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Directed by Nimród Antal
Produced by Elizabeth Avellan
Robert Rodriguez
Written by Michael Finch
Alex Litvak
Robert Rodriguez
Starring Adrien Brody
Topher Grace
Danny Trejo
Laurence Fishburne
Alice Braga
Walton Goggins
Cinematography Gyula Pados
Studio Troublemaker Studios
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 9, 2010
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million
Preceded by Predator 2
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Predators is an upcoming 2010 science fiction, action and horror film directed by Nimród Antal, starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo, Alice Braga and Derek Mears. The movie is a sequel to the 1987 classic horror film Predator. Robert Rodriguez stated that he named the film "Predators" in relation to how the second film in the Alien franchise was called Aliens.




The film was written by Robert Rodriguez, Alex Litvak and Michael Finch.[1] In 2009, 20th Century Fox studio executive, Alex Young, called Rodriguez to consider using his treatment to revive the individual Predator franchise.[2] It was originally thought that Robert Rodriguez would direct, but on June 12, it was rumored that British director Neil Marshall was involved in directing the film.[3] On July 1, 2009, Nimród Antal was officially signed on to take the director's chair.[4] In an interview with MTV, Rodriguez expressed that he wanted his reboot to be the direct sequel to the original, possibly ignoring Predator 2 and both Alien vs. Predator sequels.[5]


The projected release date for the film is set at July 9, 2010.[6] The film will be in R-rated format.



Cast information was released only a few weeks before shooting began. The cast consists of Adrien Brody who plays a man who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader. Topher Grace plays an accountant-type whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer. Alice Braga plays a tough female killer. Mahershalalhashbaz Ali portrays a man not afraid to die. Walton Goggins presents a loose cannon of the group. Oleg Taktarov is a former Russian special ops agent. Danny Trejo plays a hardened warrior with twin uzis. Rodriguez stated that he would like to get Arnold Schwarzenegger in for a cameo role as an aged Dutch.[7] On November 30, Antal defended his decision in choosing Brody for the lead role in an interview to promote his upcoming film, Armored, saying,"It was a challenge in finding a balance. I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, ‘What?’ but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic." He also states a point that average soldiers are wiry tough guys, not burly men like Arnold.[8]

On December 18, 2009, Laurence Fishburne was reportedly cast for a role in Predators.[9] On January 13, 2010, information on Fishburne's character, Noland, a man who survived for ten years on the alien planet by living in a cave, was revealed in an interview with Louis Ozawa Changchien, stating,"It's a really interesting role, quite different from Morpheus [from The Matrix].... a bit shady, crazy, surviving on his own, kind of a ratty character. I didn't know anything about his role, and we all went to see the rehearsal. It was quite a surprise." Changchien, who plays "Hanzo", also stated about his own character, "I guess he used to be a guy who can murder someone without a qualm, but by the time he arrives to the Hunting Camp, he'll no longer be that kind of person...Those things aren't explained in the script, but you'll get it when you see the movie."[10]


The film will be shooting on a 53 day schedule. Exterior filming location is mostly set in Kolekole, Hawaii.[11] Filming started on September 28, 2009.[12] The film wrapped up its 22 day shoot on the Hawaii location on November 1, 2009.[13] The film shot its interior set scenes at Robert Rodriguez’s studio in Austin, Texas.[14] The film shot more exterior footage at Canyon Lake Gorge in Comal County, indicating that the film will not rely mostly on CGI backgrounds.[15]

On January 15, 2010, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, who plays "Mombasa", stated in an interview that filming on Predators has completed and that a trailer for the film was being developed while they were still filming. "It was a blast. It was an amazing experience. We were in the tropical rainforests of Hawaii stomping through the mud and getting rained on all day and then we ended up finishing in Austin, Texas. I really think this movie is going to be good. They had cut together a trailer while we were still working and it looked amazing. It's a great cast and along with the action elements and the sci-fi elements, and with Robert Rodriguez being involved, I think it's going to push it to another level." [16]

Special effects

Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis, head of special effects studio Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc, also known as "ADI", who previously worked on 2004's Alien vs. Predator and 2007's Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem are stated not to be in charge of the creature design for the film, as well as Stan Winston Studios. KNB EFX’s Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero have taken over building the creature suits.[17] Berger, who worked with Winston on the original Predator, stated that the studio is reprising the original Stan Winston design of the Predator in the film, saying "We wanted to have the Predator look as it did in the original film. We went back and looked at the original...everyone’s going to be very happy that we’ve been very faithful to the Stan Winston designs." [18]


  1. ^ 'Predators' vs Yakuza, First Details on Laurence Fishburne's Character
  2. ^ "AICN Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez answers some questions about PREDATORS!!! - Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  3. ^ "Neil Marshall to Direct Predators?". Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  4. ^ "Nimrod Antal to Direct Predators? | /Film". 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  5. ^ "Robert Rodriguez Wants Arnold Schwarzenegger In His New ‘Predators’ » MTV Movies Blog". 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  6. ^ A Glimpse at the Predators Home World
  7. ^ "Robert Rodriguez Wants Arnold Schwarzenegger For Predators - Arnold Schwarzenegger". io9. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  8. ^ ‘Predators’ Director Defends Adrien Brody Pick (2009-11-30). "'Predators' Director Defends Adrien Brody Pick". News in Film. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
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  13. ^ "Predators Completes Hawaii Shoot". AvPGalaxy. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  14. ^ "Updates on Robert Rodriguez’s PREDATORS". 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  15. ^ "The Pulse of the Alien & Predator Community". AvPGalaxy. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
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  17. ^ For the First Time Ever, Nimrod Antal Talks 'Predators'
  18. ^ "VFX Company Says Fans Will Be Happy With 'Predators'". 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  

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