubles are resolved, perhaps we could reach an announcement for Alien vs. Predator 3 in a few years.

Want to know more about Alien vs. Predator? Check out the list of the Predator vs. Alien Queen fights and take a look at the Alien timeline, which also includes events from the AvP movies.

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