Iâ€™m excited about â€œPredatorsâ€ â€“ not only because Nimrod Antal (his film â€œKontrollâ€ was sensational) is directing, but because itâ€™s seemingly being made by folks who despised the â€œAliens vs. Predatorâ€ movies as much as we cinemagoers did. Oh, and the script isnâ€™t too shabby either!
Antal, currently lensing the â€˜sequelâ€™ to John McTiernanâ€™s action classic in Hawaii, tells Coming Soon that â€œthe fans who may have been underwhelmed by the last two AVP films… I think they’re in for a very pleasant surpriseâ€.
Antalâ€™s already scoring points from the fans by not only announcing how much more violent this film will be to the â€œAvPâ€ movies, but that he prefers to do practical effects, rather than using a computer to generate cinematic magic.
“I think [Robert Rodriguez and I] both recognize that the original film was as good as it was because of the practical, because it was a guy in a suit, because it was the jungle, so we stay true to that.â€
Unlike the original, Antal didnâ€™t want to cast a muscly â€˜action typeâ€™ in the lead role though, and instead went for the slightly weedier Adrien Brody â€“ and with good reason.
â€œI 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.”
Having said that, Schwarzeneggerâ€™s character from the original film (â€˜Dutchâ€™) does appear, albeit briefly, in the â€œPredatorsâ€ script, so, question is, will the Governor find time to come and cameo?
“Time will tellâ€, the tight-lipped filmmaker says.
Antal, whose new film â€œArmoredâ€ opens in the states next week, tells the site he had a hard-on for the original â€œPredatorâ€ when it was released in the Reagan-era.
“Let me tell you, I was so much of a fan that I stood in line when I was 14 and I had the poster on my wall. I was a huge fan,” he said.
Same here. Poster on the wall. â€œPredatorâ€ ticket-stub in my â€œticket-stub scrapbookâ€ (I kid you not). Framed postcard of â€˜Dutchâ€™ on the bedside table.