Nimród Antal Talks Predators
Director Nimród Antal’s latest production, Armored, hits theaters this Friday, but it’s highly unlikely anyone will want to chat about that one without getting in a few questions about his highly anticipated relaunching of the Predator franchise next summer. Coming Soon won’t post their full interview with Antal until later this week, but did post the portions during which he talked about Robert Rodriguez’s Predators.
Appropriately, the first question was about how the production is going. With just a month left of filming, Antal said, “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.”
Considering the film’s title, it’s hard not to notice that Rodriguez is involved in some capacity. Antal explained, “Robert hired me, so obviously I'm very grateful for him giving me a shot. 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 let me dance, so again, I'm grateful to him for that.” Why’d Rodriguez give Antal a shot to begin with? “He had seen Kontroll and he had watched Armored and I think based on those two films, he gave me a chance.”
Since Predator’s release in 1987, technology has advanced immensely. So, will Antal jump on the opportunity to go CGI crazy? "I think we 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."
Antal is a huge fan of the original and even stood in line to see the film when he was just 14-years-old. While it wasn’t easy for him to find a happy medium between paying homage to the 1987 film and infusing his own new ideas, early on, he declared his plan to go in a new direction in terms of casting. Rather than go for a husky Arnold Schwarzenegger type, he opted for the super lanky Adrian Brody. “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.”
Speaking of Schwarzenegger, there was no moving on from the Predators topic without probing for a potential cameo. Antal kept cool and said “Time will tell. We'll see, but 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."
While nothing particularly newsworthy was stated – except perhaps for the movie being R-rated – this interview makes me even more excited for and hopefully about the film. Antal seems very in touch with the source material and determined to bring back the elements we love while including some novel concepts of his own. I’m aching to see a trailer!
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