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Strause Brothers Talk AvP-REQUIEM

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     September 12, 2007
Source: MTV


An alien facing off against a Predator in ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM(2007).
© Fox

There are SPOILERS inside the link in this article but the genre fans who hated the original ALIENS VS PREDATOR will enjoy this bit of news. The directors behind the sequel, ALIENS VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM, have spoken to MTV about quite a few details with the upcoming installment. In the course of this interview, Colin and Greg Strause, even snuck in a few jabs at Anderson's expense and talked about facing an uphill battle with all the negativity regarding the first film.

"The studio knew that, although the last movie made a lot of money, it didn't really resonate solidly with the fans," admitted Greg Strause, one-half of the filmmaking duo billed as the Brothers Strause. "To get the same people back into the theater a second time, it was gonna be a bit of an uphill battle."

"We really have to prove to the fans," added his brother Colin, "that this movie's gonna be very different from the last one."

"We wanted to [go R-rated] with it," added Colin, who not only wears the same sunglasses as his 1-year-older brother, but even orders his burger the same way. "I mean, we chest-burst a little kid!"

"Yeah, he dies," Greg confirmed of the ill-fated child. "Onscreen, and very painfully. It's pretty f---ed up, but breaking some of the rules is a good thing here."

Given the go-ahead to make their hard-R flick, the Brothers Strause are steering clear of the PG-13 traps that rendered their predecessor so despised that an "AVP" podcast recently declared, "The only thing [director] Paul [W.S.] Anderson did correctly was bring people closer together in their community hatred of him."

"I don't think anyone wanted us to talk to him," Colin laughed, confirming that they haven't met with Anderson. "This movie works even if you didn't see [Anderson's]."

To read quite a bit more details on the new "Predalien" wreaking havoc against the Predators in this film, talk about where they want to move the storyline for the next sequel and gory details, click right here.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM hits theaters Christmas Day 2007.

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fallensbane@yahoo.com_home 9/12/2007 2:07:25 AM
Okay after reading all those spoilers I have so say the movie sounds pretty bad ass to me, hope it turns out to be as good as it sounds and washed away the bad taste of the first.
videocide 9/12/2007 2:16:12 AM
I still can't believe people blame Anderson for the PG-13 rating of the first film. You know that was a studio decision in fact I believe I even read that here. He two previous films were R rated and I'm sure Mortal Kombat would have been as well if he had his way. With that being said I'm looking forward to the new film after watching the trailer.and might even go opening day
soulstealer82 9/12/2007 3:43:39 AM
i didn't really think the 1st one wasnt all that bad, it just pissed me off that it was pg-13, i was hoping i was a r rated with lots of blood like the original alien and predator movies
panzerhd 9/12/2007 4:57:25 AM
Just as long as there some serious AVP battle scenes it will be good, we will see how far they go away from the storyline of the books.
ponyboy76 9/12/2007 6:24:04 AM
AVP was one of those movies that really really suffered because of the PG-13 rating. It wasn't just that though. Some of the story was cool, but a lot of it was just retread of devices from the prior Alien movies. Are men, just so stupid that again, the only human survivor is a woman who inevitably has to fight the queen? I just found it silly and really unoriginal writing. That being said, it looks like they have learned from their mistakes and this does look pretty damn cool. I`ll give it watch.
irascible 9/12/2007 7:21:43 AM
Come on - that movie being PG13 had nothing to do with it sucking. Throw a couple more chestburstings and a head punctured by an alien and its still a bad movie. The only thing Anderson has ever had is a pretty good visual style. Other than that his writing is lame and it his directing is mediocre. Sooo - I look forward to a possible redemption of both franchises, but just because it's R doesn't mean it'll be any better. On a completely different topic: Why not take a storyline from the DH comics? WHY does it have to happen on earth?
ponyboy76 9/12/2007 7:58:16 AM
What I`m saying is, yes the movie sucked, but an R-rating could have given the writer and director a little more leeway to present a better story. Nothing could have saved the finish product except for maybe every movie theater burning down all at once.
mbeckham1 9/12/2007 8:42:58 AM
Saw the trailer Sunday before 3:10 to Yuma. Gotta say, I'm a bit iffy. The action seems to take place insome town that looks like Crystal Lake and the town from Slither. I agree with iracible, why not seyt these in space or at least in the future. It kind of makes Ripley's sacrifices seem pointless if the Alien aliens have been to Earth not one but twice in the 21st century. And there didn't seem to be much room for suspence ala the original Alien and Aliens or Predator(though less so). If there's nothing but them hacking away at each other it'll be another Freddy vs. Jason. I'd love to see what Ridley Scott would don with an AvP movie.
rgtchtiger 9/12/2007 9:02:15 AM
I personally would've liked AVP 2 to take place in space on some colony, similar to the Aliens Vs. Predator comic book series as well, but the major flaw with that idea is the sheer cost of making such a movie. Building all the sets and vehicles would've cost a fortune, far more than what Fox would have wanted to spend. I think having the story take place 100 years into our future but still before the other Alien movies could've worked, but I am curious to see how this one turns out. I am on record to say that it's still a mistake to release this film on Christmas, but I'm willing to give it a chance.
monkeyfoot 9/12/2007 9:22:56 AM
Outer space is where the Brothers Strause want the next movie to take place if this one is successful.
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