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