A couple of months ago it was announced that a director had been found for the upcoming Predators reboot/sequel in the form of Nimrod Antal. The Vacancy director was just one of many that was in the running to direct the highly sought-after project, with another notable naming being The Descent helmer, Neil Marshall (who I, and many other fans, strongly favored).
With Robert Rodriguez on-board to produce (he was also rumored to be directing at one point), Antal on-board to direct, and Alex Litvak and Michael Finch having written it, it looks like Predators is definitely on the way. And now Production Weekly is reporting a shooting start date (and location) for the film: September 28th, 2009 at Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.
Predators is being said to be about a "very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors - that are not always from outside their group." Sounds like it's putting a new spin on the franchise but at the same time keeping the spirit of the original - I'm sure fans will agree that's a good thing.
I'm still not sure about Antal directing the film, though. As I've said before, he showed some talent for tension with the Kate Beckinsale/Luke Wilson thriller, Vacancy, a couple of years ago, but that movie doesn't exactly show that he would do the Predator franchise the justice it deserves. I much would have preferred Neil Marshall to direct, just because his resume (The Descent, Dog Soldiers and Doomsday) seems a lot more suited to Predators.
However, I'm willing to give Antal the benefit of the doubt for now. What about you?
As stated, Predators is (apparently) to start filming on September 28th, 2009, and is slated for a release on July 7th, 2010.
Sources: Production Weekly via ComingSoon