Early Hints of What to Expect in Rodriguez's Predators
Just a week ago we brought you word that Robert Rodriguez would officially be rebooting the Predator franchise with a new film called Predators. The pitch was simple: "In the reboot a team of commandos face down a mysterious race of vicious monsters." Since everyone wanted to know more about it, Harry at Ain't It Cool News tracked down Rodriguez and got him to answer a few questions. His answers were sent it last week, but I thought they'd still be worth mentioning since I haven't brought them up yet. Importantly, Rodriguez explains that this is simply Fox taking an interest in treatment that he wrote 15 years ago.
"With a nod toward Cameron's Aliens I decided to call it Predators. I set it on a jungle-like Predator planet." It wasn't until recently that Fox found the treatment and gave him a call. Now they've started some early development, however it looks like they're going to bring in a new writer and director to take over the reigns, so that Rodriguez won't have to do it all on his own. However, the project will still be produced at Troublemaker Studios in Austin, so that he "can feel free to walk to the Predators soundstage, pick up a camera and co-shoot the coolest scenes." As for a hint at what Rodriguez wants to do with the franchise…
"What I'd like to do with it is expand on ideas I dreamt up back in the original treatment, that had really expanded on the universe both the Predators and other species live in. We'd create new otherworldly characters while not taking away from the draw our main Predator has. I think another reason I called it Predators was to mark it as a project that should be taken seriously by a filmmaker to make a worthy follow up to a classic, much in the way Cameron made Aliens a compelling work on its own, following Ridley Scott's Alien."
That's all we'll get for now, especially considering Rodriguez isn't sure whether they'll go in a different direction or stick with what he has in his treatment. I'm worried that Fox will take this down the wrong path, but I think with Rodriguez involved, he'll make sure it doesn't get screwed over. I like his idea so far and I'm honestly more happy to see the Predator franchise rebooted than restarted, as there's no need for another sequel. It'll be cool to see them expand upon what we've seen. While I can complain all day about how their is no more originality, I'm actually kind of excited to see Fox interested in bringing back both Alien and Predator. As long as they're not fighting against each other, I think we'll be fine.