Sometimes the diehard fans of a franchise can be instrumental in keeping a franchise alive, demonstrating to a studio that there is an audience for further installments of a particular film series. Unfortunately, the reverse does not seem to be true.
Despite having the previous two Alien Vs Predator films being trashed by both critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox is looking to go ahead with a third installment, according to an unnamed source in a report over at Shock Till You Drop.
Although last Christmas’ Alien V. Predator: Requiem upped the mayhem level in response to fans’ complaints about the franchise crossover’s first installment, it still only cleared $41 million at the box office. However, the film pulled in nearly another $88 million for a total of $128.8 million in revenue against the film’s estimated $40 million budget, so I guess it is inevitable that a sequel is being considered by the studio.
Will the third time be a charm, resulting in an Alien Vs Predator movie that is actually great, or at least good? Of course, Alien Vs Predator: Requiem hits DVD four weeks today, so the part of me that likes tinfoil-hat wearing conspiracies is wondering if this news isn’t being floated out as a way to get the franchise name back into fans’ minds to boast sales.