It is the SXSW festival going on in Austin, Texas, and it is Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal up on a stage with Greg Nicotero and a predator head, surrounded by red laser lights. Would you want to be there right now, and see a presentation on the movie along with some trailers and exclusive new footage? Hell yes you would. To quote Harry Knowles, who sais he’s seen the footage:
This scene isn’t a creature scene. It is a character reveal. I’m not going to reveal who it is, but this character has been living on this planet for a while. He is wearing various ‘gear’ that is of alien origin. When the fx are finished, the character will decloak in front of Adrian Brody. He’ll remove his helmet and will simply reveal his badassness to them. He’ll tell them that they smell wrong, that they’re too loud. He’ll tell them that “THEY” will find them fast. And I wish I’d seen it a couple of times so I could have a better grasp of the dialogue. But this character’s dialogue will incite cheers. (source)
Harry also says the footage will hit the net shortly after, and he names possible addresses, but we really think it might be www.predators-movie.com, so stay tuned, we’ll update this post.
UPDATE: We were right and the sneak footage, a synopsis and some pictures are now up at www.predators-movie.com, and a trailer will follow next week, click the image below:
Update 2: There’s also a teaser, check the two links at Shock till you drop. One and Two.
Predators co-star Alice Braga talked to MTV this week and they tried to get some information out of her about a rumored Arnold Scharzenegger cameo, Adrien Brody’s performance and Nimrod Antal’s directing style. Here’s a short excerpt, read the rest via the link below:
MTV News: Such a great cast. We’re looking forward to seeing Adrien Brody in an action role, which people were a little skeptical about. What was he like on set in embodying that action hero?
Braga: He was amazing. When we arrived in Hawaii where we first started shooting the film, it was really interesting that he was willing to really get stronger because his body is naturally thin. All of us, we bonded together as a team. We were working out together. He really changed his body, which is great because he challenged himself to do something he hasn’t been doing. I think he’s done it for some films, but never as an action hero. I think he did a great job. I think people are going to be really impressed with his work. He’s a phenomenal actor and really a great person. And a great friend.
Click for the full interview and video clip: MTV.com
This months edition of Empire features an awesome 6 page glance inside the inner workings of Troublemaker Studios and the hectic day to day life of Rodriguez. Including interviews in which he talks about Machete, Predators and upcoming Sky Kids 4, Sin City 2 and “futuristic thriller” Nerveracker, and some awesome pictures, the article is definitely not one to miss! Which is why, rather than inadequately sum up the content myself, I thought I’d just scan it in and let you read it! So here you go:
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While all the buzz is around how many Oscars Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds will take home tonight, something completely different reached us last night. There are rumors floating around that Quentin Tarantino will actually make a fake trailer to be shown in Machete, and that director Ethan Maniquis will contribute the (fake) trailer to Machete-sequel “Die, Machete, Die!” starring Danny Trejo and Til Schweiger, thus making the theatrical Machete (or straight-to-video Machete, we don’t know for sure yet) a true entry in the Grindhouse fashion.
Tarantino’s fake trailer will supposedly be titled Agent Orange, as our source writes:
“Set in 1975, it will feature Tim Roth as Agent Ringo Orange, a British soldier who wants to restart the Vietnam war. Roth will share the screen in the trailer with Rick Yune, who will play Li Chan, Orange’s South Vietnamese sidekick. It will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as Colonel Weathers, and Stacy Keach as Doc Franklin, the rumoured antagonist.” (Link: Screenjabber)
And from the original source, which elaborates a bit more on the background:
Machete will be released in the fall of 2010 by 20th Century Fox. Following his split with Rose McGowan, Rodriguez did not produce the “Cherry Darling” trailer as intended. Instead, the film will be bookended by trailers: preceding the film will be a fake trailer by Quentin Tarantino, to be filmed in March 2010, called “Agent Orange”, following a British Soldier (in 1975) who plans to re-start the Vietnam War. The trailer will feature Tim Roth as “Agent Ringo Orange”, the Soldier with a Vengaence; Rick Yune as “Li Chan”, his South Vietnamese Sidekick; Stacy Keach as “Doc Franklin”, the supposed villain; and Sacha Baron Cohen as “Colonel Weathers”, the hotheaded former commanding officer. The trailer following the film will be “Die, Machete, Die!”, directed by Ethan Maniquis, as a proposed sequel to Machete starring Danny Trejo as “Machete” and Til Schweiger as “The Human Savage”. (link)
Too bad we can’t really confirm this at this point, it might be a very cool rumor. Stay tuned, follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook….
The SXSW (South by South West, for outsiders) Festival this year will give excited fans a chance to catch a first glimpse of Robert Rodriguez‘ Predators (hitting theaters July 7), the Nimrod Antal directed reboot of the franchise (which really needed one). The festival takes place from March 12 to 21, 2010, the preview will go down that Friday night on the 12th at 10:15pm at the Alamo Ritz Theater (Austin, TX, where the movie is being shot actually), followed by a Q&A. The Alamo by the way is pretty much one of the coolest theaters in the US of A. This preview will actually be shown directly after the theatrical premiere of KICK ASS, the new feature released by the Weinstein Company.
A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, Predators was shot on location under Rodriguez’s creative auspices at the filmmaker’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal. The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. In addition to Adrien Brody, the film stars Topher Grace, Alice Braga, and Laurence Fishburne. (SWSW.com)
(via Rama’s Screen and Joblo.com)
We also missed reporting some new set pictures that were published (click here) and concept art from the studio (click here)
According to the Film Music Reporter, composer John Debney has signed on to score Nimrod Antal’s Predators. Quoting their website,
Debney previously worked with writer and producer Robert Rodriguez on Sin City, the first two Spy Kids movies and The Adventures of Shark-Boy and Lava-Girl……….the announcement ends speculation that Alan Silvestri might return to the franchise, as the movie is a direct sequel to the orginal Predator movie that Silvestri has scored in 1987.
Machete went from fake trailer to real independent movie, it grew to an all-star cast and now it sits comfortably at 20th Century Fox, who are also distributing Predators (both the Alien and the Predator franchise are with Fox). Nikki Finke reports that after some serious back-door haggling between Rodriguez’ agent and the sudios, who got to see some preview footage, they made a deal with Fox. Machete is currently in post-production. Finke writes,
Paramount balked, so did Fox. But Fox reminded everyone that it was already very much in the Robert Rodriguez business making Predators, and Tom Rothman really wanted him to have a home there, and Rodriguez and Rothman get along well, so a deal was clinched. (read the complete article)
(via Deadline Hollywood, thanks to Rama’s Screen for the heads up)
Just when you thought you could safely turn off the damn computer, this one hits. AVPgalaxy.net has – and don’t freak out- leaked what might be the first batch of pictures from the set of Predators, which is produced by Robert Rodriguez based on his pre-Mariachi treatment, and directed by Nimrod Antal, who directed Vacancy (which I saw over christmas and I quite liked). Click here to head over to their gallery and see the whole range of pictures, they also show Adrien Brody and some other cast members, the new hunters, some set decoration and a lot more!
In conversation with Brit film mag Empire Robert revealed more information about the both Predators and Machete. Plot wise, the film is said to exist outside the word of the previous AVP films, as Rodriguez says he “wrote the original script in ’94 before those movies existed.” In addition to shooting on location in Hawaii he also commented on the level of freedom Fox have given him, with the rest of the film being shot at Troublemaker Studios in Austin. “We don’t want to turn it into a studio movie. They want me to make it my way.”
Robert also commented on Machete, stating “It’s the shortest film schedule since Mariachi, which was a 14-day shoot. You have to just make quick decisions, and it comes out better. The energy is much better.”
“There’s so much crazy stuff now. I just want to live up to the trailer and it’s far surpassed the trailer. So if you like that, you’re going to love the movie.” I’m sure we will!
(via Empire’s On Set Preview Feature – Not Available Online)
In related news, Nimrod Antal, the director of Predators, might jump aboard to direct the next Spiderman, as Warner Brothers seems to love his work on the alien flick and Sam Raimi goes way back with Nimrod (Source)
Adding to the recent interviews with Robert and Danny, Total Film has a few extra blurbs from the set of Nimrod Antal’s Predators, with Danny Trejo explaining a bit more about the origins of Machete, which is currently in post-production.
Trejo: “Everybody thinks that Machete came out of a trailer, but it didn’t. Robert told me that he wanted to do this movie called Machete when we were doing Desperado. If you look at the character in Machete, it is a metamorphosis. He kind of molded this character of Machete.”