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Predators director talks casting

Predator.jpgThe director of Predators, Nimród Antal, had been talking about the film and the casting that we've heard of to date, he's also been discussing the role that Robert Rodriguez will play in the film. Also, that inevitable question has arisen, what of Arnold Schwarzenegger and would he return to the film.

Of course he's saying little about it at the moment, and so we have to wait and see, and there's far from enough to know what direction he's wanting to take the film, but this is definitely a start. If you're desperate to know where Predators is going, who better to hear it from?

Nimród Antal first caught my attention with his film Vacancy (Filmstalker review). While everyone wants to mention Kontroll first, because that's the cooler, hipper film to mention, I think Vacancy delivers an equally strong film in a different area, and it's a film that I believe is more entertaining.

I'm still waiting to see Armored, and that will have to wait until the 22nd of January until we in the UK can see it. Despite the US, Canada and Spain getting to see it in December, the rest of the world has to wait for the release throughout January and February, even stretching into March for some.

However hopes are high for that film, and considering what he did with Vacancy I have some interest in what he can deliver for Predators.

So I was excited to see that Coming Soon had interviewed the man about the upcoming film, but disappointed to see how little he really says. He talks about Robert Rodriguez and how he's written the script and giving him an almost free reign to do what he wants with the film. He talks about how the original was made with lots of practical effects and that's how they want to make this one, mainly practical.

He also reveals that he has his director of photography from Kontroll, that he was a fan of the original and the usual stuff. However he also says that they've spent a month filming in the jungles of Hawaii and then he gives us the interesting stuff. He starts talking about the casting choices:

”...it was a challenge in finding a balance. 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.”

I did think it was a bit odd casting Adrien Brody, but then I guess he is coming a bit cheaper than his “Oscar Winner” status would suggest. You can see his point though, and yet I think there's something other than realism playing a part here. If they cast a big body type in the lead then there are going to be a lot more comparisons made with the original, and if they do get Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the film then he's going to have a lot of competition, he's not the man he used to be.

That's the next point that's addressed, is he coming back?

”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.”

That's really skirting round the issue, but it sounds like there's at least a chance for him to return. I think what is the biggest thing from that last statement is that they are doing a lot to stay close to the original story, the structure of the film feels the same from this early stage too.

Time will also tell if it works.



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