Considering I kind of thought of the first AVP film as the equivalent to Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, you could see how maybe I couldn't quite work up much enthusiasm for Alien vs. Predator 2: AVP2 -- an it looks like I wasn't alone in that particular sentiment. Erik had reported on a first look at some images from the film back in January, and now Design Press has posted a sneak peek at an upcoming book from ADI on creature effects from film. Titled Alien vs. Predator: Survival of the Fittest, the book contains over 300 illustrations from he film and is being released in December, to presumably coincide with the Christmas Day release. This time, the story is set in a small Midwestern town, believe it or not, as the two warring species apparently land for another one of those "epic battles" they seem to enjoy so much. John Ortiz stars as a local sheriff leading a small group of townsfolk who band together to survive the invasion.

The sequel was directed by Greg and Colin Strause, brothers who both have had extensive visual effects resumes (including 300 and X-Men: The Last Stand), but relatively few directing credits -- talk of lackluster script reviews didn't exactly inspire confidence in the hearts of the few remaining fans of the series. Considering the reception the first film received I don't think anyone really was demanding a sequel, but the first one did pull in over $80 million at the U.S. box office, so I guess there were still a few dollars to squeeze out of the franchise.