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Robert Rodriguez schreibt bei Twitter.com...
killer first day of Predators.
Heat Vision meldet...
[...] Adrien Brody is boarding to star in "Robert Rodriguez's Predators," Fox’s reboot of the sci-fi franchise being directed by Nimrod Antal. Rodriguez is producing with Elizabeth Avellan.
Topher Grace is in negotiations to join the action-adventure movie, to which Alice Braga ("I Am Legend"), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali ("The 4400"), Walt Goggins ("The Shield"), Rodriguez mainstay Danny Trejo and UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov have also been cast.
Written by Rodriguez, Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, the script follows a group of elite warrior-types who are being hunted by members of a race of merciless alien trackers called Predators.
Brody is a man who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader and is known as a hunter of men. Grace would play an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer.
Braga is the tough female killer. Ali is a man not afraid to die, Goggins is the loose canon of the group and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent.
Trejo, already cast, is Cuchillo, a hardened warrior with twin uzis strapped to his back.
Shooting begins next month in Hawaii then moves to moves to Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin. [...]
[...] one of Rodriguez's cast will be none other than Walton Goggins, star of the FX series "The Shield."
Unfortunately, we do not have any information yet on which role he might be playing, but we'll update the story as we receive confirmation. Either way, we can probably except there to be a lot more cast announced for the anticipated reboot in the coming weeks. [...]
Latino Review wirft einen Blick auf das "Predators"-Script und erwähnt, dass Danny Trejo wohl die Rolle des Cuchillo spielen wird...
In einem Video-Interview mit Punch Drunk Critics erwähnt Danny Trejo (u.a. "Machete") seine Beteiligung in "Predators"...
Moviehole sprach mit Howard Berger von der Effektschmiede KNB...
[...] Berger, who won an Oscar for his work on the first "Chronicles of Narnia" film (and whose latest film, "Surrogates", opens this week), says "we wanted to have the Predator look as it did in the original film. We went back and looked at the original. I actually worked in the shop with Stan Winston on the first film. It was great to be able to go back to the series having not been involved in any of the sequels, and it was also great to be able to make sure we built them as Stan Winston did." While Berger supervises "Dawn Treader" in Queensland, Nicotero perfects the ‘Predators’ back home in Los Angeles.
"They look really fantastic. There's a whole bunch of cool [Predator's] in the film, and everyone's going to be very happy that we've been very faithful to the Stan Winston designs. It's out next year. It's shooting very soon."
Tim Ryan’s Reel Hawaii berichtet über die Suche nach einem passenden Drehort für "Predators"...
[...] Scouts for 20th Century Fox’s $40-million creature feature are back on the Big Island for their third week of scouting Hawaii most of it where a lot of jungles have been looked at. The production would film for 18 days with an October start if the Hawaii portion is a go. That decision is expected to be made very soon... Some Hawaii production execs are being contacted about availability...
The creature feature is directed by Nimród Antal. Filming begins Sept. 28th at producer Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin TX... Produced by Rodriguez, the new film will involve a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors that are not always from outside their group. The sci-fi action-adventure is written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch... Predators is slated to open summer 2010 [...]
[...] who will be realizing the Predators this time around? Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger's KNB FX. This is the first time the shop has tackled the otherworldly hunters, however, individually, Nicotero worked on the '87 film, as did Berger and KNB's Shannon Shea.
"It is going to be KILLER," Nicotero told me earlier this afternoon when I inquired about Predators. Of course, KNB and Robert Rodriguez - who is producing the latest film - have had a long history together collaborating on From Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City, to name two titles.
KNB is currently at work on Priest for Screen Gems as well.
Production Weekly meldet via Twitter...
Nimrod Antal is scheduled to being filming on Fox's reboot of "Predators," on Sept 28th at Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin
Robert Rodriguez hat gegenüber AICN bestätigt, dass Nimród Antal (u.a. "Armored", "Vacancy") Regie bei "Predators" führen wird...
[...] on a personal level I found him to be an outstanding presence, a great communicator full of ideas, and upon meeting him you can immediately understand how he is able to wrangle cast and crew and get the best out of everyone. I always loved Kontroll, where he proved himself to be a very resourceful and original filmmaker. When I saw Armored, I could tell he's also great with action and has a keen eye for casting. He reminded me of Quentin with how he was able to work with a group of very strong, singular actor talents and make it look effortless. I know he'll be able to get the most out of what we want to be an outstanding cast. We really want to go with a character driven action movie, because that's what we all remember about the original Predator, and we want to take it even further with this.
Your original PREDATORS treatment back in the day was a very large scale production. At what scale are we looking at for this movie? How big is this going to be?
The original PREDATORS script was large scale, because as a writer I didn't have to worry about how it would be made. I didn't care it was 1994, and that the majority of the movie wasn't even technically possible at the time. As far as I was concerned, that was going to be the filmmakers job. I just had to write a cool script.
Well, now it's come back to haunt me, but good news is that a lot of this (and a hell of a lot more) is doable today. We'll have to be cutting edge to pull it off, but that's what makes it exciting for us, and will be the challenge in bringing this to screaming life. [...]
Give us a quick rundown on the planned story we're going to be getting, because PREDATORS - as you told me the first time we talked about this project, was always meant to be what ALIENS was to ALIEN. How do you and Antal beat McTiernan and Arnold?
I can't go too much into the story right now, because we're still writing. But it still involves a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors (that are not always from outside their group). So like the original movie, the title does have a double meaning.
Aliens was a different take on the Alien idea, and an original movie in it's own right, and that's what we want to do with this.
As to how this movie will be viewed, one of the guys at Fox told me "No one is ever going to talk about AVP again after this film, I will stake my life on it." [...]
Wie Latino Review meldet, scheint Nimród Antal (u.a. "Armored", "Vacancy") ein aussichtsreicher Kandidat für den "Predators"-Regiestuhl zu sein...
Harry von AICN kommentiert die Gerüchte, laut denen Neil Marshall Regie bei "Predators" führen wird...
[...] I'm in real close contact with Robert Rodriguez on this project and I can tell you with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that Neil Marshall is one of about 7 names that Robert is looking at and meeting with right now. Neil wants this gig badly, but then so do the other folks. I contacted Robert about this story and his update was that he's looking at various works by the guys in the running, and he'll be seeing Neil's CENTURION very soon (lucky bastard) - but at this point - Neil and the other candidates are collectively holding their breaths to see who comes out the other end.
Robert doesn't want the LIST of names out there at this point, but like so many rumors hitting the net at this juncture - it seems a lot of folks that hear something and leap to report before there is really anything solid.
Neil's CLOSE TALKS are the same as all the others. He has met with Robert. Robert did like him. Robert is looking forward to seeing CENTURION. But he has similar feelings about the other candidates. Let's all just be patient and see how it pans out.
Bei AICN kommentiert Rodriguez die Gerüchte, laut denen Schwarzenegger für "Predators" zurückkehren wird...
[...] Online news is amazing, much more exciting than real life!
There are so many sites saying that I'm actively pursuing Arnold!
Feels like all i have to do is sit here, and let the websites do the work!
Actually, what probably happened is someone conjured that up because of my 1994 draft, that had Dutch as a main character. And then it probably just built from there.
But no, we're still writing a new script, and although I know Arnold personally and he's the coolest person on the planet, I have not contacted him about this at all at this time.
As promised, I'll keep you posted on such developments since Predator is such a fan favorite.
But then again, he could very well have told someone he'd be into it. Who knows?
Personally, I haven't heard anything. But it's still early in the day. [...]
[...] got onto someone in-the-know this morning, who confirmed that Rodriguez is indeed courting Schwarzenegger for the movie - but so far it’s a one-way conversation.
"Robert’s camp has just reached out to Arnie’s [camp]", we were informed. "But they haven’t had a response yet".
Now that doesn’t mean Arnie’s blocking Rodriguez’s calls, nor does it mean he’s waiting for a bag of cash to be transferred to a locker at Union station, it simply means the guy is busy (being Governor) and hasn’t had a chance to get back to Rodriguez yet. Obviously, with the start date coming up pretty quickly on the project, they’re going to want an answer sooner rather than later but there’s still time for Arnie to agree to lend his, er, canons to the movie.
"They’ve written a role for him" a second source later told us via email. ‘’Rodriguez is as against the idea of a straight-up remake as much as anyone - which is why they’re considering this an official sequel to John McTiernan’s film. Like Terminator, they know Schwarzenegger’s a vital ingredient of the franchise. Ideally, Arnold will see it that way too. Ball is in his court now".
Schwarzenegger would reprise his role as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, the canon-armed Special Forces leader who took on the "ugly mother-fucker" in the Jungle back in the Reagan-era.
Dutch won’t be the main character in the film, but he will play a part (again, if Schwarzenegger agrees) in the film. I’m guessing it’d be a day or two’s work for the Oak at best.
Interestingly enough, Schwarzenegger was asked to cameo as Dutch in Stephen Hopkins’ poorly-received "Predator 2" (1990) but knocked back the offer (the Dutch character was rewritten; Gary Busey took his place). That was more to do with script issues than anything else I believe - something that likely won’t be an issue this time around.
"The script is terrific... I hear. It’s partly the old Predators script Rodriguez did, but mostly new stuff by [Alex] Litvak. And it’s violent - like the original. Everybody here at [name removed] has pointed out how much better it is than [Paul W.S] Anderson’s abomination. Doesn't sound like there's any reason to worry".
I actually like Rodriguez's first draft of "Predators" (though I do understand why much of it has been rewritten) - it's big and expansive; packed with action. Glad they're actually going down that route, rather than rebooting the first film. [...]
Bei AICN beantwortet Robert Rodriguez Fragen zu "Predators"...
1. Quite some time ago you created a treatment called PREDATORS, which was about Arnold's characters being shipped to the Predator home world where they were put into an alien menagerie.
Now that you're producing a PREDATOR movie, is there any hope that it'll be called PREDATORS and be based upon your original treatment? And if not, what direction are you taking this and does it have a title?
Robert Rodriguez: Way back before I did Desperado, I had taken a writing assignment for a sequel to Predator.
With a nod toward Cameron's ALIENS I decided to call it PREDATORS. I set it on a jungle-like Predator planet. It was just a writing assignment, so I didn't have to worry about budget constraints or how the movie would actually get made with the technology that existed back then, so I just wrote any cool thing I could come up with.
Fast forward 15 years to when I got a call from Alex Young over at Fox, who had been digging around and found my original treatment. He was eager to get it made and re-invent the Predator franchise using the treatment as a guide. So he contacted me to see if I'd be interested in being involved, and it seemed like the perfect project for us over at Troublemaker Studios.
I've built up an amazing team over the years at Troublemaker, and they're all huge PREDATOR fans. (I know this because Predator model kits litter our offices and workstations.) So the next stage is finding a writer and director to come in and work with us to bring it to life. Whether or not it will ultimately be based on the treatment or not is still unknown at this time.
2. The original John McTiernan PREDATOR is a brilliant action/ science fiction film. What is it that you're hoping to bring to fans of that film that will revive the franchise?
RR: PREDATOR is a masterpiece of the action/science fiction genre. Its been borrowed from so much in other movies and even video games (that will now probably be turned into movies themselves) that I liked the idea that we could have PREDATORS made relatively quickly. 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.
Alex is passionate about re-inventing the series to a new and exciting level, and as a fan myself I'm all for it.
3. Will you work to get the Governor involved somehow in your new PREDATOR production?
RR: This is still the early stages, so we haven't approached him about taking part. As things develop further, we'll keep you posted, because this is obviously a fan favorite.
4. Are you going to make this a badass R-rated Predator movie?
RR: We haven't discussed rating yet, but my treatment was very "R."
5. What is coming up next for you as director and is there any chance that you'd take the reins on PREDATORS?
RR: The idea is that I'd produce PREDATORS here at Troublemaker Studios, so that I can feel free to walk to the PREDATORS soundstage, pick up a camera and co-shoot the coolest scenes.
Directing wise, next up will be NERVERACKER for the Weinstein Company.
Laut erc BoxOffice soll Robert Rodriguez den Film für Fox bereits am 7. Juli 2010 in die Kinos bringen...
Wie IESB meldet, wird sich Robert Rodriguez offensichtlich tatsächlich an einem Reboot namens "PREDATORS" versuchen...
[...] it will be Rodriguez' own take on the original concept and he is in fact not only producing the reboot, he's also directing it.
In a news conference today at Troublemaker Studios, several Texas state politicians were in attendance to sign HB 873, the long-awaited reform of the Texas film incentive program.
Rodriguez talked to the audience of press members and revealed his upcoming film slate.
"I'm going to be able to shoot my upcoming Machete here, a sci-fi action film called Nervewrackers, a re-boot of the Predator series called Predators, and a couple of smaller movies called Sin City 2 and The Jetsons."
Bei B-D gibt es neue Gerüchte zum geplanten Reboot...
We've got a holy sh*t scoop for you that's going to have half of you screaming in excitement and the other throwing tomatoes. A reliable source dropped us a line revealing to us that Robert Rodriquez and his Troublemaker Studios will be producing the Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox. Now here' the kicker, the pitch being sent around town implies that the reboot will have more than one predator. "In the reboot a team of commandoes face down a mysterious race of vicious monsters." No writer has been attached yet - and there is no script. No word on whether or not Rodriquez will direct, but it seems highly unlikely considering how many projects he has in development.
Collider.com sprach mit dem Produzenten John Davis, u.a. über die Zukunft des Predators...
[...] You were also involved with AVP and AVPR, which are two great franchises, but they haven’t been able to work as a joint franchise. When are we going to see them go separate? Or are we going to see a third AVP?
John Davis: Well, the Governor has mentioned to me that when he ceases to be Governor, if he doesn’t run for the Senate and all of that stuff, he’d like to do a movie or two again. And I don’t know, maybe we could restart the Predator franchise.
So if Arnold wanted to do it, it’s going to get made?
John Davis: Well we’d have to come up with a really good script and a really great angle on it, but Predator was the first movie I was ever involved with, so it’s always going to have a really soft spot in my heart.
So is the AVP franchise on hold for now?
John Davis: I think we’ve logically done what we could’ve done with the two AVP movies. But I think there’s something to go back to with Predator.
How do you see the character that Arnold plays to that franchise?
John Davis: I don’t know yet. But I think Predator is a great character and a great monster.
Heute um 23.15 Uhr zeigt ProSieben "Predator 2"...
Heute um 22.25 Uhr zeigt RTL "Alien vs. Predator" als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere...
Heute um 22.20 Uhr zeigt Kabel1 "Predator"...
Heute um 23.35 Uhr zeigt ProSieben "Predator 2"...
Fox bigwig Tom Rothman chatted to IESB about numerous things, but notably, recent rumours suggesting that they’re looking at doing a stand-alone "Predator" sequel in the future.
Rothman confirms that there is talk of a new "Predator" but - it’s still a while off. "Yes and no, no truth to that in current active prep, but yes it’s true that it’s something that we think and talk about".
Rothman didn’t elaborate on when we might see a "Predator 3" and whether or not there’s any truth to the talk that Sylvester Stallone might be being coaxed into doing battle with that ‘one ugly’ um, Predator.
Granted, a "Predator 3" has been of interest to FOX for over a decade. At one stage, they hired Robert Rodriguez to write a draft. Most recently, Sam Park was said to have handed in his crack at a "Predator 3" - which is rumoured to again fix on Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch, and be a two-parter that would carry on over to a "Predator 4". [...]
Bei IESB gibt es neue Insider-Gerüchte zu einem weiteren "Predator"-Film mit Sylvester Stallone... ;-)
[...] 'Predator 3' (won't be called that), would be a brand new chapter in the series - and all those rumors about it starring The Rock or John Cena as Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch, aren't true. One bit of a interesting talk is that Sylvester Stallone might be being coaxed to do battle with the new "Predator". Guess they're thinking someone who can equal Arnie's statue? Not that he'd be playing the same character. I'd say that the plan is solely on FOXs end, and not Sly's end - who seems to have enough 'franchises' on the go. [...]
Arrow in the Head meldet...
Looks like the PREDATOR remake rumors were a little premature. At least the casting rumors were. Last week it started circulating around the net that WWE wrestler John Cena had been tapped to take over the role of Schwarzenegger's Dutch in a new version of that invisible alien hunter madness.
Fortunately, while it's impossible to say for sure that some studio exec somewhere isn't toying with the idea, one of our loyal readers has pointed out that any hard evidence has been reputed by John Cena himself over at the WWE website. In 5 Questions with John Cena he answers viewer emails and the third question is about the remake (around the 5 minute mark).
The answer - He has not been approached about it and has heard nothing about it except from internet folks chasing down the rumor. He seems like a funny guy though, so here's hoping he gets some cool opportunities. Check out the video here. Then we can all take a collective sigh of relief.
Bei Moviehole gibt es ein neues Gerücht bzgl. einem "Predator"-Remake...
I have to admit, this is the very first that I'm hearing on it, but according to the "Wrestling Observer Newsletter", WWE Superstar John Cena, coming up next in "The Marine" opposite "Nip/Tuck" star Kelly Carlson, is apparently up for the lead role in a remake of 1987's Arnold Schwazenegger starrer, "Predator".
A few months back, a scooper over at Latino Review touched on a remake, saying that John McTiernan has been offered the Directorial duties in an effort to lure him away from the "Thomas Crown Affair" sequel that he's been developing.
The "Observer" was one of the first to break the news about Cena's role in "The Marine", so I'm betting that there's a bit of "where there's smoke, there's fire" going on around this story. The WWE has pushed several of their Wrestlers for big screen projects as of late, with Cena, The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin & Kane all headlining new projects within the next few months.
Cena is in Australia at the moment for the "Survivor Series" tour, so hopefully we'll get some more info soon.
Writer Sam Park ["The Half-Way House"] had been hoping to lure Schwarzenegger back to play Dutch - one last time - in a "Predator 3", but seems FOX might have decided to go the remake route instead.
Insomniac Mania meldet...
Latino Review report a rumor is indicating plans to restart the "Predator" franchise? Twentieth Century Fox are in talks with Johnny McTiernan to do a new Predator film - not a sequel, not a remake, not a prequel; more of a restart. There is a treatment that is floating around the traps - that it might fix on Dutch's grown-up commando kid?
Empire Online sprach mit Paul W. S. Anderson über AVP...
[...] How about a sequel?
I'm not attached to any sequel. I never really made the movie with the intention of making a sequel. I wanted to do it as a stand-alone film that could hopefully succeed in its own terms, but also re-energise both franchises. So that Fox could go: "Well, that made a lot of money! If you want to see Predators and Aliens again let's make a Predator 3, let's make an Alien 5." [...]
[...] Talking to an insider at FOX in Century City a couple of days back , I heard that there's high hopes for everything 'Alien' and 'Predator' - what with the pleasing B.O figures for "Aliens vs. Predator" and all. Despite not even being previewed for critics (probably just as well, I caught it yesterday and thought it sucked more than Pammy Anderson)the film has made quite a packet over the past couple of weeks, leaving FOX with a fat smile on their face and everyone who has got an idea for a sequel, spin-off or stand-alone movie very, very optimistic, if not giddy with possibility.
The plan is - new stand-alone "Predator" movies, new stand-alone "Alien" movies. No sequel to "AvP" at the moment. If anything, "AvP" was a way of a re-introducing these characters so that there could be new stand-alone films in their respective series. Never was it a plan to do a series of "AvP" movies.
One 'Predator 3' pitch that's been doing the rounds sounds stellar. It's set in snowy New York, and re-introduces Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch. You'd think the possibility of this one happening hinders on whether Schwarzenegger returns to the Governors chair but not necessarily, word is they think they could easily have someone else play the character from here on in. They picture 'Dutch' as being this big 'Riddick/Snake Plissken' esque character that will inevitably be more of a drawcard than the monster itself.
The script's apparently hotter than the Californian Sun. Best of all, for the studio, it leaves it open for a "Predator 4" - which is rumoured to feature a female rogue. [...]
Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Robert Rodriguez, der u.a. über sein "Predator 3"-Drehbuch plauderte...
[...] what did ever happen to that "Predator 3" script, he was writing.
"Oh, "Predators", yes we're the "Predator 3", it's call "Predators". It was back when I was doing "Desperado". I wrote "Desperado", it was going to get made like end of September, and then "Last Action Hero" bombed, so they said we're not making any movies for a year, like next year. So I was like what am I going to do until then? So I took a writing assignment, and one of the writing assignments that was out was "Predator" sequel.
"So I said, yes I'll write a version of that. And it was just -- it was just crazy, it was huge, it was a big, big, big budget. Because I didn't have to direct it, I just had to write it. So I didn't really think about the budget, I was just like wrote this, wrote that. And it was really a cool script, it's floating around somewhere. But it's huge, and will never be made, the studio edited it and said there's no way we can make this, this would cost -- even at that time -- 150 million, and no women would ever go see this movie.
So even with "Aliens versus Predator", and you don't think there's any hope of the script getting made, it's just too big?
"It's too big, and they've now combined alien versus "Predators". So they're putting two franchises together, which is probably a smarter way to go since both of those franchises are pretty much dying down.
It's the only way to really revitalize it at all. But yes, the -- I don't think that'd ever make it, it was just too expensive." [...]
Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson...
Clint: They’re talking about you as someone that might replace Arnold for "The Terminator 4" or "Predator 3". Would you be interested?
The Rock: I’ve heard that a lot actually. I don’t know. Thing is, Arnold has put so much into those roles. They’re his roles. I liked "Terminator 3" but I loved the first two movies, and "Predator", the first one, is just fantastic. [...]
Bei DH gibt es folgende Insider-Meldung...
"Last Thurs (9/11), there was a promo shoot for the teaser trailer or teaser poster(s) for the new Aliens vs. Predator movie. Now, I don't know when it will be released but what I saw was totally cool. Here's what I saw: A caucasian male, 6"2, in complete Predator suit/make-up getting ready for some still shots. When I saw him, he wasn't wearing the helmet but the costume pretty much was reminiscent of the last two Predator films. The only difference was that the mask (or helmet) looked more metallic than I remember it being (sorry to say it, but, it reminded me of the metallic finish on the Jason mask in Jason X, when he is turned into the SUPER JASON! BUT cooler). Anyway, the suit was only air-brushed from the waist down, which leads me to believe that the shoot was for a teaser poster. But otherwise, the tendrils of "hair" on the predator were AMAZING. I wasn't ballsy enough to see up close but the crew was shooting the Predator first in "attack" position, perfect for a sneak peak poster. Once all photography/ filming(?) was complete, the crew dumped a bucket full of see-through green slime/goo on him and took more pictures. This was either meant to be predator blood, or alien blood--couldn't tell, too far away. Later in the day, it was the aliens turn. What I CAN tell you (about this specific Alien shoot) is that it was NOT the Queen Alien; rather a more human-like alien who walked on two feet. It looked amazing because he was walking like PUMPKINHEAD (remember that one?) and he too--a middle aged geeky caucasian dude)--was not wearing his helmet. (The alien head itself is very faithful to the drone aliens in the "Alien" videogames and the ones in Alien 3, with the elongated head going back, behind the body, round in shape; NOT the flared out helmet of the Queen. I found it odd though that the alien had NO tail. It made me wonder if they would add it later in post, or if it was part of the story, where it gets cut off. Here too, pictures of it were taken in "attack" position, kneeling down w/head intact. This was by far the most exciting part of the day, although the Predator was "gargantuan" in size compared to the Alien".
Amalgamated Dynamics will design and create the creature effects for Alien vs. Predator, 20th Century Fox's upcoming matchup between two cult characters. The company, headed by Oscar-winning f/x vets Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., have created effects for previous installments of Fox's "Alien" franchise, including Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
For Alien vs. Predator, Amalgamated Dynamics will design and perform the animatronic versions of the "Alien" and "Predator" creatures, as well as makeup and other on-set effects for the film.
Company's staff of 88 has been working on the film since July, readying for an October start date in Prague. Shooting will wrap sometime in February.
Gillis and Woodruff plan to use an enhanced motion control system to improve the movement of the film's animatronic characters, enabling the creatures to be more powerful and move faster than was previously possible and allow for more intricate performances.
"We're going to use a lot of technology and new techniques that haven't been used before," Gillis said. "There will be a new look to these characters." Woodruff added, "Audiences will see the characters in 'AVP' perform in a way they haven't seen before."
The company will also design the creature suits when an actor is needed to perform certain moves.
The film revolves around human scientists who go on an expedition to Antarctica to lure Predator hunters using Alien eggs as bait. The plan quickly goes awry, and the humans find themselves in the crossfire between two warring alien species.
[01.08.2003] Moviehole sprach mit dem SFX-Guru Stan Winston...
[...] One film Winston’s a little disappointed he didn't get asked to be a part of was the upcoming "Aliens vs. Predator". "I wanted to be involved in that so badly", he confesses. "I mean I created the Predator. I drew him up on a plane ride with Jim Cameron. And then Aliens, I created the Queen. So they're like my babies, so I wasn't very happy that I'm not asked to be a part of it. Pride of Ownership, I guess. Still, I wish them the best of luck, and just hope they do the film some justice".
Winston’s crossing his fingers they do follow-up "Predator" and "Aliens" movies so that he might get a chance to work alongside his "babies" again. [...]
Last week there was talk the old script by Robert Rodriguez was being dusted off, now The Z Review has some more on that story - "Hollywood Insiders have let loose more cafe talk that Robert Rodriguez is still discussing this project, pushing his own screenplay a little further. His project is said to take place on board a 17th century ship, which the Predator making a visit to its crew. The other script is another golden oldie, The Zoo, which is meant to include Arnold's character Dutch and Danny Glover's from the underated sequel. The two men are captured and taken back to the Predator's home planet, as trophies". In any case I wouldn't expect any serious movement on this until the "Aliens Vs. Predator" box-office numbers come in next year.
[02.07.2003] Bei Moviehole gibt es Infos zu einem "Predator 3"-Drehbuch, welches gerne gekauft werden würde... ;-)
[27.06.2003] Bei Giga Games kann man sich den Trailer zum kommenden Echtzeit-Strategiespiel "Aliens vs Predator: Extinction" (PS2/XBOX) downloaden...
[25.06.2003] Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es detaillierte Infos zu Teilen des "AvP"-Plots... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[18.06.2003] Bei AICN gibt es - wie üblich ;-) - einen vernichtenden Kommentar zu Paul W. S. Anderson's "AvP", sowie einen unschönen Hinweis, der die Altersfreigabe betrifft...
[...] Instead of pursuing the James Cameron (TERMINATOR, ALIENS, ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2, TRUE LIES & TITANIC) and Ridley Scott (ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THELMA & LOUISE, GLADIATOR & BLACKHAWK DOWN) to pursue their developing rebirth of the Alien franchise -- because if you remember, the condition that Cameron had in doing it was that there be no ALIENS VS PREDATOR film first. Well instead of that project, we get Paul W. S. Anderson (MORTAL KOMBAT, EVENT HORIZON, SOLDIER & RESIDENT EVIL) to turn his creative super-genius and long history of wildly successful investment vs return bankability to not one, but two franchises. Oh and to add insult to injury - I just had a report from a source that claims that Paul W.S. Anderson's pitch is to make this PG-13 - That's sure to make it a mega-success. [...]
[15.06.2003] FilmJerk.com hat Infos zu den Charakteren in "Alien Vs. Predator"... Die Dreharbeiten sollen im Oktober 2003 beginnen...
[...] This new film will not involve any of the human characters from the films’ previous efforts, instead using entirely new individuals. As reported by several news sources, the story looks to involve human scientists going on an expedition to Antarctica to lure Predator hunters, using Alien eggs as bait. Of course, these plans quickly goes awry and the humans find themselves in the crossfire between two warring alien species. [...]
[09.11.2002] Bernd schrieb uns, dass er einen computergenerierten Trailer zu "AvP" gesehen, der aber nichts mit den Spielen zu tun hätte... Am Ende würde auch ein Starttermin genannt (Sommer 2002) und ein Hinweis zur Website alienvspredatorthemovie.com (derzeit nicht konnektiert)... Handelt es sich dabei evtl. um einen Fan-Trailer !?!
[04.11.2002] DH hat eine Meldung bzgl. "Aliens vs Predator"...
Lance Henriksen has apparently signed on for the teamup film according to Total Film
[18.10.2002] The Z Review hat 3 Bilder veröffentlicht, die möglicherweise dem "Aliens vs Predator"-Filmprojekt zugeordnet werden können... Falls dem nicht so ist... Sie sehen in jedem Fall ziemlich cool aus !!!
Mit Dank an Michael Seufert
[04.08.2002] Bei JoBlo.com gibt es ein Interview mit Paul Anderson, in dem er u.a. über "Aliens vs Predator" erzählt...
ARROW: Well, I’m moving on to the BIG NEWS, which is Aliens vs Predator: is it official?
ARROW: Are you writing the script?
PAUL: I’m just finishing the script for Resident Evil: Nemesis and as soon as that’s done, I’m gonna begin to work on AVP.
ARROW: So how do you feel about the project...are you excited?
PAUL: I’ve been waiting to do a movie with Aliens in it since I was at school, since the first Alien movie came out, since I fell in love with Sigourney Weaver and since the Alien scared the hell out of me. I’ve been obsessed with ALIENS for a while, it’s the coolest cinema franchise out there and Predator is the baddest hunter in the universe, so the idea of combining the two of them is just phenomenal! It will be a stand-alone franchise; it will not be a continuation of the Alien franchise.
ARROW: So we won’t get a Sigourney Weaver or an Arnold Schwarzenegger cameo then?
PAUL: I’m not telling you that!
ARROW: I had to try.
PAUL: I haven’t even written the script yet!
[15.07.2002] CS! meldet...
And then, just like that it's moving forward in a big way. One of the most talked about projects, the big screen adaptation of the popular video game Alien vs. Predator, will be written and directed by Paul Anderson (Resident Evil) for producers John Davis, David Giler, Lawrence Gordon, Walter Hill and Joel Silver at 20th Century Fox.
The project is the tale of human scientists on a distant planet who, once again, make the mistake of experimenting on aliens and predators. The story centers on a scientist who foolishly hatches alien eggs to create an environment attractive to predators, says Variety.
The 1979 Alien earned $78.9 million domestic gross; Aliens (1986), $85.2 million; Alien 3 (1992), $55.5 million; and Alien: Resurrection (1997) $47.8 million.
Predator earned $59.7 million domestic in 1987, and Predator 2 took $30.7 million in 1990.
[09.07.2002] Bei Dark Horizons gibt es ein negatives Review des verworfenen "Predators"-Drehbuchs, das Robert Rodriguez nur so zum Spass geschrieben hatte...
[06.06.2002] AICN berichtet über "Aliens vs. Predator"...
[...] Now it seems the story that they've decided to pursue involves some 600 year old technology gur named Gideon Lee, who has extended his life via technology and secrets gained from a crashed PREDATOR ship up in like Tibet centuries ago. Now he has decided to use a bunch of ALIEN eggs to make a hostile 'Hunt' attractive environment for the Predators to come back and hunt in, while he and his team set to study their technology and so he can get more of whatever is prolonging his life. Apparently there is also a reporter that gets caught in the middle of this and of course it all goes to hell.
This kinda blends the 'fucking corporation' concepts of ALIEN and ALIENS... along with the visceral hunt cool of the PREDATOR flicks. This could work out if they attach a damn fine screenwriter. [...]
[22.05.2002] AICN meldet, dass "Aliens vs. Predator" lebt... Allem Anschein nach wird Paul Anderson (u.a. "Resident Evil") Regie führen... Wobei es noch weitere Kandidaten gibt... Ach ja: Das Drehbuch wird wohl nochmal über den Haufen geworfen...
[06.03.2002] Coming Attractions meldet...
We've heard from a reliable source who read the James DeMonaco and Kevin Fox draft of Aliens vs. Predator and confirmed to us that the screenplay's storyline is "pretty much word-for-word like the Dark Horse comic book (the storyline where the human girl becomes a predator alien hunter in the end)." However, this is not the same direction that the producer, John Davis, wants to take the project now.
A number of screenwriters have had meetings with the Aliens vs. Predator people and Davis wants an entirely new storyline written, one that borrows nothing from the comic books, video games or earlier drafts of the screenplay.
The bigger news is that they think they've found their man. A deal is being worked on at present. Who is this mystery individual? Our scooper said they "would be perfect" for the job...
[26.02.2002] The Arnold Fan weiss mehr über "Predator 3"...
[...] A new debut screenwriter, Matthew J. Virchow, is helming the PREDATOR III script. [...] For you eager fans who rumored about Kurt Russell taking a lead role- that is false. The only actor rumored is Arnold Schwarzenegger, considering his character Dutch returns as the hardcore soldier. Thankfully, Matthew gave me a few details on the plot.
PREDATOR 3 plot:
In the present year, a family of predators make a daring attempt to retaliate on the humans. After a large and secret American Space Station is shut down, U.S. astronauts and mechanical space engineers are sent to check up on the problem. They mysteriously don't return. There is no available contact. It's as if they'd vanished. The only evidence of struggle that the United States government has of the vanishing, is a shot of the space station's security cameras, showing a man lying there dead, and a trail of what appears to be green liquid. Highly trained U.S. marines, led by Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer, are sent to investigate because of suspicion of enemy attack. When they arrive, there is no appearance of any enemies, only a mutilated crew. But lurking around the station is a family of hunters, more lethal than ever before. With no communication or radio of any kind, Dutch must face off with his dreadful nightmare of the past, again. The only difference this time, is that there are several alien hunters who are in it for revenge. It isn't any sport this time.
[13.02.2002] Bei Action-Figure.com gibt es Bilder der neuen Palisades-Büsten...
[09.02.2002] Bei AICN gibt es ein Gerücht laut dem WWF-Wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (u.a. "Die Mumie kehrt zurück") die Hauptrolle in "Predator 3" spielen soll - als Sohn von Dutch Schaefer... ;-)
[...] there are currently no plans for an 'Aliens vs. Predator' movie as executives are worried about it's "box office legs". It also seems it would be too expensive, probably around the $250,000,000 to do it right. While this news does indeed suck (considering new rumors of it's "fast track" status started again a few weeks ago), all is not lost. There is some truth to the news that CountingDown.com broke last week regarding 'Predator 3'. The plot does revolve around a trip to the Predator's homeworld, but it ain't an army of marines! It's one man, WWF's The Rock! Apparently producers want The Rock to play (get this) the son of Dutch Schaefer and Anna from the first movie. The story takes place somewhere between 2017 - 2020 and The Rock's character has followed in his father's footsteps to become a U.S. Soldier. From what I've been told, the Predator in this film is the son of the Predator from the first movie and has come to Earth following his "right of passage" to get revenge on Dutch. Well, Dutch is now dead and the Predator focuses on the next best thing, his son. About 2/3's of the movie takes place on Earth, whether the setting is the desert, a major city, or even a return to the jungle, I do not know. The last 1/3 of the film takes place on the Predator's homeworld where The Rock is made aware of the Predator's intentions and why he's being hunted and released into the wild in very unfamiliar territiory. [...]
[23.01.2002] CountingDown meldet...
"Predator 3" has been greenlit for a June 1st 2006 release, the story following "American marines going to a planet where Predators are staging an invasion of Earth"
[07.01.2002] AICN zitiert Paul Anderson (u.a. "Resident Evil")...
If they ever greenlight an Aliens v.s. Predator movie he is going to be knocking down Hollywoods door to get to do it. I personally think he would be a horrible choice for that. Too epic and big for him. But I did like that he said he was a big fan of the series and that it went downhill when CG started popping up in it.
[06.11.2001] Dark Horizons hat einen Spy-Report bzgl. "Aliens Vs. Predator"...
"Been some net-noise lately about "AVP", whether its actually moving forward. Well, that blip hit my screen about a month ago, and I’ve been keeping eyes-on ever since. And no, I don’t work for Davis Entertainment but hey, let’s just say that the walls on the Fox lot ain’t radar-proof. John Davis controls the project free and clear now. He’s been working for two years to buy out all the other producers involved... including Joel Silver and Walter Hill... and looks like he’s finally done it. D.E.’s been shopping the project stealth-like for the last six weeks or so, aiming for a writer/director in the James Cameron mold to take over the script and do his own thing. The name at the top of their list is now David Twohy, the guy that kicked some significant ass with "Pitch Black" and that has a new sub flick over at Miramax called "Below" which apparently the folks at D.E. have seen and flipped for. Heard they’re just waiting for Twohy to give them a take and it’s a done deal".
[24.10.2001] 13th Street berichtet, dass die Arbeiten an "Aliens Vs. Predator" vorangehen...
Producer John Davis is pushing it forward at 20th Century Fox and allegedly getting a new script together, but when I asked Joel Silver about it as he was an original producer on it, too, he said that "Fox is doing it without us" meaning Silver Pictures, so it won't involve Joel, though he did say, "I wish." He said some other bits, but that's the gist.
[14.06.2001] AICN berichtet, dass John Singleton (u.a. "Shaft - Noch Fragen?") gerne bei "Aliens VS. Predator" Regie führen würde...
[11.01.2001] Laut TheArnoldFan.com bestehen gute Chancen, dass "Aliens VS. Predator" verfilmt wird...