Prey lining up for Predators
Some time ago I heard about a planned sequel to/reboot of the Predator franchise with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) involved in some capacity. In the ensuing months, the details have shaken out somewhat: Rodriguez will produce Predators (I think the full title is actually Robert Rodriguez’s Predators, which is awesome in a John Carpenter way) with director Nimród Antal, who made the Luke Wilson/Kate Beckinsdale thriller Vacancy (which I never saw, but I heard it’s better than the cash-in on the torture-porn craze it appeared to be) and the upcoming action thriller Armored, behind the camera. Now the cast of Predators is starting to come together, and it includes Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as the lead human, alongside Rodriguez regular Danny Trejo, Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Redbelt) and Spider-Man 3 co-star and That ’70s Show alum Topher Grace is in talks to play what sounds like a riff on American Psycho. Also on board is character actor Walt Goggins, best known for his role as a loose-cannon cop on The Shield.
I love the idea of this movie, partly because I’ve always loved the Predator movies (well, I guess I only really love the first one, which is a classic) and partly because Rodriguez is exactly the kind of filmmaker a new Predator movie needs. I have no doubt he gets the things that make the original movie great (his action movies are incredibly violent, and a Predator movie without severed limbs and other kinds of graphic violence isn’t really a Predator movie), and the plot of Predators – a ragtag band of violent humans is rounded up and hunted by a group of the badass alien hunters – nicely echoes the original 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick. (And they’re shooting part of the film in Hawaii, which suggests a return to the jungle locale of the first movie.)
Robert Rodriguez’s Predators starts shooting next month, and dreadlocked aliens will resume hunting woefully underequipped humans on July 9, 2010. I can't wait.
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