This is the kind of news that either breaks your heart or, well, breaks your heart. In an interview with AICN, James Cameron talks up the Alien 5 project he was working on right before Alien vs Predator was announced. Some of you may want to close your eyes for this one...
"Ridley and I talked about doing another Alien film and I said to 20th Century Fox that I would develop a 5th Alien film. I started working on a story, I was working with another writer and Fox came back to me and said, "We've got this really good script for Alien vs Predator and I got pretty upset. I said, "You do that you're going to kill the validity of the franchise in my mind." Because to me, that was Frankenstein meets Werewolf. It was Universal just taking their assets and starting to play them off against each other. So, I stopped work."
Well, that sucks. Apparently, according to Cameron, Alien 5 wasn't the only film he gave up on. "I had a great... great idea with Planet of the Apes, but it was Fox's asset. Even though I was supposedly developing it we didn't see eye to eye and they sort of picked up their marbles and that was that." He goes on to explain that Tim Burton was a bad choice in director and, subsequently, it's the only Burton film he doesn't like.
While I'm sure a Cameron-directed Alien 5 would've been interesting, this Planet of the Apes news is definitely disappointing, to say the least. However, the good news is that Coffin, the project he's partnered with Guillermo del Toro on, is still very much alive, despite its ghostly title. See, there's always a little bit of sunshine on a rainy day. I promise you that much.