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Christopher Golden’s Predator Prequel Cancelled

Do you remember that prequel novel to the original Predator that was reported on last August? The one that would be written by Christopher Golden and would apparently retcon Predator to include two Predators? Evidently it’s been canceled and it was never approved in the first place.

“Two Predators race through space, one a rogue, the other in pursuit. Their conflict brings them to Earth, where the rogue launches the assault on “Dutch” Schaefer and his unit, as seen in the 1987 movie Predator. The pursuing Yautja arrives and stops the rogue. In an ironic twist, however, he is mistaken for the rogue and attacked by Schaefer, who seeks to avenge his men.”

 Christopher Golden's Predator Prequel Cancelled

Christopher Golden’s Predator prequel has been cancelled.

The BNC CataList page that revealed this novel to the world has since been updated to say that the book was cancelled. When asked by a member of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy community, Christopher Golden informed that the novel had never been approved: “It was never approved and should not have been announced before it was.

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  1. The Alien Predator
    With/about?
    With me, about why Aliens are cool.

    Thank you for joining us for this interview, Xenomrph, let's us begin. Why are Aliens cool?  :P
    Well you see they're scary, but they're also unique and visually interesting, which makes them cool to look at while also making them even scarier. I wouldn't want to run into an Alien in a dark alley if you know what I mean!
    They can also do a lot of cool stuff, like cling to walls, spit acid, and pop out of people's chests.

    Indeed, I've loved the Aliens ever since I was 5 or 6, I always thought they were super cool but oddly never found them terrifying, just really awesome.

    But obviously if I did run into an actual Xenomorph in a dark alleyway, I'd shit enough bricks for a new Hadley's Hope to be built.

    I think I'd much rather run into your average Predator hunter in a dark alley. It'd still be terrifying, but he'd likely not be interested and leave.
  2. Xenomrph
    With/about?
    With me, about why Aliens are cool.

    Thank you for joining us for this interview, Xenomrph, let's us begin. Why are Aliens cool?  :P
    Well you see they're scary, but they're also unique and visually interesting, which makes them cool to look at while also making them even scarier. I wouldn't want to run into an Alien in a dark alley if you know what I mean!
    They can also do a lot of cool stuff, like cling to walls, spit acid, and pop out of people's chests.
  3. SM
    Yeah he got another gig.

    There were staffing changes in the licensing department late last year.  Perhaps this was a casualty.

    Could that be explaining why the Alien vs Predator vs Judge Dredd comic keeps being delayed? I think that began early this year.

    That's a little more confusing since they were three issues in. The scripts would've been completed months ago and you wouldn't think artwork would take this long to finish.
  4. The Alien Predator
    That's a good question, Xenomrph, maybe they "announced" it before it was approved just to see the reactions, and if they were positive, FOX would obviou$ly approve it ba$ed on all the reaction$ they'd $ee.


    But since that ^ didn't happen... this got silently swept under the rug "and was never approved nor was it meant to be announced". Some serious cloak and dagger cover up going on here.  :P
  5. PRJ_since1990
    Story gets leaked. Internet hates it. They come back with "Was never approved" and while I can believe that, I can't believe the overwhelming disdain for this concept had absolutely NOTHING to do with it.
  6. Xenomrph
    I see it almost as FOX trying to have their cake and eat it too. Revisiting recognizable movie staples (be they locations, characters, whatever) lets them snag the casual readers who only watched the movies and enjoyed them, while also snagging the more hard-core fans because they're ~*~ALL NEW STORIES~*~.
  7. SiL
    I see. So in the last one he picked up what they were handing out.

    Considering the range of topics they can cover this insistence on prequels/interquels rewriting the original stories is bizarre.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    Wait, so this is the same guy as those Alien inter-quel things?

    Does he pitch these or does he just get lumped with them?

    He only wrote the one.

    Quote
    AvPG – River of Pain is the third novel in the series and the first two have been written by good friends of yours. How did you decide that River of Pain was the novel you wanted to write?

    CG – When Titan editor Steve Saffel told me the plans for the three books, I had two responses.  The first was that it made perfect sense for him to hire three writers who were friends (and shared the same agent).  The second was that as much as I loved Tim and Jim, I wanted to write this third book because, as you know, it’s a prequel to ALIENS, set on Acheron (LV-426).  As I mentioned, the material with the Jorden family in the extended version of ALIENS was very exciting to me, and I loved the idea of telling their story.

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/website/interviews/christopher-golden/

    No idea about this Predator one though.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Thanks for the info, Xenomrph. I feel somewhat bad because I know the flake Golden got for some of the mandated revisions in River of Pain but I really didn't want this prequel to come out and have to suffer more hard to swallow revisions.
  10. Engineer
    Out of curiosity, if it turns out that was the case... our fabled 2nd predator was cloaked the whole time in the movie and we never actually saw any predator until after the switch... would you have been more on board with the idea?

    I just listened to the Out of the Shadows audio drama. I thought it was great. Work as a good alternate sequel to alien.
    Agreed... although I'm pretty sure it's held as "cannon" rather than alternate. I'm ok with this. They handled it well in my opinion.
  11. The Alien Predator
    I think the main criticism people had was not the idea behind the plot, but the fact that it messes with the first film.

    If they had kept the idea:

    * Rogue Predator being chased by Arbitrator across space and hides in a jungle on Earth.

    * Arbitrator hunts Rogue who is killing humans in the jungle and kills the Rogue.

    * Humans mistake Arbitrator for Rogue and attack him, forcing the alien to defend itself and take an opportunity for a little hunt since he's already on a hunting ground.

    But with no connection to Arnold or the first film. It could be somewhere in South America, during a drug war. Or it could even be on a topical jungle like South China Sea was, there's lots of jungles to pick from and conflicts with various human factions involved. It could even have been 'Nam where the Rogue attacks Viet Cong and American soldiers.

    The Arbitrator could just destroy the Rogue via its self destruct and then be mistaken not due to "taking his gear back", but simply due to looking non-human and being attacked because his description would match the Rogue. How would the human characters tell it apart from the Rogue due to its otherworldly appearance? They won't care, they see Mr. Tall n' Scary and they attack it lol.

    That was another gripe about the plot of the novel, Rogue and Anytime would have a virtually identical appearance in basically every way. While if this had no connection to the film, our imaginations would be able to fill in the descriptions of Rogue and Arbitrator.
    Unless rogue was never shown in the movie... perhaps the idea was to imply rogue was always cloaked and we never saw the predator decloaked until the switch was made... just a thought. I'd have to go back and read the original synopsis to see if that was possible based on the story that was implied... but nah... no need to worry much about it now that it's cancelled...

    That could have possibly worked, the Predator did spend a lot of time cloaked in the beginning.
  12. Engineer
    I think the main criticism people had was not the idea behind the plot, but the fact that it messes with the first film.

    If they had kept the idea:

    * Rogue Predator being chased by Arbitrator across space and hides in a jungle on Earth.

    * Arbitrator hunts Rogue who is killing humans in the jungle and kills the Rogue.

    * Humans mistake Arbitrator for Rogue and attack him, forcing the alien to defend itself and take an opportunity for a little hunt since he's already on a hunting ground.

    But with no connection to Arnold or the first film. It could be somewhere in South America, during a drug war. Or it could even be on a topical jungle like South China Sea was, there's lots of jungles to pick from and conflicts with various human factions involved. It could even have been 'Nam where the Rogue attacks Viet Cong and American soldiers.

    The Arbitrator could just destroy the Rogue via its self destruct and then be mistaken not due to "taking his gear back", but simply due to looking non-human and being attacked because his description would match the Rogue. How would the human characters tell it apart from the Rogue due to its otherworldly appearance? They won't care, they see Mr. Tall n' Scary and they attack it lol.

    That was another gripe about the plot of the novel, Rogue and Anytime would have a virtually identical appearance in basically every way. While if this had no connection to the film, our imaginations would be able to fill in the descriptions of Rogue and Arbitrator.
    Unless rogue was never shown in the movie... perhaps the idea was to imply rogue was always cloaked and we never saw the predator decloaked until the switch was made... just a thought. I'd have to go back and read the original synopsis to see if that was possible based on the story that was implied... but nah... no need to worry much about it now that it's cancelled...
  13. The Alien Predator
    I think the main criticism people had was not the idea behind the plot, but the fact that it messes with the first film.

    If they had kept the idea:

    * Rogue Predator being chased by Arbitrator across space and hides in a jungle on Earth.

    * Arbitrator hunts Rogue who is killing humans in the jungle and kills the Rogue.

    * Humans mistake Arbitrator for Rogue and attack him, forcing the alien to defend itself and take an opportunity for a little hunt since he's already on a hunting ground.

    But with no connection to Arnold or the first film. It could be somewhere in South America, during a drug war. Or it could even be on a topical jungle like South China Sea was, there's lots of jungles to pick from and conflicts with various human factions involved. It could even have been 'Nam where the Rogue attacks Viet Cong and American soldiers.

    The Arbitrator could just destroy the Rogue via its self destruct and then be mistaken not due to "taking his gear back", but simply due to looking non-human and being attacked because his description would match the Rogue. How would the human characters tell it apart from the Rogue due to its otherworldly appearance? They won't care, they see Mr. Tall n' Scary and they attack it lol.

    That was another gripe about the plot of the novel, Rogue and Anytime would have a virtually identical appearance in basically every way. While if this had no connection to the film, our imaginations would be able to fill in the descriptions of Rogue and Arbitrator.
  14. Engineer
    Honestly the announcement of this book was the first time that I really didn't want something Alien or Predator. I think it sounded awful.
    I felt the same way about alien isolation. That has ended up being my favorite addition to the series aside from the original trilogy of alien films. Out of the shadows' audio drama was a close second to alien isolation too. I would have been willing to give it a chance, but if it had turned out bad my criticism would have been heavy. Haha.
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