One of the great surprises in the days leading up to South by Southwest was the announcement that there was going to a first-look at Predators that is being produced by Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. As hundreds rushed into the famed Alamo Drafthouse of Austin, they were in for a treat. Rodriguez appeared in front of a packed audience alongside Nimrod Antal and special effects master Gred Nicotero. After pleasantries and introductions, Rodriguez screened the trailer twice, to much of the delight of those in attendance.
Rather than go into the nuts and bolts of what the footage consisted of, the clip has gone viral and has been attached below for your viewing pleasure.
After the footage, Rodriguez fielded numerous questions about the film’s production and instilled that Predators is to be thought of as a sequel to John McTiernan’s 1987 original starring the bad-ass team of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers. A case could be made that the film will bear resemblance to James Cameron’s sequel to Alien where, instead of a single predator picking off the squad one by one, the team will be forced to battling a swarm of musclebound characters with Jamaican dreadlocks.
Predators will open in the heart of summer on July 9th. A full theatrical trailer will debut on March 18, 2010. If you log on to the official Web site, you can view a photo gallery of the predator hound as well as read a synopsis about the film.
Travis Leamons is one of the Inside Pulse Originals and currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Inside Pulse Movies. He's told that the position is his until he's dead or if "The Boss" can find somebody better. I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!