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Major team forms for ‘Alien’ pic

'Evil's' Anderson to write, helm

HOLLYWOOD — Talk about a clash of the titans: Producers John Davis, David Giler, Lawrence Gordon, Walter Hill and Joel Silver have brought aboard “Resident Evil” helmer Paul Anderson to write and direct “Alien vs. Predator” for 20th Century Fox.

Davis, Gordon and Silver come to the project via “Predator,” which was released in 1987 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Giler and Hill produced the first four installments of the “Alien” franchise.

Like “Resident Evil,” however, this film has its roots in a popular videogame. Fox Interactive published “Aliens vs. Predator” in 1999 and released its sequel, “Aliens vs. Predator 2,” last year.

Pic is the tale of human scientists on a distant planet who, once again, make the mistake of experimenting on aliens and predators. Story centers on a scientist who foolishly hatches alien eggs to create an environment attractive to predators.

Credits for the U.K.-born Anderson also include “Mortal Kombat,” “Event Horizon” and “Soldier.” He’s repped by ICM.

The Fox-based Davis’ next production is the Eddie Murphy starrer “Daddy Day Care,” to be released by Columbia Pictures on Memorial Day weekend 2003. His recent credits also include “Life or Something Like It,” “Behind Enemy Lines” and “Dr. Dolittle 2.”

Gordon most recently produced “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” for Paramount Pictures.

Giler and Hill most recently teamed on “Undisputed,” which will be released by Miramax Films.

Silver’s next film is Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Matrix Reloaded,” to be followed shortly by “The Matrix Revolutions.”

The 1979 “Alien” earned $78.9 million domestic gross; “Aliens” (1986), $85.2 million; “Alien 3” (1992), $55.5 million; and “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) $47.8 million.

“Predator” earned $59.7 million domestic in 1987, and “Predator 2” took $30.7 million in 1990.

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