Why am I just finding out there was a cancelled Saturday morning cartoon based on Aliens? I’m a bad fan. A terrible fan.
Dubbed Operation: Aliens, the series followed Ellen Ripley and an assortment of colonial marines that retired from G.I. Joe’s unit in every way save for their uber-machismo appearances and inspired one-liners.
Ripley and co. defend different colonies from attacking xenomorphs (including new, four-armed hybrids) and, presumably, high five afterward.
Set to coincide with the 1992 release of Alien 3, production came to a crashing halt for no explicable reason. Except maybe for the fact that the bad guy in the show was a penis-shaped monster that incubated in people’s chests before bursting out of their rib cage. Still, that didn’t stop the Quaalude-fueled producers of the world from adapting several other R-rated features like Robocop, Rambo, and Starship Troopers for the kiddies.
Kenner’s supplementing toyline of mantis aliens, snake aliens, and other strange hybrids (which I owned as a wee lad) had to change their name once the show’s plug was pulled, but some merchandise already hit the shelves with the branding intact.
Yes, Operation: Aliens probably would’ve been toxically cheesy and cripplingly dumb. But that was part of the fun of these cartoons. Goddamn, I would kill to hear this show’s theme song. But, alas, no recording of the pilot seems to exist (for all we know, watching it could be like opening up the Ark of the Covenant; leaving no survivors).
The world needs to know about this.
No Man’s Sky Concept Art
Pacific Rim 2 and Pacific Rim: The Animated Series in the Works
Jaeger pilots and kaiju groupies are going to want to strap in for this one. Guillermo del Toro, famed director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labryinth and, of course, Pacific Rim, recently released a statement confirming the start of development on Pacific Rim 2.
Even more exciting, however, is the news that del Toro is currently in the process of developing an animated series based in the universe of the films. You can watch him make this announcement here, which I highly recommend, because Guillermo del Toro is an adorable nerd and his excitement is nothing short of contagious.
Pacific Rim: The Animated Series has so much potential — it can explore parts of the mythos that the film left untouched, or shed light on what the kaiju crisis was like in other parts of the world and how other countries reacted in the face of that threat. While the sequel is likely to explore the characters introduced in the first film and continue their story, I’m more interested to see what the creators will focus on without the limitations of cinematic realism holding them back.
Pacific Rim 2 is set to hit theaters on April 7th, 2017.
"If it Bleeds, We Can
RebootSequelize it”: Writer/Director Shane Black is Remaking Predator
This falls outside of my typical wheelhouse of “ONLY VIDEO GAMES” but this parcel of news tickled my nerdies too much to go on unwritten about.
Despite Hollywood’s fervor, the entire catalog of 1980’s cinema has not been remade yet. I know, you’re thinking, “I’m pretty sure they already rebooted all of the ‘80’s.” I thought so, too! But after a quick Google fact check, it turns out we’re about twelve movies shy from doing so; as such, 1987’s sci-fi horror classic Predator is next up on the re-chopping block.
With Predator ranking on my short-shortlist of childhood movie faves, I’d be quick to write off Fox’s reboot/make as another hollow cash grab. Except… they chose exactly the right director to helm this project.
Some directors adopted the stylings of ‘80’s flicks; Shane Black was borne from it. As a writer, Black gave us the first two Lethal Weapon's and — closer to home for me — the motherfuckin' Monster Squad. Later in his career, he’d take his penchant for character emphasized plotting behind the lens with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Marvel’s Iron Man 3 (which, hate me if you must, is my favorite Iron Man).
And, even more perfect, the man’s closer to the source material than anyone — he was actually in the original goddamn Predator:
Fox has enlisted Black to write up a treatment for the remake while Monster Squad's co-writer, Fred Dekker, will draft the official script. I'm almost too excited to see what Black and Dekker (Ha! That was accidental) bring to this infamous hunter's universe.
The only factor that could spoil the fun is the studio forcing a PG-13 rating on the remake. At that point, you could cast Justin Bieber as the fucking Predator for all I care — you’ll have already shit on the series. Still, Shane Black’s the man to make this movie work if it truly needs to happen.
UPDATE: Director Shane Black has clarified to pundits that his Predator will not be a reboot or a remake, but an “inventive sequel” that expands on the creature’s already existing mythology. I’m doubtful we’ll see a direct sequel to 2010’s Predators, but I’m interested in seeing how Black continues the mythos.
:V originally from my kaiju clock, but yeah, will be turning these guys into stickers! might include a breach sticker, and possibly some other misc. things too idk
they’re also transparent ahuuhuuhuu
Alien: Isolation, due October 7th.
so I have to tell you all the story behind this picture, because when it happened I was absolutely floored (and it has forever convinced me — as if I needed much urging — that Sylvester McCoy is an amazing human being)
my little sister is one of the sweetest little Classic Who fans you’ll meet — and yes, yes the Fifth Doctor cosplay was entirely her idea, because she wanted to dress as her favorite Doctor. She knows her stuff (and was deftly mentioning Praxis gases to con vendors who asked about her celery) and absolutely adores all the Classic actors as only a 9 year-old can
anyways, at DCC she decided to spend her own money to get Peter Davison’s autograph — quite a massive investment for someone with an allowance of a dollar a week (she’s got it hanging on her wall now, by the way). She was a bit disappointed she couldn’t afford Sylvester’s as well, but wanted to get her Doctor’s for obvious reasons
similarly, my middle sister and I opted for pictures with Mr. McCoy, so we went to his booth after talking to Peter. We both paid for and took our pictures (which I’m still personally elated by) while my littlest sister stood a bit shyly off to the side.
As we moved to leave, Sylvester held up a hand, looked at her, and asked “would you like one too?” to which she nodded, looking a bit confused. He motioned to my other sister to give the volunteer her phone, told said volunteer “I’ll be taking this one with my friend here,” and this photo is the result. All three of us were practically tripping over ourselves to thank him, to which he just smiled, waving as we said goodbye.
I hope he knows that he absolutely made our day — particularly the day of the little nine-year-old who got to get a picture she couldn’t afford herself, and was grinning from ear to ear as she told our mom later that day that she “actually got to meet TWO Doctors and Seven says I’m his friend!”