- Aliens VS. Predator: Requiem: Inside the Monster Shop
Alec Gillis: Well… that’s a tricky thing because part of what makes these two characters work is… what you don’t know about them. I’ve had fans ask me: “Why don’t we see more of the Predators culture?” — “Why don’t we see how they prepare for battle?” — “Are there female Predators?” — “What is their home-world like?” — “Do they have a religion?” — and all of that stuff is very interesting, and if the franchise is to continue it must be explored, but with that comes the danger of over exposure… comes the danger of turning the Predators into just another form of Klingon… or something like that — where you become so familiar with them, that they become boring. Familiarity breeds contentment… you know? On the other hand, you can’t stagnate, and I do think that the series has been “playing it a little bit too safe” — because the Alien’s nature is that of a xenomorph, it changes constantly. It doesn’t have to tread the ground of “The Thing” though… where it’s constantly changing shape on a minute by minute basis… but I think that cross breeds, and influences, and the Predator’s genetically modifying the Aliens… all of that kind of stuff — could lead you to some very interesting kind of alternatives. When you look at the comic books and the games and the toys — I think that they’ve had a freer reign to take those kind of chances. But what I think that a lot of fans don’t understand is that in terms of the business of movies is that — when you’re investing $70 million bucks… you tend not to have the freedom to take risks the way a comic book can which are being made at a fraction of the cost.
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