'The Three Stooges': 5 other movies bringing back popular stories

"The Three Stooges" hits theaters this Friday, and over the next year, everything from '70s TV shows to '90s hit comedies are coming to the multiplex.

3. 'Prometheus'

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The "Alien" franchise had its last installment in 1997 with its fourquel "Alien: Resurrection," which starred Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley and Winona Ryder as Annalee Call. This new movie is a prequel and is rumored to explore the story behind a mysterious body found by the spaceship's crew in the original 1979 film "Alien." Actors Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron are all on board, but other plot details have been kept under wraps. The movie's scheduled for release June 8.

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