Strauses hired to helm sci-fi sequel

Visual effects pros Greg and Colin Strause have been hired to direct “Alien vs. Predator 2” for 20th Century Fox.

Shooting is skedded to begin in September for a summer 2007 release.

“Armageddon” scribe Shane Salerno, who rewrote the original “Alien vs. Predator,” wrote the script.

“We really want to take it back to the original ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ films and make a serious, gritty horror film,” Colin Strause said.

“We want to take it back to its roots, without losing sight of the human struggle,” added Greg Strause. “That’s what made the originals so good.”

Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Robbie Brenner are producing. Davis Entertainment also produced the first film in the franchise, as well as “Predator” and “Predator 2.”

The Strause brothers own Santa Monica-based visual effects house Hydraulics and have extensive visual effects credits on films including “Titanic,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” They’ve also directed commercials for Toyota, PlayStation and Coca-Cola.

Their relationship at Fox with newly upped exec VP of production Alex Young was instrumental in bringing them over from f/x work to feature films.

Salerno sold his spec “Reckless” to Fox and is working on an untitled Mark Gordon action pic for the studio.

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