Merging RidleyVerses

by koomy | created - 09 Oct 2012 | updated - 27 Jun 2017 | Public

Although never intended to share the same movie universe, the 'Alien' and 'Predator' franchises are now linked thanks to two cross-over films.

'Prometheus' is set in the same universe and its DVD extras suggest that Blade Runner is also in the same timeline. This would add the upcoming Blade Runner project and 'Soldier'; a "sidequel"/spiritual successor to Blade Runner.

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1. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 350,406 | Gross: $59.74M

1987. A Predator Vs Arnie and a team of commandos in a Central American jungle..

2. Predator 2 (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall, Rubén Blades

Votes: 136,530 | Gross: $30.67M

In 1997, Predator tackles a cop in L.A.

An Alien skull is seen in the trophy case on the Predator ship.

3. Alien vs. Predator (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

29 Metascore

During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner

Votes: 176,018 | Gross: $80.28M

In 2004, an archaeological expedition led by Charles Bishop Weyland discovers the link between the Aliens and Predators...

4. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

29 Metascore

Warring Alien and Predator races descend on a rural Colorado town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival.

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause | Stars: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps, John Ortiz

Votes: 110,802 | Gross: $41.80M

Continues right after 'AVP' left off...

5. The Predator (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 102,765 | Gross: $51.02M

Director Shane Black has indicated that this will be a sequel set between 'Predator 2' and 'Predators'.

The son of DEA Special Agent Peter Keyes from 'Predator 2' will appear.

6. Predators (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

Votes: 202,500 | Gross: $52.00M

Takes place 23 years after 'Predator' so presumably 2010.

When the group enters the Predator's camp there's a brief view of an Alien skull on the ground.

7. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 641,512 | Gross: $32.87M

Set in 2019.

Guy Pierce only appeared in Prometheus with extensive 'old man' make-up, but he did feature in viral videos, set in 2023 without age make-up. This may be a hint that young Peter Weyland has a role, or at least a cameo, in the Blade Runner sequel with Eldon Tyrell, of Tyrell Corp as his mentor.

8. The Peter Weyland Files: Happy Birthday, David (2012 Video)

3 min | Short, Sci-Fi

An introduction to the 8th generation android, David, who explains what he thinks about and what makes him sad.

Director: Luke Scott | Star: Michael Fassbender

Votes: 589

Set in 2023

9. The Peter Weyland Files: 'Prometheus' Transmission (2012 Video)

7 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A collection of pre-mission interviews with the crew of the Prometheus spacecraft.

Director: Johnny Hardstaff | Stars: Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace

Votes: 323

Set in 2023

10. The Peter Weyland Files: Quiet Eye, Elizabeth Shaw (2012 Video)

3 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A video call Shaw made to Weyland to introduce herself and explain her findings.

Star: Noomi Rapace

Votes: 318


11. The Peter Weyland Files: TED Conference, 2023 (2012 Video)

7 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A young Peter Weyland gives a darkly inspirational TED Talk.

Director: Luke Scott | Star: Guy Pearce

Votes: 568

Set in 2023, features Peter Weyland.

12. Soldier (I) (1998)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 49,602 | Gross: $14.57M

After a section set in 1996 this mostly takes place in 2035.

Soldier was written by David Peoples, who co-wrote the script for Blade Runner. By his own admission, he considers Soldier to be a "sidequel"/spiritual successor to Blade Runner.

It also obliquely references various elements of stories written by Philip K. Dick (who wrote the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", on which Blade Runner is based), or film adaptations thereof.

A "Spinner" vehicle from Blade Runner can be seen in the wreckage on a junk planet that features in the film.

There are also several dialogue references to events such as "Tanhauser Gate" from Blade Runner.

13. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 395,422 | Gross: $92.05M

Takes place 2049

Guy Pierce only appeared in Prometheus with extensive 'old man' make-up, but he did feature in a lot of viral videos, set in 2023 without age make-up. This may be a hint that young Peter Weyland has a role, or at least a cameo, in the Blade Runner sequel with Eldon Tyrell, of Tyrell Corp. as his previous mentor.

14. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 544,836 | Gross: $126.48M

Set in the year 2093, approximately 30 years before the events seen in 'Alien'.

A Blu-Ray extra suggests that Eldon Tyrell, of Tyrell Corp was the mentor to a young Peter Weyland (who appears as an old man in Prometheus).

15. Alien: Covenant - Prologue: The Crossing (2017)

3 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Elizabeth Shaw repairs David on an abandoned Engineer vessel as they continue their search for humanity's creators.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace

Votes: 3,408

An epilogue to Prometheus and prologue to Covenant.

16. Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper (2017)

5 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

The main crew of the Covenant and their android Walter enjoy a final meal before cryosleep on their way to a remote planet.

Director: Luke Scott | Stars: Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup, Nathaniel Dean, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 3,461

A prologue to Covenant.

17. Alien: Covenant (2017)

R | 122 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride

Votes: 233,195 | Gross: $74.26M

Sequel to Prometheus, set in 2104.

18. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 729,667 | Gross: $78.90M

Set in the year 2123 (approximately), 30 years after the events of 'Prometheus'.

19. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 611,617 | Gross: $85.16M

57 years after the events seen in 'Alien', in approximately 2179.

The android Bishop is modelled on this human 'ancestor' Charles Bishop Weyland from 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator'

In the Special Edition of this film The Weyland-Yutani name is clearly written on several pieces of equipment and walls in the colony during a pre-alien outbreak scene.

20. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 259,808 | Gross: $55.47M

This film is believed to be set just days or weeks after the events in Aliens, in 2179.

The android Bishop II is modelled on this human 'ancestor' Charles Bishop Weyland from 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator'.

Fury-161 is referred to as one of "Weyland-Yutani's backwater prison planets" and the company name written in Japanese can be briefly seen on the black box and on a poster in the office.

21. Alien Resurrection (1997)

R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman

Votes: 214,752 | Gross: $47.75M

200 years after the events seen in 'Alien 3' in approximately 2379.

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