A supposedly finished Alien vs. Predator TV series will remain unreleased according to a recent Disney report.
Is there an Alien vs. Predator TV series?
During a special Alien Day episode of the Perfect organism podcast last month (via comic movie), Joshua Izzo — the former director of licensing at 20th Century Fox before Disney acquired the company — announced that an anime TV series based on the 2004 film is not only in production, but complete. Izzo noted that the show is ready for release anytime.
“Now sitting at Disney, at 20th Studios, is 10 episodes of a fully completed Alien vs. Predator anime series that I produced,” Izzo said. “It’s done. It’s in the can. It’s mixed; it’s done. It was produced and provided for the story by Eric Calderon and Dave Baker, two incredibly crazy, talented guys.”
Izzo continued to talk about how the project came about. According to him, he initially pitched the idea of a direct-to-DVD animated series, Alien or Alien vs. Predator. Izzo said the idea came about so as not to have to wait for the release of theatrical films based on the brands.
“I said, ‘Listen, I want to bring you the idea of a direct-to-DVD Alien and/or Alien/Predator and/or Predator animation that we, the consumer products division, can sell against.’ Let’s be masters of our own destiny instead of waiting for it to hit theaters whenever a movie comes out.’”
The series was reportedly set to take place after the events of Alien vs. Predator and Alien 4, with the home release splitting the episodes across three DVDs. The show was reportedly a mix of 2D and CG animation.
First reports from Alien vs Predator Galaxy surmised that director Shinji Aramaki (Starship Troopers, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Appleseed, Appleseed Ex Machina) was behind the series that Aramaki led would later confirm on Twitter. In a quick tweet, he said he had no idea why the project was never released.