Predators gains director
Predators has its director, and it's one of the names that's already been banded around, Nimród Antal.
You might be thinking who's he? Well let me say Control (Filmstalker review), Vacancy (Filmstalker review) and Armored. Okay you may not have seen Armored as yet, but I can tell you I was rather taken with Vacancy, despite the film getting a chilly reception.
Well Robert Rodriguez has chosen Nimród Antal to head up the new film in the Predator franchise, getting rid of all the Alien deadwood and moving back to something akin to Predator crossing the idea behind the original Alien sequel.
"I always loved Kontroll, where he proved himself to be a very resourceful and original filmmaker. When I saw Armored, I could tell he's also great with action and has a keen eye for casting. He reminded me of Quentin with how he was able to work with a group of very strong, singular actor talents and make it look effortless. I know he'll be able to get the most out of what we want to be an outstanding cast. We really want to go with a character driven action movie, because that's what we all remember about the original Predator, and we want to take it even further with this."
There are issues facing them, not least from the studio label of Fox itself, something that Rodriguez tries to brush off saying that the film is being made at his studio, not Fox, so there shouldn't be any problems.
Now for the biggest part of the story, and I hope you've stayed with us for this, he's revealed a little about the story itself, and it sounds exactly like the plot of Predator mixed with Aliens, just what we've been speculating about since the beginning.
"...it still involves a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors (that are not always from outside their group). So like the original movie, the title does have a double meaning.
Aliens was a different take on the Alien idea, and an original movie in it's own right, and that's what we want to do with this."
So that's what we're looking at for the set-up of Predators, but it's interesting to see that the script is still being written, or rather re-written, and that's a good thing, especially as the director has just arrived. This means that it won't just be a story handed to the director to say get on with it, he's going to be involved from the re-writes, hopefully, and that's a good thing.
You know the signs are good, I won't say perfect, but they are good. I'm glad Rodriguez is not directing and I'm even excited that they've pulled in Nimród Antal to direct, I think that's really bold and strong move, and suggests nothing but good for the film.