June 25, 2014 | 6:33 p.m.

Director Shane Black calls the new ‘Predator’ a sequel, not a reboot

Proving that the ’80s will never die, 20th Century Fox has announced that it will revive the “Predator” mission, with Shane Black attached as director. The “Lethal Weapon” scribe, credited with reviving the action movie genre in the ’80s with his first-ever script (sold for $250,000 at age 23), will also write the treatment before handing over script duties to his college chum, Fred Dekker (the two collaborated on “Monster Squad”). Coincidentally, Black has a history with the “Predator” franchise. Though he turned down the studio’s repeated pleas to punch up the original script, he did end up playing a small role in the 1987 film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura. Black played Rick Hawkins, the team’s tech expert, otherwise known as the hunting alien’s first onscreen kill. (Insert comeback joke here.) Though the project has been touted as a reboot, Black told Collider that he’s thinking […]
July 17, 2013 | 9:16 a.m.

‘Aliens,’ ‘Predator’ get Mondo poster treatment for Comic-Con

Two of the most fearsome extraterrestrials in modern sci-fi — the insect-like xenomorphs of the “Alien” films and the namesake hunters of the “Predator” series — get their close-ups in a pair of new posters by Mondo, the collectible-art division of the Alamo Drafthouse. The gallery above offers an exclusive peek at the posters, and a variant for each, all of which will be released at Comic-Con on Thursday. Australian artist Ken Taylor created the poster for “Aliens” (the second installment in the “Alien” franchise), which James Cameron directed in 1986. Taylor’s poster depicts a blood-red alien queen gnashing its teeth while flanked by two more aliens in the familiar black coloration. The variant print is a monochrome version washed in a sober gray-green. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Taylor told Hero Complex, “Design-wise, the queen is such an […]
July 15, 2013 | 1:26 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Predator 3D’ toy to feature fans’ decapitated heads

The alien monster Predator is on the hunt for San Diego Comic-Con attendees. To mark the 3-D Blu-ray release of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “Predator,” Fox is dedicating a jungle-themed booth to the film and its iconic extra-terrestrial. “Predator” fans will be able to purchase custom-designed mini-figurines featuring their likeness. Because what fan wouldn’t want to see his or her own decapitated head, spine still attached, being held up by a Predator? The action figures will be created using photographs of participants (taken at the booth) and 3-D printing. The figurines will be mailed to buyers after the convention. Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek. The booth will also feature a Comic-Con exclusive “Predator 3D” head as well as the opportunity to preorder the Blu-ray. The release follows last year’s 3-D version of “I, Robot.” Comic-Con International […]
July 10, 2010 | 5:59 p.m.

REVIEW: ‘Predators’ doesn’t fight to the finish

Film critic Michael Phillips says “Predators” is a cinematic stab in the dark.   “Predators,” plural, starts well and ends poorly, and in the middle it’s in the middle. The original 1987 “Predator,” featuring future politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, was an entertaining hybrid of the commando genre and “Alien“-inspired science fiction. The new one, directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll“), lifts its building blocks from an unproduced 1990s script by Robert Rodriguez, who ended up producing the revised screenplay by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch. For a while it’s a worthy successor, or remake, or whatever it is. Instead of the Central American jungle of the original, the action takes place somewhere “else,” let’s say (the reveal comes early, but who am I to spoil your day?). In the prologue a motley multinational crew of thugs drops from the […]
July 09, 2010 | 1:04 a.m.

Adrien Brody did ‘Predators’ research: ‘I would sleep in the jungle alone’

Adrien Brody is on the hunt for a new career chapter with his action-hero duty in “Predators,” which hits theaters Friday. Amy Kaufman caught up with the Oscar winner to discuss aliens and alienation. This is a longer version of her story, which ran Thursday on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section.    Adrien Brody isn’t kidding himself — he knows that when people hear his name, “action hero” isn’t the first description that comes to mind. “The comment is constantly like ‘skinny actor.’ I’m thin. I’m not skinny at all,” said Brody, 37, seeming slightly irritated as he reclined poolside at a Los Angeles hotel last month. “It’s that they harp on a physical thing, because I don’t think there’s a question about my ability as an actor.” He certainly has the hardware to back up that […]
June 30, 2010 | 3:14 p.m.

‘Predator’ Blu-ray goes back to the hunt

  If there were truth in advertising, the new Fox Blu-ray release entitled “Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition“ might be called  “Predator: The Camouflaged Commercial” — a name that would prepare fans of the 1987 film for all the promos for the July 9 theatrical release of “Predators,” which revives the franchise. First, there’s a trailer for the new film produced by Robert Rodriguez, then a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the new movie and then, in a mini-documentary about the original 1987 movie, it just so happens that Rodriguez and “Predators” director Nimród Antal are among the most prominent voices. There are other extras — there’s audio commentary from director John McTiernan and text commentary by historian Eric Lichtensfeld — but those were culled from the DVD release of the film. The good news is that “Predator” the film holds up splendidly after 23 years thanks to McTiernan’s fast-paced direction and, […]
March 14, 2010 | 12:48 a.m.

‘Predators’ on the loose in Texas — the hunt is back on

It’s a big weekend for “Predators,” the promising Fox film that began the ramp-up to its July 7 release with a sneak peek at South by Southwest in Austin. I just got off the phone with the film’s director, Nimród Antal, and he seemed to be pulsing with enthusiasm. “This is gasoline,” the filmmaker said using an appropriately petroleum-based description for the film’s building buzz at the Lone Star State gathering.”We’re very excited.” Antal is coming off the 2009 film “Armored” which did not go over well with critics although more than a few pointed out the filmmaker’s flair in the ultimately disappointing heist movie. If the L.A. native needed a mentor, he’s certainly got one with this revival of the well-known sci-fi franchise; “Predators” is a product of Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Texas and Rodriguez came up with the story. Antal said the property and the producer […]
Oct. 09, 2009 | 5:14 p.m.

‘Predators’ and Adrien Brody hunt for action-film credibility

Patrick Goldstein at our sister blog, The Big Picture, was deeply puzzled by the news that Oscar winner Adrien Brody is taking on the lead role in “Predators,” producer Robert Rodriguez’s revisiting of the alien-hunter franchise. Here’s an excerpt: The same Adrien Brody who won an Oscar as a frail musician in “The Pianist,” the same boho hustler who was in Wes Anderson’s “Darjeeling Limited” and Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” the same guy who played the village idiot in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” and an oddball screenwriter in “King Kong” is now set to play much the same character that Arnold Schwarzenegger played in the 1987 “Predator” original. Does this sound like a miscasting of epic proportions or what? This is no knock on Brody, who is shaping up to be the Jeff Goldblum of his generation, a quirky guy who’s good in […]
July 08, 2009 | 5:36 p.m.

Robert Rodriguez has a ‘crazy, intense’ script for his ‘Predator’ revival

Fifteen years ago, a young-gun filmmaker named Robert Rodriguez was hired to write a new “Predator” film and now, looking back, he can chuckle at the final product he delivered. “It was this crazy, intense off-world story and there was just no way it could be made. The technology wasn’t there yet.” That was then, but this is now. “Predators,” as it will be called, is happening and Rodriguez is producing. I sat down with him for a pleasant lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel and, as our sons sat together munching French fries and drawing pictures, he explained his plans for the summer 2010 sci-fi release. “It’s the story from that script I had written way back then,” Rodriguez said. “They had hired me to write a ‘Predator’ story while I was waiting to do ‘Desperado’ back in 1994. It was crazy, this thing […]
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