Neil Marshall to Direct Robert Rodriguez' Predators Reboot?!
For some odd reason, I thought Robert Rodriguez himself was going to direct the Predators reboot. But I was wrong. Bloody Disgusting has learned that British filmmaker Neil Marshall, of Dog Soldiers, The Descent, and Doomsday previously, will most likely end up being the director chosen to bring us more Predator mayhem. Rodriguez is still producing and developing the project at Troublemaker Studios with 20th Century Fox overseeing, but apparently Neil Marshall is in negotiations to direct (but hasn't officially signed on). He's very good with creatures and horror, I'll say that, but can he handle big sci-fi action?
Most people think of Neil Marshall as a great director primarily because he brought us one of the very best modern horror movies, The Descent, but those who saw Doomsday know that he can screw up, too. I know for certain that I'm not the only one who hated Doomsday, but there are others who enjoyed it quite a bit. Then again, I'd say Descent was better prep for Predators than Doomsday was. And as long he's not writing, then I'm confident that it will at least be in good hands. Right before Doomsday first came out, I wrote-up a feature on his techniques and shooting style, focusing on his passion for gritty and practical filmmaking.
Back in April, Rodriguez dropped some early hints at what we can expect to see in this reboot. "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." So is Neil Marshall a worthy filmmaker for this new Predators movie?