Over Thanksgiving, sci-fi fans everywhere were stoked to find that a trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott film Prometheus had been posted all over the internet. They were significantly less jazzed to learn that it was a badly bootlegged trailer, apparently shot with a handheld camera and featuring enough glare to blot out most of the picture. Still, what was visible was pretty exciting and reminiscent of the trailer for the original Alien, which Prometheus is intended as a quasi-prequel to.

Not everyone was happy to see the early footage though, including 20th Century Fox chairman Tom Rothman. Rothman told the press that the leak was "heartbreakingly unfair" to the finished product. We're not sure why he's worried. Most people are smart enough to understand that a grainy bootleg doesn't represent what a finished film will look like, and if anything the hype generated by the trailer has boosted the film's profile. Still, we appreciate his concern for the integrity of all of Fox's cinematic art, especially since the last several years have taken a hammer to that sterling reputation. Here are nine Fox studios moments we found a bit more heartbreaking than the Prometheus trailer.

The Day the Earth Stood Still Gets Remade

The original The Day the Earth Stood Still is a sci-fi classic that has aged beautifully. The story, dealing with an alien race that has come to wipe out humanity before we can harm other planets with Nuclear weapons, has an anti-war message as relevant now as it was sixty years ago. Naturally, Fox decided to remake the film, only this time leaving out the strong characterization or storytelling. When a Keanu Reeves performance is only the 4th worst thing about your film, you know you have a problem. Instead of just promoting a gem of its back catalogue with a nice new DVD release, Fox forced out this turd of a remake, which not only tanked at the box office, but will likely harm the original's reputation in the memories of future generations of film fans.

Avatar... in 3-D!

Avatar was a fine film. Its massive success has generated some backlash, and it certainly isn't perfect, but it's an entertaining, watchable movie, if maybe a bit too long. None of this is heartbreaking. What is heartbreaking is that it was released in 3-D... and became the highest grossing film ever. This has inspired every studio, especially Fox, to churn it out their new action films in 3-D, whether they were filmed with that in mind or not. This may grab the studios a few extra bucks per ticket in the short term, but it is turning away film goers who either get headaches from 3-D effects or are tired of paying extra for an effect they don't want. James Cameron made 3-D an essential part of Avatar, and he labored for years to make sure every shot was gorgeous. For most of the rest however, its a cheap gimmick that is fun for a few minutes and quickly becomes annoying.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is Leaked- In Its Entirety

As stressed out as they are over a leaked trailer, imagine how pissed off Fox was in 2009 when Wolverine was released on the net, in it's entirety. Fox tried to spin it as an early work print with unfinished special effects, but there were few noticeable differences in the finished film. Worst of all, fans who were honest and paid to see Wolverine were rewarded with two hours of incomprehensible garbage that nearly sunk the X-Men franchise. As if Fox hadn't already killed enough good will with X-Men: The Last Stand, three years earlier. It all worked out in the end, however, as the recent X-Men: First Class has righted the ship, and Fox has no doubt upped their security to keep such leaks from happening again. Except when it comes to bootlegged trailers.

Fox Brings Us Meet The Spartans

From the makes of Date Movie, Epic Movie, Shit Movie and "If You're Watching This Kill Yourself" Movie, Meet The Spartans was a new low in unwatchable film comedy. But it wasn't actually produced by Fox Studios. They merely distributed the film. Which is sort of like passing out the Kool-Aid at the Jonestown massacre. Sure, they may not have mixed in the cyanide themselves, but they we're still helping perpetuate the atrocity. And I suppose anyone paying to see Meet The Spartans has the will power of your typical cult member anyways. I guess this one is sort of a wash.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

The original Alvin and the Chipmunks film was giant piece of crap. But kids usually don't care how awful a movie is, so it made a ton of money. Thus a sequel was released, and it not only made a lot of money in the states, but its worldwide total was over 400 Million dollars. Which almost guaranteed another sequel (a.k.a. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked). I blame Fox for letting down its usual high standards, and I blame the parents who abused their children by buying them tickets. And I probably spelled "Squeakquel" wrong. Sorry about that.

Live Free or Die Hard Hits Theaters With PG-13 Rating

A lot of people bashed Die Hard 4, but it wasn't all bad. Bruce Willis as John McClane will still provide a better time than most new action films these days. One major factor that killed the film for many people, however, was the noticeable lack of Die Hard style ultra violence and profanity. This was due to a Fox-imposed PG-13 rating. All previous Die Hard films wore their R ratings like a blood covered badge, but Fox felt that shutting out teens from the film would cost them ticket sales. Instead it only alienated previous fans of the series. Dear Fox: Die Hard is a brand. It appeals to fans of the brand. If you dilute it, they will stay home. Fortunately, there was an R rated cut on the DVD, which made the movie feel a bit more like part of the franchise. Unfortunately, Fox has learned nothing, and is reportedly planning to saddle Prometheus with its own PG-13.

Fox Made Two Alien Versus Predator Films. Two!

Speaking of Alien films, let's not forget one of the great Fox Studio's heartbreakers of the last decade: The Alien Versus Predator series. After allowing their Alien and Predator franchises to fall into disrepair, Fox decided to team them up, slap a shiny PG-13 on the package and call it a day. The resulting 2004 film was the worst of either series, but that didn't stop them from releasing a sequel three years later. This time they acquiesced to fan outcry and gave the film an R rating. When it opened to a weak box office, Fox used it to bolster their argument for PG-13 releases. I would counter with the argument that Aliens Versus Predator: Requiem didn't fail because it was rated R, but rather because it was an awful film. Tomato Tomato, Fox!

Idiocracy Gets Buried

There's a bit of debate about the quality of Mike Judge's Idiocracy. Of the eleven people known to have seen the film, 5 like it, 4 hate it, and 2 were too stoned to remember. I enjoyed it, however, and I think many others would have, if Fox had bothered to give it a decent release. Idiocracy opened on only about 130 screens in 2006, and as you can imagine, that's a bit fewer than most major studio releases. Combined with zero promotional efforts, the film disappeared into obscurity and is still struggling to build a cult audience today. It's all well and good for Fox to bury a film if they aren't comfortable with, it's just disheartening to see hit happen to a clever film like Idiocracy in the same year Fox gave major releases to the "comedies" Just My Luck, The Family Stone, and John Tucker Must Die. That Fox was the same studio to botch the release of the beloved Office Space a decade earlier is even more disturbing. Why does Fox buy Mike Judge films if they hate them so?

Mr Popper's Penguins. Period.

If there was any trailer that absolutely broke my heart this year, it was the trailer for Mr Popper's Penguins. Jim Carrey was a comedy god to me when I was in high school, and I just want him to get a chance to be funny again. It's certainly possible. Chevy Chase stopped being funny for a couple of years, and now he's back and as great as ever on Community. It can happen for Jim Carrey too. Of course, Fox doesn't force Carrey to make wretched films. But I am suggesting they maintain a tight grip, like a pimp does to a frightened ho. Jim Carrey is your bottom bitch, Fox. Give him to the richest john on the block!

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