Nimrod Antal Opens Up About Directing Rodriguez' Predators

November 28, 2009
Source: ComingSoon

Predator / Nimrod Antal

Even as we speak, Nimrod Antal and his cast and crew are out in Hawaii shooting Predators, the Robert Rodriguez produced reboot of the sci-fi franchise that started some 22 years ago. We first learned in July that Antal was directing Predators and found out who's in the cast in October, but this is the first time Antal has spoken out about working on the project and what his plans are as well as his love for the franchise. "So far, it's been great, and I think that the fans who may have been underwhelmed by the last two AVP films, I think they're in for a very pleasant surprise," Antal told ComingSoon in an interview. Read on for more!

There any many questions to ask Antal about how they're handling this reboot, but let's start with how they found a balance between practical effects and CGI. "I think [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. We were in Hawaii for a month in the jungle, so there's going to be some pretty impressive locations." He doesn't confirm whether there are multiple Predators or not, like the title alludes to, and always answers every question carefully (as in, he doesn't really talk about the creatures).

Next up, the cast for this doesn't include any Arnold Schwarzenegger-like big buff actors. Instead, it's made up of other "smaller" guys like Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, Derek Mears (who is actually big guy), Danny Trejo (who's also pretty damn buff), and Alice Braga. So why choose this rather odd cast?

"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."

And of course, there's a concern about whether Antal is even the right director for this. But don't worry, he's a pretty big fan himself. "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," Antal enthusiastically told ComingSoon. And as for Rodriguez' involvement, he explains: "He is involved in the screenplay and we've had a lot of conversations, and any big decisions I want to make, I always speak to him about, but he's been very gracious and he's been letting me do my thing. He's really let me perform and he's letting me dance, so again, I'm grateful to him for that."

Antal adds: "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." From these quotes at least, it sounds like they're headed in the right direction. Though I'm anxious to see a poster or a photo or something to confirm that it's on the right path. And while we're waiting, you might as well go see Armored this weekend, as it was directed by Antal and is the film that Rodriguez hired him off of. So if it's great, then we know this is at least in good hands. Oh, and thankfully it'll be rated R. Phew! Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


regardless how big, bad & buff one may be, a well placed bullet will clean your clock for good...mercenaries come in all shapes and sizes....sounds like there may be a bit of realism in this production after all...really glad they laid off the body builder BS...curious now to see just how this turns out...

HootchieKootchie Man on Nov 28, 2009


I'll spoil it for you, Man. It turns out terrible.

Dr. Peter Venkman on Nov 28, 2009


FUCK YEAH!!!! Can't wait. Bring it!

jebb on Nov 28, 2009


Yeah I agree with hootchie its nice to see a group of badasses not be all german and unrealistically ripped like there going to explode. I wont turn this down too quickly but I am not gonna be at all suprised if it turns out EXACTLY like the last 2.

Cody on Nov 28, 2009


i think it sounds like it is in good hands. should be great

samuel j on Nov 28, 2009


Great cast. And I also enjoyed the advance screening of Armored I went to. Very cool movie.

Andy on Nov 28, 2009


sounds pretty good and i like the shooting location.

jake the snake on Nov 28, 2009


I like it, thanks for sharing

Bui Thi Xuan on Nov 28, 2009


I like it too

Marie Curie on Nov 28, 2009


The man's name is Nimrod.

J-Love on Nov 28, 2009


ive got high hopes for this film. being a fan myself i've suffered thru watching the garbage from the past few years and really would love someone to give me the predator i remember as a kid. hopefully it surprises us as J.J.'s Star Trek did but then again that was a one in a million for scifi geeks like myself. regardless ive got my fingers crossed and will be following this picture closely. ^_^

Nick S. on Nov 28, 2009


Adrian Brody=Win(if he is the main lead then double win! Will he make it out alive?) Danny Trejo=Win(Billy?) Derek Mears=Can he act?(badass standoff?) Walton Goggins=Win(die quickly?) Topher Grace=? What do you guys think?(horrible death, maybe? Suicide while taking out one of the hunters?) Alice Barga=Win (great for a female lead. Die?)

Xerxex on Nov 28, 2009


Reboots are shit!!! Hollywood stop the fucking reboots!!!

Dan on Nov 28, 2009


Like predator, predator 2, did not care for Alien v predator thought is was crap. hope that this predators reboot is somthing diffrant, shall await to see what happens with future articals on the film.

Cineprog on Nov 29, 2009


I agree with 13 on this one... Reboots ARE shit

Linkfx on Nov 29, 2009


@#13 and #15 Linkfx and Dan Reboots are not shit they good Remakes are shit

tazz on Nov 29, 2009


It has been far too long since something quality came out of either Alien or Predator camps. The last 2 AvPs spit in our faces. This sounds like this guy actually cares about making something that fans will actually dig instead of just making money off of the IP like the last few films did. Hopefully. Wont be holding my breath though.

Breach on Nov 29, 2009


I agree with #12 on the Adrian Brody lead. He is a good actor, its kinda like what they did with HULK, casting Ed Norton as David Banner. That turned out to be a great idea. We can only hope they get the story right.

JussHaten on Nov 29, 2009


I'm feeling better towards the movie after this for sure. I also can't wait to see pictures or a behind the scenes blog video or something to see what they're up to

Dan W on Nov 29, 2009


I lost all hope after reading the cast....we didn't pick a buff guy, we picked Brody? WTF!?!

Tra la la la la di da on Nov 29, 2009


#20 they got two big guys, Mears and Trejo.

xerxex on Nov 29, 2009


With Rodriguez at the helm, I feel a little bit better about this. Brody seems like just a strange enough choice to be a perfect fit. We'll have to see how it goes.

RC on Nov 30, 2009


Get to the Choppa!!!

Jack n Jill on Nov 30, 2009


They should bring back a one-armed Carl Whethers...

Telltale Twin on Dec 1, 2009


this one will have the real hollywood treatment not the platinum dunes shit, decent actors decent story , should be fun , oh yea no more arnold like actors? thats cool but remember the first predator was the best 1 , all the other movies just cashed in on the idea. seems this one might break out of that mold.

subcelsious on Dec 1, 2009


Mears could be playing the predator for all we know.

Heckle0 on Dec 1, 2009


Brody is a fantastic pick. If you know what real special operation soldiers look like, they have the exact build of Brody. A guy like Arnold cant run 9 miles in 50 minutes, they cant sneak around quietly, they cant climb well, etc. All commandos are thin and wiry guys. I just hope the script is top knotch. The last 2 AVP films have just been god awful. requiem looked like it was a SciFi channel original, it broke my heart. Talk about a movie that has the potential to be one of the SciFI greats and then film studios allow that shit to be put out!!! you would think a studio would realize the potential and then fund it accordingly, with enough money for great actors, great script guys, a great director and awesome special effects. The studio could recoup its money 100x if they just did it right. im really hoping that Predators comes through and sparks a whole new story line that can be carried on in years to come. i wish everyone could just forget those AVP movies were ever made, especially requiem. Predators is our last hope!!!! DONT SCREW IT UP!!!!!

Bran on Jan 19, 2010

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