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I posit an idea for a new TV series...

quaker0quaker0 Registered User regular
edited October 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
and while most of you heathens will berate me for my idea (which is stolen I'm sure), but I believe that as along as bat-shit insane George Lucas can get not one, but two tv series going for Star Wars, then my idea will work. Could work. Might work.


Aliens - the show. Yes. I said it. Aliens. Not Aliens vs. Predator, subtitled: The shitfest. But a REAL, weekly, show set in that universe. Imagine the awesomeness. Drop-ships, Colonial marines, pulse rifles, ooze, drones, queens, dark, gritty, gory. Let's get Joss Whedon on it, hell, let's get William Gibson on it. You want to see their chops? Read the script of what should have been Alien 3: http://www.pointlesswasteoftime.com/film/alien3script.html

There's plenty of back story and a million arcs that could be written, look at the plethora of alien comic books. Yes, not all of them are amazing. But... the idea is there.


Discuss. Flame On!

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    Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The sunny beaches of CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    It's about an oowwwlll and a maaan, it's the oowwwlll and the maaan...



    I did always want a cartoon series based on the Alien action figures. It would be a cool chance to showcase different alien variants that haven't managed to work their way into the movie series. And hey, the Predators could occasionally guest-star. So yeah, that would be a cool show.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'd watch it.... ::shrug::

    EDIT: That screenplay is simply amazing.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Unfortunately, the budget required to do the show justice would probably be too high for a normal cable network. You'd have to have it as a high-profile HBO show or something.

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    MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Unfortunately, the budget required to do the show justice would probably be too high for a normal cable network. You'd have to have it as a high-profile HBO show or something.

    what.

    the major cable networks have heaps of money. the trick is getting them to devote it to your show.

    edit: i think i see what you mean. you meant the cable channels as opposed to the fox's and nbc's. sorry

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    To be honest, I would say that Roughnecks fit this niche, though it was ended before it could conclude.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    To be honest, I would say that Roughnecks fit this niche, though it was ended before it could conclude.

    you mean the cgi starship troopers show? or was there something else?

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    localh77localh77 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't think "posit" is the word you want...

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    To be honest, I would say that Roughnecks fit this niche, though it was ended before it could conclude.

    you mean the cgi starship troopers show? or was there something else?

    The former. The whole show was built around a small platoon of Earth MI as they went on different campaigns - I think they ultimately covered 4-5 different campaigns over the run of the series.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That was such a good series. I remember they actually got the voice of the guy from highlander to played zimm in the movie to come back for the show, around season three.

    I'd watch an alien show, but I agree that it would be a huge budget. It might have to much "camp" appeal too. Horror doesn't generally do too well as a series (anyone remember the nightmare on elm street/friday the 13th series?)

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Uh, is that link SFW? It's blocked here.

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    VeegeezeeVeegeezee Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    it's all text, but there's some language

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    quaker0quaker0 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    localh77 wrote: »
    I don't think "posit" is the word you want...

    posit \POZ-it\, transitive verb:
    1. To assume as real or conceded.
    2. To propose as an explanation; to suggest.
    3. To dispose or set firmly or fixedly.



    Also, yes, the link is SFW, just some offices block it, my old one did for no reason.


    Budget!? Look at the budget they gave Friends for crying out loud. Over a million an episode in it's final few seasons? Look at Star Trek! This could be the great hit of our generation. It could be done so well. It's not just horror, it's sci-fi horror. Look at the dreck they put all over TV, what series are genuinely worth watching?

    I see your point on camp appeal, everyone afraid it's going to be cheezy as all hell. I have a dream that shows a well-written, darkly shot, week to week series with an overall arc. If I could write as well as William Gibson does, I'd submit one of my own, alas my talents in that regard are sorely lacking.

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    BrynjBrynj Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    I've read it before and wasn't all that impressed, full grown aliens bursting out of people. Implantation by virus, etc. The life cycle of the alien is perfect the way it is, no reason to screw with it. Still would have been better than the actual Alien 3.


    If you want a running story that won't be campy, base it *somewhat* on this series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Hive


    Picture a bunch of humans on Earth fighting against each other and the aliens for survival. Can even progress from the initial outbreak to full blown contamination of the Earth making the series darker as it goes. Though you'd have to really put it in capable hands, horror is so hard to do *as seen by the last 2 Alien movies*.

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    quaker0quaker0 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Brynj wrote: »
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    I've read it before and wasn't all that impressed, full grown aliens bursting out of people. Implantation by virus, etc. The life cycle of the alien is perfect the way it is, no reason to screw with it. Still would have been better than the actual Alien 3.


    If you want a running story that won't be campy, base it *somewhat* on this series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Hive


    Picture a bunch of humans on Earth fighting against each other and the aliens for survival. Can even progress from the initial outbreak to full blown contamination of the Earth making the series darker as it goes. Though you'd have to really put it in capable hands, horror is so hard to do *as seen by the last 2 Alien movies*.


    I asked for discussion, so it's ok to say it sucks. hehe

    I'm now going to find Earth Hive and read it.

    With all the IP's from the past being redone and f'ed up beyond all recognition (see Bionic Woman).

    Good example: see Battlestar Galactica - which is being cancelled/finished all too soon as well.

    You'd think someone would pitch this, especially with AVP2 coming out next month.

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    CasketCasket __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    I've always had this one idea for a TV show that also involved aliens.

    Basically these illegal aliens from countries all over the world come to live illegally in the United States to escape their shithole countries. They all live under one roof in this house which is rented to them by an old couple who just recently retired. The drama in the show comes from how they have to handle everyday basic shit as illegals in a post-crazy as hell America. The fear of being deported is never far from their minds. Racism and prejudice will also come up when so many people of different backgrounds are in one home, but as their struggles become similar and they work together they will realize they have many things in common and the barriers and hate will break down. Together they will triumph and make their living in America.

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    saggiosaggio Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    It's about an oowwwlll and a maaan, it's the oowwwlll and the maaan...

    Yes.

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    Zetetic ElenchZetetic Elench Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    quaker0 wrote: »
    I'm now going to find Earth Hive and read it.

    I read that, goddamn ages ago, and I loved it. It's... interesting. And it manages to keep the feel of Aliens, but puts a whole new spin on things.

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    BrynjBrynj Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    quaker0 wrote: »
    I'm now going to find Earth Hive and read it.

    I read that, goddamn ages ago, and I loved it. It's... interesting. And it manages to keep the feel of Aliens, but puts a whole new spin on things.


    The first two in that trilogy are very good, third isn't AS good but does wrap up the series nicely. Definitely recommend them if you are an Alien fan.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Brynj wrote: »
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    You can say what you want to about the script... I thought it was great. You have to at least admit though it's better than what alien 3 ended up being....

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    BrynjBrynj Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Brynj wrote: »
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    You can say what you want to about the script... I thought it was great. You have to at least admit though it's better than what alien 3 ended up being....


    Brynj wrote:
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    I've read it before and wasn't all that impressed, full grown aliens bursting out of people. Implantation by virus, etc. The life cycle of the alien is perfect the way it is, no reason to screw with it. Still would have been better than the actual Alien 3.

    O_o



    Also, I forgot AvP2 came out so soon. The trailer for it looks great, everything the first one should have been. Hopefully it does well and we can get a real one. Aliens vs Predator vs Space Marines, with James Cameron directing *he has expressed interest in the past*.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Brynj wrote: »
    Brynj wrote: »
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    You can say what you want to about the script... I thought it was great. You have to at least admit though it's better than what alien 3 ended up being....


    Brynj wrote:
    Is it okay to say that the script posted above sucks?

    I've read it before and wasn't all that impressed, full grown aliens bursting out of people. Implantation by virus, etc. The life cycle of the alien is perfect the way it is, no reason to screw with it. Still would have been better than the actual Alien 3.

    O_o



    Also, I forgot AvP2 came out so soon. The trailer for it looks great, everything the first one should have been. Hopefully it does well and we can get a real one. Aliens vs Predator vs Space Marines, with James Cameron directing *he has expressed interest in the past*.

    sorry for that, didn't catch the last part there and thought he said alien 3 was better the way it was....

    also, if cameron came back on board, I would be all up for that idea.

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    Locutus ZeroLocutus Zero Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    How about a show based on the HL1 mod Natural Selection? We follow the Marines and the Aliens as they fight each other to take over an area. It could be done IN Natural Selection. In fact, let's just air NS matches.


    Maybe James Earl Jones could narrate.

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    PillsAreNicePillsAreNice Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    How about an anime-style show written by William Gibson. Base it on the Bridge Trilogy (Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrows Parties).

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    redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Meh, I just want someone to lock Joss Whedon in room with the people who do avatar.

    Or maybe Gainax or something would work too, I suppose.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    If you were going to go the animated route for a futuristic military unit, tap Production I.G. for it. They've more than proven themselves with the Ghost in the Shell series.

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    Page-Page- Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't know about the Joss Wheden idea. He was the one responsible for Alien: Resurrection. But if the series was more in the style of the books and comics than the movies I'd go for it.

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