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Robert Rodriguez Not Involved In Predator Sequel

Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez Not Involved In Predator SequelIf it wasn’t obvious already, this interview confirms it. Collider caught up with Predators producer Robert Rodriguez at the 40th Annual Saturn Awards. Rodriguez confirms he won’t be involved in the upcoming Predator sequel from Shane Black but says he’s looking forward to it. He recounts how he made the Predators film with a sequel in mind but hints that a change of management at 20th Century Fox altered those plans.

Question: Earlier this week they announced a remake of Predator and then they announced that Shane Black and Fred Dekker and making it, but that it’s not a remake but a sequel of some sorts. Do you have any idea where they’re going with that?

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: I don’t. But if Shane’s involved it’s gonna be awesome.

Can you tell us, because Predators ended on such an interesting note where things seemed like they were about to go insane. Is that probably not happening at this point because they’re going in a new direction, or is there any chance we’ll see a follow up to Predators?

RODRIGUEZ: I dunno, when you do something like that. I had written the script originally, the assignment was always to write a sequel. In fact when I had originally written it, it was always for Arnold. It was way back. I mean, I wrote that before I did Desperado. And somebody there went through the old files and found my old script years and years later and said, ‘Hey! Would you like to make this?’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m shooting a movie now, but I would love to produce it.’ It wasn’t my series, but it was great to go. We got to design the creatures and you always want to build it in case they make another one. But I know the guy who was the chairman then [Tom Rothman] , left and the new guy came in [Jim Gianopulos] so it could always go either way. I think they have lots of options. But I’m a huge predator fan, I’d love to see. So long as they make another one, I just wanna see it.

In that film you introduced a sort of super race of Predators, with even more violent big ones. And I heard some people – and I didn’t agree with them – but for some people, that kind of devalues the previous predators we’ve seen. And when you are making sequels, obviously things have to get bigger and there is higher risk. How do you balance between reverence between what’s come before and needing to do something new?

RODRIGUEZ: That one was great. We got to have our cake and eat it to. We designed a new predator. But we wanted to make a replica of the original to have him. And that was the best, being on the set to see the original predator predator come out. Because Greg Nicotero had the original molds. And to see like, the original predator walking around, that’s like taking a time machine back. It was so cool. So we have to make him as badass as the new Super-Predator, as we called it. But yeah, we did it in probably less than a year. It was really fun, it was a really intense time working on a couple projects and it was really exciting. I love the whole, working in that world and getting to throw our hat in the ring for one of the movies.

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Comments: 42
  1. OpenMaw
    In terms of design the first AVP does look top, in that regard. I think some of the color grading takes out a bit of the life in the sets, though. If anything makes AVP look cheap, it's the way it's edited and shot. The slow-motion, and motion changing nonsense just reeks of amateurishness. This gets really bad during and after the first AVP slug-fest. Some of the shots just... No. If they had been filmed more classically, I think it would have looked a lot better.
  2. SM
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    15million us dollars in the 1980s is a ton of loot.

    Average movie budget around that time was about $18m.  Not a ton for a science-fiction-action-effects movie.

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    that movie looks very cheap avp is soooooo cheap looking with the exception of some cgi and props and such booooooooooooooo

    I'm sure on some level that sentence makes sense.  Not sure which level though.
  3. PRI. HUDSON
    I liked RR Predators film. Shame we won't get a sequel.

    We don't know yet if the new movie is a sequel to Predators or not. It could be another stand alone sequel.

    I know. I meant that RR won't be doing a sequel to what he made. I really thought RR did a solid job with Predators. Sure, it had some issues, but I liked it overall. I liked the "wolf vs. dog" predator rivalry.
  4. worldpeace
    i hope he gets whatever he needs to make this a great movie. im done having this conversation for ever more. 15million us dollars in the 1980s is a ton of loot.

    that movie looks very cheap avp is soooooo cheap looking with the exception of some cgi and props and such booooooooooooooo



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    15million us dollars in 1986 was a ton of money.

    It was below the average.

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    AVP cost $60 million to make, and it still looked kinda rubbish. If they can make Predator look as good as it did with just $15 million, they do not need a heap of cash this time. They just need to put in the effort.

    It doesn't work like that.  Everything - labour, materials, equipment, transport, etc costs a lot more now.  You couldn't make Predator for $15m these days.  That's why Pauly went to Prague to make AvP, and made it look like a lot more than it cost.

    Given Black's newfound clout, I'd be very surprised if this cost anything under $80m.
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  5. SM
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    15million us dollars in 1986 was a ton of money.

    It was below the average.

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    AVP cost $60 million to make, and it still looked kinda rubbish. If they can make Predator look as good as it did with just $15 million, they do not need a heap of cash this time. They just need to put in the effort.

    It doesn't work like that.  Everything - labour, materials, equipment, transport, etc costs a lot more now.  You couldn't make Predator for $15m these days.  That's why Pauly went to Prague to make AvP, and made it look like a lot more than it cost.

    Given Black's newfound clout, I'd be very surprised if this cost anything under $80m.
  6. worldpeace
    i ment parts of predators looks cheap. the overhead shot of the chained up predator roaring looks very fake. the predators faces in predators didn't look right in the mouth area. it has some beautiful shots and looks fine in parts and in other places it feels independent cheap borderline made for tv direct to dvd feel imo.all those films have moments of goodness.. even if only for a frame or two


     
    Predators doesn't look cheap at all, it's actually a beautiful looking film on DVD and especially Bluray the budget was same as Avpr and that film looks cheaper than cheap but considering Predators was made in less than year is fascinating. Robert is smart when it comes to those things.
  7. Mike
    PRI Hudson same here I didn't like it I loved it. It's so awsome from the trailers to the tv spots to the actual film itself. Sometimes I think it's my fav Pred film sinse I watched it more times than P1 and P2 combined although I do love those films as we'll. But I can talk about Predators all day it's truly one badass film.
  8. Mike
    Predators doesn't look cheap at all, it's actually a beautiful looking film on DVD and especially Bluray the budget was same as Avpr and that film looks cheaper than cheap but considering Predators was made in less than year is fascinating. Robert is smart when it comes to those things.
  9. worldpeace
    15million us dollars in 1986 was a ton of money. the value of american currency has been greatly damaged over the last decade and most everything in america has become much more expensive since the 80s. you haven't changed my mind but time will tell . also 15million us dollars in mexico in 1986 was like billions of pesos .


    im not disagreeing with you . im saying in these cir cumstances it needs more then 40million . i understand what you are saying, you dont need too repeat yourself soo much. avp. avr and predators look and feel cheap. maybe money could fix that?

    AVP cost $60 million to make, and it still looked kinda rubbish. If they can make Predator look as good as it did with just $15 million, they do not need a heap of cash this time. They just need to put in the effort.
  10. HuDaFuK
    im not disagreeing with you . im saying in these cir cumstances it needs more then 40million . i understand what you are saying, you dont need too repeat yourself soo much. avp. avr and predators look and feel cheap. maybe money could fix that?

    AVP cost $60 million to make, and it still looked kinda rubbish. If they can make Predator look as good as it did with just $15 million, they do not need a heap of cash this time. They just need to put in the effort.
  11. worldpeace
    im not disagreeing with you . im saying in these cir cumstances it needs more then 40million . i understand what you are saying, you dont need too repeat yourself soo much. avp. avr and predators look and feel cheap. maybe money could fix that?


    But money in no way equals a great movie. Many of the greatest movies have been made on limited budgets, purely because it forces people to be more creative with what they have.

    Give a production unlimited cash and you get the latest Transformers movie.
  12. HuDaFuK
    But money in no way equals a great movie. Many of the greatest movies have been made on limited budgets, purely because it forces people to be more creative with what they have.

    Give a production unlimited cash and you get the latest Transformers movie.
  13. worldpeace
    i think in this case it can help. it depends on the script. the scale and size of locations, what kind of money the actors get paid. if they can hire the right people and make a film better then avp, avpr and predators with 40million then great.... im just saying id rather they  hire the right people and give them all the time and money needed.

    i dont hate im disagreeing with him. what a tremendous exaggeration of a post. ::)





    i feel you are wrong.
    http://img.izismile.com/img/img5/20120208/640/epic_haters_gonna_hate_memes_640_34.jpg
  14. worldpeace
    i feel you are wrong. this would more likely have a hunting clan like at the end of predator 2. i think shane has his own ideas, none of which will involve super predator .  it depends but this movie could end up better the anything we've seen. it could also elevate shanes status as a film maker if he succeeds. this is a huge jolt of life to the franchise .  i didn't realise new management at fox was responsible for this happening i bet they throw much more money at this then predators.
  15. Hellspawn28
    I knew he won't be back given that he seems to be busy with other projects. It took them almost 10 years for Sin City 2 to happen and he still wants to do Machete 3, the last time I checked. Fox seems to move this movie forward fast, I guess we will get a director (hoping Shane Black will) soon and they might casting soon as well. It would be cool to have both Prometheus and Predator 4 in 2016.
  16. RakaiThwei
    All I can say is.. I hope this is not set on the Predator Homeworld. Just seeing Predators getting killed on their home turf doesn't sit very well with me, and I hope that's not the direction we're going in. Thing is.. we almost had that with PREDATORS.
  17. Mike
    Had RR & Nimrod got on the project as soon as they finished Predators, there would of been a sequel at least one before the chairman of Fox quit because I recall RR saying Fox said lets do some other ones what other ideas do you have. in other words Fox confirmed a sequel 3 years ago but Robert and Nimrod never got on it. He claims he did in 2011 but I don't know.
  18. Nightmare Asylum
    Not unexpected. When a direct sequel to Predators didn't happen right away I figured we wouldn't be getting one.

    Can't say I'm bothered either way. I liked what Predators was going for (even though it was pretty lacking in some areas), but am also interested in seeing the series change hands. Just hoping for something fun.
  19. Mike
    I kinda wish though that Nimrod Antal was involved with the new movie some how since he hasn't had any work since Predators and he just did a Metallica short film, but thats nothing really. He also has expressed loving to do another one again since he had fun doing Predators, and he made a badass film. Predators is essescially Predator 3 Nimrod said so in a Collider interview same one above. Anyways I think a Noland prequel would of been badass. Like amazing... But I'm always open to new stories and I love this franchise and I'm so grateful to be seeing it again. Films these days take too long to come out thats why you got to appreciate what you get good or bad film. I loved Predators though, I think I watched it more times than Predator 1, thats saying something.
  20. Mike
    Its ok though, I mean I would of loved to see a Noland Prequel which was the next intent for the sequence. But I'm ok with a new director taking the helm. I'm always up too different directors take on a franchise with a cool pro folio background on there credit. Which Shane Black has, which Nimrod Antal had, John Mc, and Stephen Hopkins. I'm up for this film. I wanna say though try doing suspense in a different way this time instead of laying off the creatures for 40 min again. it worked for Predators because Predators was a cool sort of reboot?sequel for this generation and it worked great with the scary planet setting. 
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