International posters for director Nimród Antal's Predators have recently been released, showing up on three Italian websites. Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Predators is a direct sequel to Predator (ignoring Predator 2) and focuses on a group of disparate, dangerous humans who are transported to the alien hunters' planet to provide them with sport. see the three new posters >> Posted 05.20.10 by BrentJS
The first official poster for director Nimród Antal's Predators was recently unveiled at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, now in its last day of programming. The poster was followed by producer Robert Rodriguez introducing the first footage of the movie in a behind-the-scenes featurette that gave a first look at the new Predators and also revealed concept art of another monstrous creature that the movie's heroes will have to face.
Now, the first official trailer for the movie has debuted online. In keeping with Antal's recent statements about wanting to maintain the horror element of the movie by keeping "the monster in the shadows," not much more is seen of the Predators in the trailer that hasn't already been revealed in the featurette. What you do see is just how terrified the hardened hunters and soliders—and one serial killer—--are of the creatures that have collected them for their "game preserve," which will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
Posted 03.19.10 by BrentJS
Most of the initial buzz coming out of the currently ongoing South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, has focused on the world premiere of director Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. In addition to being a crowd-pleaser, Kick-Ass generated mostly positive reviews from critics.
However, another highly-anticipated genre movie that had fans at the festival talking is the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators, a direct sequel to the original Predator (ignoring Predator 2). While the Nimród Antal-directed movie is four months away from release and did not screen in its entirety, the first official poster for the movie debuted and fans in attendance were offered a first look at some of the finished footage in a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes commentary from Rodriguez, as well as concept art and a glimpse at a monster more terrifying than the Predators themselves.
Thankfully, for those of us unable to attend SXSW, the featurette has now been made available online, courtesy of Movieweb. Enjoy! Posted 03.16.10 by BrentJS
Another A-list talent has reportedly been added to the increasingly impressive cast of Robert Rodriguez's production of Predators. According to Shock Till You Drop (STYD), Laurence Fishburne will join Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody in the Nimród Antal-directed sequel to Predator (ignoring the original sequel, Predator 2).
It should be noted, however, that STYD does not cite a source for the information, and "Roland," the character Fishburne is said to be playing, is not mentioned in an early script review. It should also be noted that Predators was supposed to begin filming last month, so the addition of Fishburne at this stage is somewhat surprising. Posted 12.18.09 by BrentJS
When producer Robert Rodriguez declared his new film Predators a direct sequel to Predator (and ignoring Predator 2), many were expecting the sort of beefy cast that was assembled for the 1987 original. So, when it was first announced that Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody was cast in the lead role, the reactions of fans and critics were not overwhelmingly positive.
One of the more scathing responses to the news came from Jarett Wieselman of The New York Post who wrote:
If I was combing through a crowd of actors for one I could trust to get me to the chopper, I'd blow right past Adrien Brody and keep holding out for a hero.
In a recent interview with Coming Soon, Predators director Nimród Antal explained his decision to cast Brody by saying that he wanted his soldiers to look more authentic than the original's cast.
I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, "What?" but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic. He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they're not "yolked-out" Schwarzenegger-looking guys. They're all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it's going to play well.
With Schwarzenegger's recent, albeit digital appearance in Terminator: Salvation, many have wondered if he might make a return appearance in Predators as Dutch. In June, it was reported that Rodriguez had "reached out" to Schwarzenegger to appear in a supporting role, but Antal's recent statements seem to indicate that he is looking toward the future of the franchise rather than to its past.
Time will tell. We'll see, but we are trying to stay with the original as far as the monster and the atmosphere and the tone of the film, but we are trying to do something new and contemporary and feels fresh. Posted 12.01.09 by BrentJS
What would a Predator sequel be without Arnold Schwarzenegger? Why, Predator 2, of course, which is the kind of cinematic blunder Robert Rodriguez wants to avoid on Predators, an official sequel and not a remake or reboot of the 1987 original.
MovieHole reports that Rodriguez has "reached out to Schwarzenegger" to reprise his role of Dutch from the first Predator. However, Rodriguez and his Troublemaker Studios "haven't had a response yet" from Schwarzenegger. Being Governor of California takes time away from returning phone calls, it seems.
The Predators script, based on a 15-year-old treatment by Rodriguez and rewritten by Alex Litvak, will not feature Schwarzenegger in a starring role, but rather a smaller, supporting one. The script is apparently "violent -- like the original" and "packed with action." A director for Predators has yet to be named, with Rodriguez serving only as producer for the movie. Posted 06.05.09 by Ryan