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PREDATORS May Have A Director, Too...

Merrick here...
Bloody Disgusting is saying Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT, DOOMSDAY, and the forthcoming CENTURION) is in "close talks" to direct the Robert Rodriguez produced PREDATORS. Read about it HERE. This is a more promising choice than the CONAN news (HERE). I find Marshall's films to be inconsistent, but he's usually (at least) interesting & I think he just might have this one in him. More info as more comes in...

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  • June 12, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by Lyghthouse

    I thought RR was directing?

  • June 12, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Who am I kidding....

    by Lyghthouse

    Neil Marshall is a much better choice anyway. This is good news.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    You know what, fuck Hollywood.

    by ganymede3010

    Why can't they get a proven director of the genre to flesh this out? This is going to be another B movie like the last 2 AVP's.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    The 'DECENT'?

    by jimmay

    Was that the movie about a group of British seplunker girls that became lost in a cave and attacked by clean-cut 1950's suburbanites?

  • June 12, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez as a producer sounds good.

    by ABking

    Let someone else direct.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here.

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    This stuff will make you a god damned sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST

    This is interesting. I'm up for it.

    by Mike_D

    It'll be entertaining thats for sure.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    fuck yes!

    by DanboJohnJ

    he can do soilders and horror well so,yeah i'm up for this.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Good call.


  • June 12, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Neil Marshall's B horror movies

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Drive (2009/II) (in production) <P> Centurion (2009) (post-production) <P>Doomsday (2008)<P>The Descent (2005)<P>Dog Soldiers (2002)<P>Combat (1999)

  • June 12, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST

    this is good news

    by Xiphos_2

    As far as good news can go with this remake which admitedly isn't very far.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by Jesiah

    I want the whole planet of predators to say that word

  • June 12, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    needs JJ Abrams

    by BrightEyes

    to reboot this

  • June 12, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Damn! I was hoping for McG.

    by otm shank

    Could be a good choice. No reason he should not "get" the material. Unlike Paul W.S. Anderson.<p> Doomsday was not good though.

  • June 12, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST

    What Happened to Robert Rodriguez?

    by Media Messiah

    Not that I'm complaining, he is not a good director anyway...but...wasn't he supposed to direct this turkey...and sure fire bomb?

  • June 12, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    DOOMSDAY was fucking garbage.

    by MaxTheSilent

    But THE DESCENT is one of the top five best horror movies of the decade

  • June 12, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST


    by BillyMayesHere

    What is the think behind this?

  • June 12, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    how about Rodriguez????

    by BillyMayesHere

    The Oak isn't gonna sign up for this!

  • June 12, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    This is a great choice!

    by bullet3

    In dog soldiers he really handled the badass soldier dialogue stuff well, and The Descent is the best horror movie of the last 5 years as far as I'm concerned.

  • June 12, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Nice one

    by TomHooligan

    That's great news! Always good to see a British director given a shot at the bigtime. I thought the English version of The Descent was about one of the scariest films i've seen, and he's proved himself in the 'beast stalking in the woods' genre with Dog Soldiers. So i'm positive he can kick some arse with a big budget. GOOO, GET TO THE CHOPPER!!!!

  • June 12, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    That would be awesome

    by Neosamurai85

    with a good screen play and RR on the green light, Marshall would be all sorts of perfect for this. Dog Soldiers stole open heartedly from all these 80s greats and was the most satisfying b-movie I've seen in years. The Descent was about 98% perfect in my book, combining elements of Alien and Deliverance without feeling like theft anymore, but simply knowing how to use what has worked well before and making something new from it (you know... learning from the past instead of just exploiting it). Doomsday... was a mess. But goddamn it I couldn't hate it. In his hands I found a movie that I wanted to hate too much fun too. It flirted more with theft than inspiration but while drawing from Road Warrior, No Escape (Absolom 2022) Escape from New York, it did mostly feel like its own animal within a kind of subgenre started by those films, so it gets a pretty solid B for what in most directors' hands would have been an F from me. In short, the guy hasn't let me down yet for entertainment as long as Doomsday was a (very forgivable) stumble along the way. But seriously, he gets all the kind of films from the period of Predator, and if anyone could give the body fishnet wearing ugly motherfuckers back their balls... he's a better surgeon than we could hope for.

  • June 12, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Neil Marshall is the poor man's John Carpenter

    by TurdontheRun

    At least when Carpenter did genre homages, he did clever spins on them - Assault on Precinct 13 as an urban Rio Bravo, and Halloween with its Psycho allusions. Marshall just rips-off other movies outright. Utterly derivative and over-rated director.<p>Rodriguez should do this himself; he's not great, but he can do decent action. And make this the third in the Predator trilogy - no reboot nonsense!

  • June 12, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    they don't have a script yet

    by SpiceMonkey27

    how the fuck can there have a director already...more like just a name attached

  • June 12, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Dog Soldiers :)

    by medicinaluser

    Was fucking brilliant<BR><BR> Spoon (to attacking werewolf):"I hope I give you the shits, you fucking wimp."<BR><BR>I want this to be set in the past and have a Predator utter the above words as its about to be eaten by a T-Rex.<BR><BR>So glad RR is not directing this w/e happened to him anyway?

  • June 12, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Descent was awesome...Doomsday was a misfire..

    by quantize

    just like Grindhouse it couldn't get it's B-Movie shit together enough to be funny or exciting..The Descent though is a contemporary modern classic..only tasteless fucks would fail to see that.

  • June 12, 2009, 1:43 a.m. CST


    by Sherlock Holmes II

    That trad-hack baldilocks? Keeeewl! It's like, gonna be, like, all bad-ass and have special, like, guest appearances by theIR girlfriends an...orrrh Man, I can't wait any longer. FIST/DICK PUMP...FIST/DICK PUMP...

  • June 12, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Fox should put up McTeirnan's Bail


    And Let Him Direct It

  • June 12, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    check out Dog Soldiers

    by mrbong

    this was an ace film, in parts a clear "homage" to Predator. not seen Doomsday, but Dog Soldiers and The Descent were ace, good luck to the chap with this project.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    i struggle

    by prbt

    to see the difference between Marshall and someone like Uwe Boll. The Descent was tired, derivative toss, every beat of that film could've been guessed at from the first five minutes.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    and while I'm here: AVP-R

    by prbt

    Is there a cut where you can actually see what the hell is going on? I turned the brightness to max on the player, the graphics card AND the monitor, and I STILL couldn't make head or tail of it.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST




  • June 12, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I Agree With Manzilla!!

    by tech_noir

    See, I don't see the difference between someone like Marshall and Paul W Anderson, to be honest. The camera work for the action scenes will be choppy and fast. It won't feel like Predator. Get someone who not just respects the original, get the fucking guy who made it. McTiernan's first two movies are two of the best films ever made. Ever. Help him out, give him the bail, give him the film, give him a comeback.

  • she said why'd you say that twice? see i didnt... cause of the echo...

  • June 12, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Marshall VS Boll

    by Neosamurai85

    You know... this feels like a set up for a trolling bout, but I'm going to assume for the moment that was a serious question prbt. I suppose we can argue where derivative ends and inspiration begins and all that, but to answer your question in the most direct way possible: the difference is craftsmanship. There is virtually not a single element of Boll's work that shows any sense of craftsmanship. Continuity, cinematography, editing, lighting, acting, plot, script. A director is not always in charge of all these elements directly per se, but they are in charge of making sure they work. Directors see bad dialog in scripts, the re-write or call for re-writes or for the actor to ad lib something better on the spot. They are in charge of all these elements working right in the end, and Boll shows virtually no skill whatsoever in any of these departments to make him the least bit deserving of half the material that he gets his grubby boxing gloves on. As for Marshall, again and again, he has shown all these skills. If you think he steals more than builds from, you can't deny that he does it very well. He knows how to set mood, get good performances out of people and... well... direct a frekken film. That's the core difference. The rest is debatable, but there is little credibility in saying that he isn't a better handler of his material.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    maybe i shouldn't judge on 1 film

    by prbt

    but I couldn't believe how below-par The Descent was. And I'd recently seen a Uwe Boll film (can't remember which one, are they different?), and it seemed just as crappy.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Clint should direct this.

    by pokadoo

    And play Old Dutch.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    As long as he puts Sean Pertwee in it I'm there!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Seriously underused actor. Maybe casting directors get him confused with Sean Bean and hire the wrong man?

  • June 12, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Best News All Day

    by HideousSecretion

    Marshall makes an excellent choice for director of Predators. His style is an absolute perfect fit. Lets hope this comes together. I want to hear Marshall say, "It's a soldier movie... with Predators." Fuckin A.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by HideousSecretion

    Dog Soldiers was the shit. Just watch that and you'll know this fucker will direct the shit out of Predators.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Fuckin Great News!!! Marshall is top notch

    by masteryoda007

    Neil Marshall is a great choice for this picture. No man digs a genre picture linke Neil does. Best movie news in ages.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Good News AND Bad News


    Good = This guy is a fucking awesome director and this material is perfectly suited to him.<p>Bad = He should be working on his own original material instead of this tired, raped franchise.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    prbt. You're just being a dick.


    "I couldn't believe how below-par The Descent was."<p>How was The Descent 'below-par' exactly? You're just trying to be a Dickblood and start an argument.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    Now I'm excited about seeing Predators on screen again. Marshall will do this justice. Oh, and leave Doomsday alone, it was great!

  • June 12, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST

    That's a solid choice

    by palimpsest

    Marshall's a fine chap, and his genre knowledge is unparalleled. And his movies are awesome fun.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST

    The Descent was good

    by kwisatzhaderach

    but Marshall is also a big fan boy, which could be a huge negative. Could go either way - The Descent good or Doomsday bad.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    No, JJ Abrams needs to stay the fuck away. We don't need a bland, TV movie Predator movie with beautiful young people running around 'acting'.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    I've been a supporter of Marshall's since Dog Soldiers - the first true horror classic to come out of Britain since Hellraiser. Personally i loved Doomsday - i'm a Carpenter fan and enjoyed how much a fan Marshall must be too. Looking forward to Centurion, but his Predator will be the film to see. I hope to see some of his regulars cast, as well as some big names he'd not had access to til now. I was hoping he'd rescue the Highlander remake, but i guess this is better. CAN'T BLOODY WAIT!

  • June 12, 2009, 4:09 a.m. CST

    i think he is a good guy

    by Mr Gorilla

    this could / should work out. as long as they decide that they have something to say that is DIFFERENT from the original.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Much better choice!

    by kafka07

    Not perfect, but worlds better than he whose name must never be uttered.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    "Centurion" project

    by HagCeli

    sounds really intriguing. Just checked it out on imdb. I wonder, however, why all current Roman epics have to be set in Britain? Wasn't the empire bigger than that?

  • June 12, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST


    by prbt

    Not trying to start anything, I just thought it sucked, and I can't think of one positive thing to say about it. It was like The Cave, but less scary... <p> Maybe Doomsday and Dog Soliders are masterpieces, I haven't seen them.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Fuck yes.

    by DocPazuzu

    That's how you do it. Fuck Nispel's Conan.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Doesn't sound too bad. As long as it's not PG-13...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...count me in. Can't be worse than the last three Predator/Alien movies.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Neil Marshall hasn't disappointed yet.

    by Psyclops

    DOG SOLDIERS was terrific, THE DESCENT was one of the scariest films I'd seen in years and DOOMSDAY was simply one of the most insane and entertaining movies of 2008. This guy is the real deal and I truly hope he gets the job.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:28 a.m. CST

    great choice

    by misnomer

    hopefully he gets some input into the script...

  • June 12, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Doomsday wasn't Neil's fault

    by smackfu

    There is just something fundamentally off-putting about post-apocalypse movies that feature people talking in british/australian accents while wearing rubber tire body armor and punk haircuts. It only worked in Mad Max because it was so fucking campy, the movies were basically saying 'hey, I'm a really fucking stupid movie, but I'm being straightforward about it, so just try to enjoy it ok?'. And we did. Mostly because we were kids. It's sort of like the 'full retard' thing. You just don't do it. And Neil did it, and learned his lesson. Give the guy some credit, you don't just fall ass-backwards into making the best horror film in over a decade. He has talent, he just picked a bad project.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST

    I mean Christ, the guy who made Deliverance

    by smackfu

    went on to make Zardoz. Sometimes things just work better on paper.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST

    The Descent is the best horror movie of the decade.

    by Knuckleduster

    No other horror film made over the past 9 to 10 years can come even close to the level of scary brilliance of that film. You could argue for Let The Right One In, but I don't really consider it a full-blown horror (it is a fantastic film, though).

  • June 12, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

    I've been a horror fan since I first saw Nightmare on Elm St as a kid, hell I used to even have a subscription to Fangoria. So it goes without saying I'm pretty jaded and de-sensitized to horror films, and the Descent is so fucking intense it almost makes me hyperventilate every time I watch it. I'm claustrophobic and the Descent captured the creeping horror of confined spaces on a level the Cave couldn't even approach. The key to enjoying Descent is realizing that the part where the monsters come out is the least scary part of the film.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST


    by WolfmanNards

    There are only a handful of directors that could handle this movie in the right way, and he's definitely one of them.

  • June 12, 2009, 6 a.m. CST

    Doomsday was just Marshall getting over-excited

    by Stuntcock Mike

    about the material.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    marshall can make something good here

    by palewook

    as long as he stays away from embracing the genre too hard. i can appreciate doomsday, he just went a little over board being a fan boy during the movie. <p> the descent is perfection though.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:14 a.m. CST

    John Carpenter is the poor man's John Carpenter these days.

    by Fortunesfool

    And whoever said 'it needs Abrams'..Fuck off and leran something about film-making.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Why is there such a geek hard-on for this guy?

    by Toilet_Terror

    Two horror films with excellent setups and terrible payoffs, and one crappy John Carpenter homage. Yay.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    You said, "The key to enjoying Descent is realizing that the part where the monsters come out is the least scary part of the film.".... On the basis of that they should give Marshall the Alien prequel (if Scott doesn't do it).

  • June 12, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Marshall vis-a-vis Boll

    by DocPazuzu

    If you don't understand the difference, allow me to explain: <p> You're a fucktard.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Me likey!

    by just pillow talk

    That's just your opinion Mr. Crapper, but I liked both Dog Soldiers and The Descent. And I love Doomsday.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...was played straight, but it was very much tongue-in-cheek. He set about making the perfect post-pub-crawl movie. He knew exactly what he was doing and the sheer nuttiness of it works.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST

    speaking of Toilet Terror..

    by just pillow talk

    Had a great dump this morning...really cleared me out.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Doomsday was 'tongue-in-cheek'?

    by Toilet_Terror

    If that means 'can't-shoot-an-action-scene-to-save-your-skin' I guess you're right.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...Does anyone else remember how much trouble fettastic used to get into regarding Dog Soldiers? He fucking HATED that movie, but his reasoning was that is was "too British" and that they "talked too much about tea." <p> Yes, he got flamed.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    There was nothing wrong with the way Marshall shot the action in Doomsday. In fact, he handles that much more deftly than most of his contemporaries.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    what was wrong with the action scenes?

    by just pillow talk

  • June 12, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    No coherence

    by Toilet_Terror

    no tempo, no excitement, no good.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    Bloody right. And i'm a Brit and i prefer coffee.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Don't want to rag on him

    by Toilet_Terror

    I just don't get the love.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    and I disagree with you...

    by just pillow talk

    I like how he handled the action scenes in Doomsday. Not sure what you mean exactly by having no tempo.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    DC Films

    by just pillow talk

    You are clearly a British impostor if you don't drink tea. How dare you not follow a stereotype. <p>Bastard.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    I'm an editor and have a modest sense of tempo and IMHO his action has it - has clear narrative beats to it that develop the action to a crescendo. Unlike the Mr Bay type of stuff that just hits you with quicker and quicker cuts without any real developments that 'up' the tension. I think Marshall is a grass-roots filmmaker that makes the movies he loves to watch. His films aren't perfect - they're more fun than that - they're visceral, intense rides that remind me of the shear, belief suspending moronic fun i had at the cinema as a kid seeing Carpenter.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Where's Harry...

    by droog

    So he can get "the TRUTH" from his personal bestest friend, and then shit all over other websites?

  • June 12, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by shoveller

    Does anyone know where to get a copy of the original Predators script. Apparently it's "widely available online" ( but i'll be fucked if i can find it... If anyone's got an idea, let me know. I't'd be fun to see the original idea vs the finished product. Oh, and put the kettle on - it's your turn to brew up...

  • June 12, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Marshall is fine by me!!!

  • June 12, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    RR, read this!

    by Darth Busey

    I want to be serious for a minute. Either get Arnold prominently involved in this, or don't bother with the property.

  • June 12, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I'm The Only Person On Earth Who Liked DOOMSDAY

    by LaserPants

    Thats right. I'm the guy. I thought it was funny. Didn't anyone get that it was supposed to be a joke? In the vein of Grindhouse? Guess not.

  • June 12, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    this is also dumb.


  • June 12, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Laserpants - I liked DOOMSDAY too!

    by AJD_1

    It was the best apocalyptic, Scottish cannibal film I'd seen all year!

  • June 12, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by Crimson Dynamo

    I'm down for a new Predator flick

  • June 12, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    "DOOMSDAY was f'n garbage." -- T R U E

    by JDanielP

    After seeing DOG SOLDIERS and THE DESCENT, I was excited for the man's future in directing, feeling a similarity to a young James Cameron. But DOOMSDAY tossed THAT feeling out the window (so-to-speak), as I felt it was one of the WORST movies I've ever seen. If I hadn't shown up with two friends, I may have walked out. (One friend thought it was okay, the other friend thought it sucked.)

  • June 12, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Never going to happen

    by Series7

    Sorry I won't believe it until my butt is in the theater watching it. Until then I call BS.

  • June 12, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    I mean

    by Series7

    they don't give promising directors breaks anymore. They save those for cool guys like McG, and Tim Story.

  • June 12, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Dog Soldiers and Descent was decent and lets admit...

    by Kenshiro_187

    what do we want from this new Predator film? A fun time with guts & glory right? That Neil Marshall can deliver. Better him than some doofus like Justin Lin.

  • June 12, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Laserpants--same here, I digged Doomsday too...

    by Kenshiro_187

    Thought it was more a collage of his influences from Mad Max, Aliens, Highlander, etc.

  • June 12, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by tonguestubble

    that's a very poor choice

  • June 12, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Doomsday was far from perfect but I liked it

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    It's true that the movie itself is one big homage mash-up of different films but I think it makes for a nice 90 minute time waster on a weekend. <p> Marshall should be a nice pick for Predators.

  • June 12, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Doomsday is homage...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...done right. He did it once to get it out of his system, whereas Tarantino can do nothing else -- and quite badly in recent years, I might add.

  • June 12, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Doomsday Blu-ray is great

    by masteryoda007

    I bought this suckeron blu-ray and it is a great disc to add to the collection.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Maybe RR can call Danny Trejo to star as the Predator

    by westie

    They can save on make up. Wakka wakka wakka.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    well, shit

    by Vern

    If DOOMSDAY didn't exist this would've seemed exciting. But DOOMSDAY does exist. I don't know how he did it but with that one movie he erased all my positive feelings towards ever seeing one of his movies again. Such a horrible piece of worthless garbage that manages to take all the most enjoyable b-movie standbys and turns them into two hours of joyless, geography-free, life-sucking ugly, shaky, poorly edited embarrassment.<p> He used to be good a couple years ago though.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Great choice!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Dog Soldiers, which was awesome, was obviously very influenced by "Predator", so Marshall should work well with this material...

  • June 12, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST



    Was your comment meant for me?<p>I have two copies of 'The Descent' and gave another copy to my step-brother for his birthday (who proclaimed it as 'Mad Scary!')<p>I LOVE 'The Descent'.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST



    Spielberg made 'Hook'.<p>Don't be so quick to dismiss someone because of one movie.<p>I'm surprised you have so much hatred for 'Doomsday'. I thought it was fucking awesome.<p>That's kinda like dismissing Steven Segal because of his poorer efforts (and he's made WAY more mis-fires than Marshall).<p>You protest too much.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton Should Direct This

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    With Johnny Depp as the main Predator wearing black and white striped stockings.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Let's hope this movie is

    by WillFerret

    more Descent and less Doomsday

  • June 12, 2009, noon CST

    Seagal does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Gerbil boy you no-taste-loon i'd dismiss Steven Segal for every effort. He fights like an epileptic playing patty cake.<p> I haven't seen DOOMSDAY yet but if it's 'fucking awesome' as you say I might give it a go. However I do have to weight that against the other 99% of people who think it was shit.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    DOOMSDAY was oh so incredibly crappy.

    by uberman

    By far the worst movie I've seen in the past 5 years, bar none. No other film even comes close. Hell, I'd rather see the new Eddie Murphy comedy 100x before I sat through this shit festering sore again. Words cannot describe how crappy this movie was.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    What do these people expect? Seriously?

    by Zandunga

    What Hollywood never, ever seems to get right is that if you hire mediocre talent to direct, you get a mediocre movie (if you're lucky). And yet, these studio exec idiots get overpaid to choose directors who range from "barely competent" to "hack". They hire Tim Story to do Fantastic Four (twice!). Result: both movies suck and the franchise is dead. And so on: Brett Ratner, McG, Stephen Summers, Len Wiseman, etc. The list is long and absurd. <p> Haven't these people made the connection yet? They're business men first and foremost, and true talent rakes in the big bucks. You hire Chris Nolan, Peter Jackson, Cuaron, Greengrass, Raimi, etc. These are the guys with actual vision and storytelling skills. Then you'll get your golden franchise, your money, and everyone will be happy. Just stop hiring these lame directors that everyone knows are no good at all. Stop. If you don't have the money to pay for them, then nurture promising young talent instead of going back to the well of bad results. What's wrong with you??

  • June 12, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by mitortilla

    He's one of the most consistent directors out there!!! But he is always awesome!!!

  • June 12, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Senzafine

    ...was not that bad. Especially not bad enough to discredit THE DESCENT and DOG SOLDIERS. I would even go so far as to say I LIKE DOOMSDAY as a cheap thrills/fun to laugh at sort of movie. I'll agree though, this film needs to be closer to DOG SOLDIERS and THE DESCENT to be a success. But come on, who would be a better choice for a PREDATORS film right now? I don't really see one.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Fuck Yeah!

    by RobertBaron

    Now let him do an R picture and then give him a crack at T5 if they still want to go down that road.

  • June 12, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Asimov, now we talked about this last week in your therapy session didn't we?<p> Star Trek and JJ Abrams are your 'no thoughts'. You have to go to your happy place and just block them out.<p> If you do feel like you want to mention your 'no thoughts' then take a deep breath, count to 10 and think about Portugal winning the world cup. There, better now?

  • June 12, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    predator 1 & 2 Was the Best as its time

    by vandamnyc26

    No one can touch the Original Predator & Predator 2, they were the best action sci fi films of the decade...

  • June 12, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Carl Weathers is the Man

    by vandamnyc26

    Bring Him back as a drill Sargeant or a Major in the movie, love for him to have a cameo, or Jesse Ventura, that would be cool, why not Shane Black ?????? LOL

  • June 12, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    While i agree with most of your comments Doomsday, as maybe Marshall would, I've watched it twice and loved it both times. One half of the brain says he's just raping classics, while the other half loves that he's raping classics. It's a damn fine guilty pleasure and it seems that way for a lot of people here. But i don't wanna get too caught up in that film, when he's made two classics himself in Dog Soldiers and Descent, so say do you wanna lay money that his Predator will suck?

  • June 12, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST



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  • June 12, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

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  • June 12, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    That was the idea, wasn't it? I mean, it was a joke. I won't defend it as being *good*, but I found it funny.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    was utter shit.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Fucking Yes!

    by TedKordLives

    That's great goddamn news. Now I gotta read the TB. Doomsday was SUPPOSED to suck? Interesting theory.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Now I get it. The studio wanted to make a badly written, poorly acted, horribly designed, completely derivative movie that was supposed to be so excruciatinly awful that it stands out as the worst 'end of the world warrior' type movie ever made. I get that now. Thats what I was signing up to see-not a good or even mediocre film. A truly historically bad one. My bad.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    I must have missed the parts that were supposed to be funny.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Why not just go for the obvious tie-in?

    by Darth Busey

    Hold off production on this for one more year. Then, simply move whatever characters end up surviving in "The Expendables" to the Predator world, and let the fun begin. And also bring in Steven Seagal playing himself.

  • June 12, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    There is so much genre nerdstalgia now

    by Arteska

    that it's on the assembly line - furthering the reflex to attach anyone they can so stuff can get fastracked. You think they want some auteur arguing with them about their Mountain Dew tie-ins they set up before the script is done? Tell me we won't see Predator masks with dreads in the toy aisles when this comes out - - - you couldn't get farther away from what McTiernan's movie was by doing it but you can bet your ass they will.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Sam Neill to star.

    by TedKordLives

    Songs by Neil Diamond and Neil Young.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen DOOMSDAY yet...

    by Baryonyx

    ...but I bet it's far superior to SPY KIDS 3 and SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL (or was it LAVA BOY AND SHARK GIRL?) and

  • June 12, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    ...I bet DOOMSDAY is on par with ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, which was all over the place.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Finally, some cool news.

    by Ecto-1

    Okay, Doomsday was terrible, but Dog Soldiers and Descent are great.

  • June 12, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Dear Robert Rodriguez and Fox

    by ItsMe_ButWhoGivesAFuck

    Please go and sign up Director John McTiernan. He is the only man that can Direct this movie with his ballsy style and 'no shit' approach. Fans of sci-fi and action know this and quite frankly everyone that likes or loves the original film knows this! So say we all!

  • June 12, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Doomsday was brilliant... after about 7 or 12 beers

    by TylerDurden3395

    Any movie that rips off 14 movies at once (all of the Mad Maxes, all of the 28 Days movies, both of the Escape movies, any given Robin Hood movie, plus some more I probably forgot about) is okay by me...

  • June 12, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    on the positive side

    by Vern

    He had great monsters in The Descent. That could balance out Rodriguez's cheesy home made cgi tendencies. Here's hoping he can be good again, I definitely am a fan of The Descent.

  • June 12, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Dog Soldiers is favo movie of last 10 years

    by Mr.LordBronco

    I walked out of *The descent* Doomsday was hilarious and made all my nerd buddies happy, but it's not art.... Very interesting pick---And I think it's gonna be marshall's one shot at the big leagues... O.o very interesting -MLB

  • June 12, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    No-Once Upon a Time in Mexico, although shitty, is a golden turd compared to DOOMSDAY. Shark Boy/Lava Girl is far superior also. I would tell you to just watch it yourself, but I can't get myself to go so low. If your feeling tempted, call a freind, call for help. You don't have to see it. We've been there, and buddy, it's no place anyone should have to go again.

  • June 13, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I'm no longer tempted to see Doomsday. But, hopefully, it was a 'difficult third film' or something.

  • June 19, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    I gotta agree with BARYONYX - Upon a Time Mexico is by far the turdiest turd of the two. Doomsday's a mess, but it's great fanboy fun. <P>Mexico makes no sense, it discombobulates and meanders. Depp and Rourke are highlights. <P>Pity - i got so excited when i heard RR was doing his own Good, Bad & Ugly (greatest movie of all time;)