Neil Marshall To Direct Predators?

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predator2 Neil Marshall To Direct Predators?

It was announced early this year that a Predator sequel/reboot (it’s not quite clear which yet) is in the works, only this time retitled as Predators. At first Robert Rodriguez was said to be attached as director, but reports soon thereafter corrected it to his being a producer through his Troublemaker Studios. Alex Litvak was reportedly chosen to write the film, and so it seemed that things were moving along the project.

But wait, don’t we need a director, I hear you ask? Well, yes, and it has been reported by Bloody Disgusting that Neil Marshall is in “close talks” to direct Predators.

If you’re not familiar with the name, Marshall directed the gory action-horror film Dog Soldiers a few years back, then went on and directed what I maintain is one of the scariest films of the last 15 years, The Descent. He also directed the post-apocalyptic Doomsday, so he is capable of making type of film I’m sure we all hope Predators will be. The deal between Marshall and 20th Century Fox has not been signed yet, but nonetheless Bloody Disgusting’s “100% reliable source” is saying it’s getting close.

Neil Marshall seems like a really good fit for Predators: His movies are always really fast-paced and mix horror with tension and action very well. Isn’t that just about right for our Predators reboot/sequel? I’d say so. And the producing/directing team-up of Rodriguez and Marshall is a positive sign as well. Let’s hope the two of them make the most of those legendary creature killers, and not pour it down the drain as happened with AVP.

The only thing that had me initially excited to see Predators (other than the obvious notion of seeing more Predators on the big screen) was Rodriguez’ involvement. Now that Marshall’s name is attached, I’m looking forward to Predators even more. Even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of Doomsday, I absolutely loved The Descent, and for that I will always keep an eye on what Marshall puts out there.

Screen Rant will keep you informed if and when confirmation of Marshall directing Predators is released.

For now: Do you think Neil Marshall is a good fit for Predators? If not, who would you rather see direct instead?

Predators is scheduled to be released on July 9th, 2010.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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  1. I just thought that “previous” ending I mentioned nailed it and would have been a much more poignant (and tear-jerking, if yer that way inclined) note to finish on…but then it just kept going. My one complaint about Spielberg is that he has this pathological need to send an audience out of the picture with their hearts singing like a choir of angels on MDMA. Personally I love a downbeat ending where one is appropriate, and I felt AI would have had more impact for me if the denouement had been a slightly tragic one. That had been the nature of Haley Joel Osment’s performance for me.

    Also, think what Kubrick would have done with it! I’m just glad Spielberg made up for it with Minority Report. But then again, that ENDING… He can’t help himself! Maybe I’m just an old cynic, but I do appreciate my heartstrings being tugged where the wires aren’t visible.

  2. So the ending was too downbeat Big D?
    I’m not understanding you.

    The ending was pretty sad to me…

  3. No, totally the opposite! Did we see the same film?! I AM an old cynic then…

  4. Wow that was a pretty good exchange of ideas on a movie that did not spoil anything..good job 790, Big D and Ken..Thanks!!

  5. GreenKnight333. LOOK AWAY AI SPOILERS !!!
    ^

    GET OUT AND RENT AI!!

    ^

    Ok Big D, the ending you thought they should have left it at was when he ends up underwater starring at the Blue Fairy?
    Wtf???

  6. Heed the spoiler warnings GK333.

    :-)

  7. LOL – Yup, that would have done it for me, 790! Weirdo that I am!

  8. Wow, Big D, well what happens after that was the perfect ending IMO.

  9. Oh, and greenknight333, it IS worth seeing despite me ragging on the end!

  10. Ah well, 790, we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one! Now then, about this Neil Marshall chap…!

  11. Sounds good Big D.
    ^
    I welcome a new take on the Predator franchise.

  12. I will watch it this coming weekend..I have it on DVD so it will be something I look forward to..

  13. Yeah, if he did it in the same style as The Descent I’d be all for it. I think the main thing that’s ruined both the Predator and Aliens franchises is that we’ve just physically seen too much of them. There’s no horror element to either of them now because we know exactly what we’re going to get.

  14. The first AvP was an ok sci fi film but the sequel was just offensive on many levels. I’ve never seen the Descent but the working title “Predators” could mean a number of possibities. I can think of a few cool routes they could take.

  15. It was dead murky. Lotsa murk. What I loved about James Cameron’s Aliens was that he filmed the “drones” from such odd angles and so rapidly that you could never quite work out what you were seeing. After AvP I just couldn’t work myself up to see Requiem.

  16. AvP Requiem was an attempt to turn the franchise into a base horror film.

  17. How d’you mean, 790, just chase ‘n’ slash?

  18. Big D, read Vic’s review on AVP R.

  19. Ah, I see! God, it does sound rough. I suppose there’s murk, and there’s murk…

  20. Im hoping its not a reboot, but instead focuse’s on the predator homeworld… mind you whatever it is it cant be worse than AVP2 *shudder*

    and im sorry to question a screenrant writer, I generally have faith in everything you say and love your unbiased information/reviews, but the descent??? come on! that has seriously got to be the worst movie I have ever seen… I have banned my gf from picking movies for us to watch since she made me sit through that tripe… just one mans opinion though

    good day

  21. @ Shamose

    “I have banned my gf from picking movies for us to watch since she made me sit through that tripe… just one mans opinion though”

    I guess it’s an opinion…extremely dated one but still an opinion none-the-less

  22. Haha

    Dated? didnt is just come out last year?
    Well she isnt really “Banned” but we joke about it, since she aswell hated the movie

  23. Shamose, definitely don’t bother with Doomsday then!

  24. Ah come on “Doomsday” is the perfect film to hang out with friends (perhaps play a drinking game) and call out the scenes that are lifted from other films.
    The dvd should come with a game manuel.

    I remember watching it and laughing because it was real well produced but totally ripped off the overall plot of Escape from NY. With some Escape from LA, and Mad Max in there as well,

  25. Did that! We were actually all with it up until the team went through the wall in the APVs – thought it might be on the same level as 28 Days Later, but we just ended up picking it to bits after that. Where did all the medieval gear come from? (And don’t say the props department!) The Bentley ad/Mad Max business nearly drove us to cannibalism: not a scratch on it, not even a broken headlight. No matter what he chooses to slum it in, I must admit I’ve always got a soft spot for Malcolm McDowell though.

  26. I think I’d blanked out the trauma, 790, but I can tell you the precise moment Doomsday “jumped the shark” in my eyes (or ears): when it used/abused my favourite Siouxsie & The Banshees track “Spellbound”. I could feel the red haze descending at that point…

  27. The descent was horrible…in my opinion that is. Only good thing about it was that the people that i wanted to die in the movie… Did. Doomsday was whatever… Didn’t care for it much but as long as rodriguez is really strongly attached to the film than i think it could be good. Then again i haven’t seen a movie with the predator character that i didn’t like (yes including both avp’s). I mean i could’ve and actually did write something better…

  28. Considering that Neil Marshall is completely incapable of doing anything original, and borders on being a cheap rip off artist who fails to credit sources (i.e. Jeff Long’s book on which Descent was based), he’s probably a good choice company man for a reboot like Predators. No original thinking required. Perfect for Neil.