By Dave Campbell | March 13, 2010
Since JP and I were just getting out of the Kick-Ass premiere, we were unable to make it in time for the PREDATORS First Look. Tears almost fell from JP’s eyes, but don’t fret; since there are many press outlets covering SXSW FILM 2010 surely someone would have a good summary. As it turns out Cinema Blend (click for full story) was there and have provided a nice summary of the events in the bullet points below.
The full trailer for PREDATORS will release on March 18th, with the film hitting theaters on July 9th.
Producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal were on hand to provide the following:
- The idea for the movie came from a 1996 script by Robert Rodriguez, but it’s been rewritten extensively since his script featured a return by Schwarzenegger’s Dutch from the original movie, while this movie does not.
- The original Predator design from the original movie is in there, used for the first time since the 1987 movie. It’s a small part, but Rodriguez describes it as” a total flashback”, like seeing an actor you haven’t seen in a long time on screen.
- Predators won’t be in 3D.
- The movie uses primarily practical effects. The predators are all actors in costumes, there are no CG predators. Green screen was used only on a few brief sequences. They shot on location in Hawaii and in places around Austin.
- Predators will definitely be rated-R. Fox may be planning an Unrated DVD.
- James Cameron told Rodriguez that he came up with the original design for the Predator mouth used by effects guru Stan Winston.
- Their first attempt at a trailer was rejected by the MPAA, and it ended with the Predators title fading out to leave only the “R”, a clear hint at their intention to deliver a gritty, hard-R film. You won’t see that in the trailers which were finally approved.
- The film will introduce new kinds of never before seen predators. The concept was to develop the “iPod of predators”. Rodriguez explains these streamlined predators as being part of a different tribe from the ones we’ve seen before. It’s like the difference between “wolves and dogs”. New predators include Falconer predators, a massive Flusher predator they call “Mr. Black” (referred to in some internet rumors as a “Super Predator” which is just a meaningless script description), and you’ll see predator dogs along with airborne predator creatures.
- Rodriguez and Antal wanted each human character on the planet to feel like they could be a character in their own solo story.
- Expect to see lots of different alien creatures, including predator animals and other “prey” brought to the planet by predator hunters.
- You’ll see two different predator tribes in the movie.
- All of the film’s characters are new and how they get to the planet is new.
- There is a reference in the film to the original movie in the form of something a character believes was a ghost story. This character will recognize the original predator for what it is when it’s seen.