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June 2, 2009

Newsbites: The prequels edition!

1. A bunch of Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) fans got together and made a 38-minute short film called The Hunt for Gollum, the events of which coincide with the early scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring. It's actually pretty good for a low-budget, volunteer-based production; you can watch the trailer for it here, to the right. -- Entertainment Weekly, BBC News

2. Sir Ridley Scott and his brother Tony are producing a "prequel" to the Alien series (1979-1997); the original film was, of course, directed by Sir Ridley himself three whole decades ago. There is no word yet on whether the prequel will take place before or after the Alien Vs. Predator movies (2004-2007), which are set in the present day, but those films are arguably non-canonical and thus don't matter anyway. The new film will be directed by someone called Carl Rinsch. -- Bloody-Disgusting (x2), Collider

3. Boom Studios will publish Die Hard: Year One, a comic-book prequel to the original Die Hard (1988) in which John McClane will be a rookie cop who "deals with a catastrophe during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration." Die Hard itself was based on a book called Nothing Lasts Forever, which in turn was written as a sequel to the Frank Sinatra movie The Detective (1968) -- but presumably this comic will have nothing to do with that earlier story. -- MTV Splash Page

4. Ryan Reynolds says he is "intimately" involved in the plans for Deadpool, a spin-off from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine prequel. Whether it will be a prequel to Wolverine or only a sequel to the prequel -- and thus possibly, but not necessarily, a prequel to the original X-Men films (2000-2006) -- remains to be seen, but one Fox source did reportedly say that the film will be "a complete exploration of this unique character - his origins, his emergence as the Merc with the Mouth, etc." The studio is developing another Wolverine movie, too, of course. -- Hitfix, IGN, David Poland, MTV Splash Page, Variety (x2), Hollywood Reporter

5. Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, says he might be interested in returning to the franchise to direct the Magneto prequel -- but not if it dwells at any length on the Holocaust part of the character's back-story. Between Apt Pupil (1998), Valkyrie (2008) and the prologue to the original X-Men, Singer says he's done enough Nazi stuff. -- ComingSoon.net

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