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PREDATORS director choice isn't near cut and dried!

Hey folks, Harry here in Las Vegas at CINEVEGAS. Was enjoying the hell out of the fest. Last night's festival party moved Yoko and I over to the 70,000 square feet of Tits & Ass called SAPPHIRE'S where we partied with Black Dynamite and others from 11pm till Yoko & I left at approximately 4:50am last night. Now that was a venue for a film festival party! When I got back to the room last night I was in no state to post on AICN, but after sleep and the morning rounds, I came back to the room to see that Merrick had picked up the BLOODY DISGUSTING rumor about Neil Marshall. Well, I'm in real close contact with Robert Rodriguez on this project and I can tell you with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that Neil Marshall is one of about 7 names that Robert is looking at and meeting with right now. Neil wants this gig badly, but then so do the other folks. I contacted Robert about this story and his update was that he's looking at various works by the guys in the running, and he'll be seeing Neil's CENTURION very soon (lucky bastard) - but at this point - Neil and the other candidates are collectively holding their breaths to see who comes out the other end. Robert doesn't want the LIST of names out there at this point, but like so many rumors hitting the net at this juncture - it seems a lot of folks that hear something and leap to report before there is really anything solid. Neil's CLOSE TALKS are the same as all the others. He has met with Robert. Robert did like him. Robert is looking forward to seeing CENTURION. But he has similar feelings about the other candidates. Let's all just be patient and see how it pans out.

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  • June 12, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Neil Marshall would be a cool choice

    by BenBraddock


  • June 12, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty cool with Marshall.

    by Kubla_Khan

  • June 12, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Doomsday was fekkin' great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by SoylentMean

    I'm not sure why folks didn't seem to like it other than rampant stupidity and flouride in our water supply.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Dog Soldiers best werewolf movie of the oughts!

    by SoylentMean

    Or, this decade.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The Descent, or why I won't venture into caves...

    by SoylentMean

    that movie is scary, especially if you've ever been spelunking, or you just fell down a fuckin' hole in the dark all drunk and shit.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    70,000 feet of Tits & Ass

    by IndyCollector

    And that's just Harry. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Because we know these talkbacks affect Hollywood

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    Im putting my vote in for Marshall.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I'm curious who the other six names are

    by Kief_Ledger

    I'm going to throw Neill Blomkamp out as a possiblity, and Alexander Aja maybe. If McG is on there, I'll be pissed.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    When does this Centurion movie hit theaters?

    by SoylentMean

    I'd like to see that. Which is why I ask.

  • June 12, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Dogsoldiers x The Descent =

    by Cameron1

    half the first Predator movie already, Marshall is a perfect choice.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST


    by schlockthemonkey

    I would love to see him come back to the franchise.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Didn't McTiernan go insane or something?

    by SoylentMean

    Must have been all that awesome, messin' with his mind.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    what about MACHETE

    by animas

    is that movie done or what?

  • June 12, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    When did Robert Rodriguez get so much power?

    by SoylentMean

    Can he use that power to get his buddy, Quentin Tarantino, to finally fuckin' release Kill Bill:the Whole Bloody Affair so I can finally fuckin' see it? <P> If he could do that then I'd recognize his power. <P> But no matter what Robert Rodriguez will never be as powerful as my Japanese friend.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    If MCG is one of them....


    ...I'm gonna bitch slap someone. Maybe Harry. Maybe the old woman who lives over the street. Maybe even you.<p>And if Ratner's name crops up, I'm going fucking postal.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who isn't thrilled about Marshall getting the

    by brokentusk

    I really dug THE DESCENT, but it was pretty fucking cheesy in parts. Plus, he has DOOMSDAY on his resume. <p> I want someone bigger, with a great track record. Damn Harry, really wish you hadn't mentioned that list... I'd kill to know who's on it.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Robert Rodriguez got so much power as...


    (A) He wrote the screenplay.<p>(B) He has friends in important places. Hello Quentin!<p>(C) He brings in his movies on - or even under - budget. The suits love that kind of shit.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    ... getting the job.

    by brokentusk

    I wish it would tell you when you're going to be cut off in the subject line. I don't know HTML, but it can't be THAT hard to program that shit.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    I had a fun weekend there one night. The rest of the article - don't care.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Marshall's got my vote...


    ...The Descent (minus the bullshit Hollywood ending) was all kinds of bleak and Dog Soldiers was a good warm-up. Be nice to see him nail Centurion though 'cos if D-9's as good as I hope then I'm flip-flopping to Blomkamp in a heartbeat

  • June 12, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    "I had a fun weekend there one night"

    by SoylentMean

    That is some magical shit right there.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Two words

    by WillFerret

    Brett Rattner

  • June 12, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by schlockthemonkey

    Yeah, sometime in the 90s. Judging by his output. I must admit I didlike Medicine Man and some parts of last Action Hero were amusing but after Die Hard With a V it gets fuzzy. I think he still has it in him to deliver a few more classics.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    The Descent


    is the only movie I've seen of Marshall's. From what I remember it was decent.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • June 12, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Ratner and McG


    Not on the list. So far, everyone I know that's in discussions is someone that is pretty badass actually.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Orson Welles and Frank Capra are in talks

    by SoylentMean

    Hellboy is the middleman.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Imagine how awesome it would be...

    by SoylentMean

    if we had a genuine fanboy geek with Bill Gates' wonderful coffers. Then imagine this fanboy funding all of our wildest geeky movie dreams.<P> Then we'd have cool ass movies like Jurassic Park 4-7, Rampage:The Movie, MEG, the list goes on and on

  • June 12, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    schlockthemonkey, have you ever heard of Peter Gabriel?

    by SoylentMean

    I have to look over McTiernan's oeuvre, maybe there is a hint of madness there. So you say Medicine Man is good? I hope it's not the movie I'm thinking of, because that movie looked awful.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I'm betting David Slade is on the list.

    by brokentusk

    I'd go see that PREDATOR movie. Can't really think of anyone "badass" enough to take this on (who isn't already busy with another project). I'd love to say Ridley Scott, David Fincher or Danny Boyle... but that's a tad unrealistic.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    "leap to report before there is really anything solid."

    by digitalcos

    On the internet?! No way!

  • June 12, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Just don't show him DOOMSDAY.

    by MaxTheSilent

  • June 12, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Not knowing who else is on the list...

    by Senzafine

    I'd be quick to say Marshall is THE right choice to direct a PREDATOR film. I don't know which other director would fit the franchise like a glove the way Marshall does.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    For some reason I'm also sensing Roland Emmerich is on the list.

    by brokentusk

    Just thinking about possible choices that a. would want to make a PREDATOR film, b. are "badass" in some ways and c. would be available to shoot so soon.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    No matter who ROBERT RODRIGUEZ gets....

    by ABking

    Harry, no matter what guy directs PREDATORS, my guess is RR and whomever directs will NOT be able to rope in Schwarzenegger. If you think about it, Arnie passed on his bread and butter billion dollar franchise TERMINATOR SALVATION for only a cgi cameo. Not even voice work for christ sakes! RR might "know Arnold personally and he's the coolest person on the planet" with the governor, but if Arnie is only shooting a cameo for best friend and PLANET HOLLYWOOD partner SYLVESTER STALLONE on THE EXPENDABLES, it will take RR nailing down the greatest script this side of JAMES CAMERONS ALIENS to get the oak to meet with RR. It's probably best Arnie wait until he is out of office and forget bullshit cameos anyhow!

  • June 12, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Remember the days when Harry would have released that list of na

    by RobertBaron

    Anyway, Neil Marshall is an excellent choice for this project, the Aliens reboot or whatever or T5. <P> I can forgive him for Doomsday. The execution wasn't quite there, but his head was in the right place. Essentially, I would say Neil Marshall "gets it" when his name gets attached to a movie like Predators.

  • June 12, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    the list of names

    by RobertBaron

    goddamn this 1997 internet bullshit

  • June 12, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by DavidDunn

  • June 12, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Does the list MATTER?

    by ABking

    The script is what is IMPORTANT! Remember McG seemed capable guys! THE SCRIPT!!!! Start with a great friggin script, then nail a guy who will put vision on screen. Sadley, the list of VISIONARIES gets smaller each year. Directors nowadays let you down big time... but atleast we have CAMERON and SPIELBERG! Hey, too bad RR wouldn't go after old school master VERHOEVEN! oh well, we have the first PREDATOR movie...

  • June 12, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    News straight off the blowjob wire...

    by quantize

    Neil Marshal IS one of the names...repeat for 4 or 5 para's

  • June 12, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    no dialogue for arnie in T4?

    by Bouncy X

    well damn, i'm finally seeing it this weekend. back when they mentioned he had given his likeness for the CGI, they also said he recorded some dialogue. so either that was bullshit or they never used it or cut it.

  • June 12, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Re: Neil Marshall

    by ArmageddonProductions

    What I saw of DOG SOLDIERS was decent, and THE DESCENT was actually pretty damn harrowing, but whoever said DOOMSDAY was a great movie ... man. I'd have some clever remark along the lines of "Yeah, I loved DOOMSDAY back when they were calling it 'ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK' and 'THE ROAD WARRIOR'!", but then, I realized the movie I would actually be describing is 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS. For shame, Neil Marshall. For shame. Anyway, he'd be pretty good for PREDATORS, I suppose. So would del Toro, Kurt Wimmer (as long as he doesn't work on the script; we need more gunkata!), Rodriguez's old buddy P.J. Pesche (I like to pretend that LOST BOYS sequel didn't happen but that FROM DUSK TIL DAWN sequel did) or, hey, howsabout Rodriguez just direct it himself?!? He could knock it out in a week and shoot the goddamn thing off a Steadicam harness while writing the score on an old Gibson acoustic strapped to his back during the whole shoot.

  • June 12, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    Harry, can we at least get the list of names once the director is officially announced? Just so we can bitch about who SHOULD have got the job. :)

  • June 12, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Doomsday was shit

    by lex romero

    It was. People need to get over it. It was a crappy mish mash of stuff that has been done better before and the plot is all over the place. The action is tepid and poorly shot/edited. <br><br>People can bitch about McG all they want but at least he put together some fantastic action sequences in TS.

  • June 12, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Don't hate Doomsday.

    by darthsynn

    The film was big, loud, mindless entertainment done right. And how can you go wrong with Rhona Mitra?

  • June 12, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Oh, wait - so you know Robert Rodriguez?

    by deathwish6

    I didn't realise you were so close; what with you sucking his cock and all. Me and Rodriguez, sitting in a tree - sucking his penis etc, etc. Heh, I know MdG's Step-Brother's Dentist's Vet's newsagent's cousin's uncle's sister; but do you hear me braging?.....yes, yes you do; but that's not the point.

  • June 12, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    As long as Bay aint on list count me in

    by Phategod2

    IF He's on the list count me out.

  • June 12, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    How do you wrong with Rhona Mitra?

    by Phategod2


  • June 12, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Lets hope RODRIGUEZ doesn't become McG!

    by ABking

    I hope Rodriguez in a producer capacity can really get a great script. McG promised ALOT with a popular franchise. Hopefully this doesn't happen to Rodriguez...but with TERMINATOR, McG reminds me of a car salesman who seems to know his stuff and talks a great sale. McG the car salesman would say buy that car. It's the fastest, biggest, best vehicle you can own this year and it has great gas mileage. It's the shiniest and best built car ever. Then when the customer gets a feel on his or her brand new car, they see for themselves that he was full of it and that the product they thought they were getting was just hype. But hey, McG talked a great sale to his customer and lied about it to his bosses. I was really talking about McG's TERMINATOR SALVATION and it's audience as you can tell. From the start, fans hated the idea of McG helming, but the man started to talk up the movie and his ideas. He started to talk ALOT about Schwarzenegger this and Schwarzenegger that. He started to mention James Cameron and how he talks to him ALOT and got his advice. McG even had the balls to go after Michael Bay. I'm not a huge fan of Bay for reasons that he is a cocky filmmaker and he once ragged on Arnie and Sly. But if McG is going to compare his "c--k" to Bay's, he should have done his homework. McG started to get cocky in the last few weeks of SALVATIONS release. He must have been thinking Schwarzenegger's fans and the Terminator brand name will carry me all the way to the box-office. He must have thought the trailers for his T4 kicked ass (and they do) and will sell my T4 to HUGE box-office numbers. He told Bay he has a bigger c--k meaning his robots and his movie would be bigger than Bay's TRANSFORMERS 2. Well, Arnie didn't sell the movie or give approval until the last minute where his image didn't make the cut in any magazines. Arnie is featured on foreign tv spots and will help sell tickets overseas big time. The Terminator brand name didn't help much domestically either like McG was thinking. McG shouldn't have attacked Bay because Bay made a summer blockbuster with TRANSFORMERS 2. McG made a slick war movie for guys. In the end, T4 is a war movie and you can only sell a bleak sci-fi war movie so much. T4 is RAMBO meets STARSHIP TROOPERS. Like I said, it's a war movie for guys!!! Not to mention McG pissed the fans off with all his FAKE promises. People say McG is not to blame but that the writers are? Well, why didn't he fire them since he is....THE DIRECTOR! I have heard numerous stories in Hollywood over the years when a director comes on a film and fires the old team and gets new ones. McG knew what script he had so he could have changed it...demanded it...said we owe the fans the best Terminator film...said we are following in James Camerons footsteps. Instead, he sold T4 like Bill Paxton's car salesman in TRUE LIES sold Harry Tasker that vet. Shame on you McG, you might have killed the TERMINATOR franchise before you got your new trilogy off the ground! At this point, even if Arnold is offered a role in PREDATORS, I hope he says NO! Let him do a cameo in Stallone's THE EXPENDABLES instead. At least with that film, STALLONE is the director and we know he knows story and action!

  • June 12, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Who did RR jerk off

    by medicinaluser

    to get the reboot gig for Predator.<BR><BR>He is not exactly the sort of name one would want being in control of a project like this, am sure he must have another SpyKiddy movie in him he'd rather be doing.<BR><BR> I think a more heavyweight SciFi Director to Produce and maybe another to Direct would have been better.<BR><BR>This could be massive but RR's attachment puts in line with being no better than the last 2 Movies which by all accounts were shit.<BR><BR>I get the Neil Marshall love but to have to be going through RR is hardly fucking ideal.<BR><BR>Fox need to get 3 things right on this which is why it will most likely fail....Director/Producer/Star the original had Arnie so someone A-List for this reboot please.<BR><BR>I have a feeling we might if they go with NM get 1 of the 3 but thats about it.

  • June 12, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Just curious...

    by topfivevideo

    Ok so RR is producing this thing here... and he is picking the directors??? I'm sorry but I am just having a hard time understanding who RR is to decide what happens to the fate of the Predator??? I understand that when it comes to film making he has me beat... granted I bow done to your superior filmmaking mr. r. however, I think I have seen predator 1 and 2 and read enough of the comics to school yo ass on all things predator. I mean my mom is the best I know at making home made apple pie... that doesn't mean she should do the next Terminator (although she couldn't do any worse than McG... just sayin folks) I just want to know what RR thinks he is going to do with this movie that is going to fuck our eye sockets and have us begging for more. Because I am just not sure of his knowledge of the series or just sci-fi action in general. I mean he did ok with the green-screen shit in sin city.. and the mariachi films were pretty cool but Predator is a whole 'nother ballgame.. I quote the greatest mutherfucker in the world SLJ Now look, maybe your method of massage differs from mine, but, you know, touchin' his wife's feet, and stickin' your tongue in her Holiest of Holies, ain't the same fuckin' ballpark, it ain't the same league, it ain't even the same fuckin' sport." Mariachi aint even the same sport as Predator..

  • June 12, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Re: Rodriguez/PREDATORS

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Got some bad news for ya, sunshine, but part of the reason Fox is gonna go with Rodriguez's treatment (I don't believe there's really even a script, yet) and allow Troublemaker Studios to produce the proposed film is BECAUSE it's a money-saving move, not because they believe Rodriguez and company are gonna deliver Eighties'-style epic entertainment. Cast those thoughts aside. They know Rodriguez, and, by proxy, whoever is gonna direct the movie (which Rodriguez has more or less claimed he will be hands-on with), will deliver a solid, workman-like film for half or even less of the cost of, say, a WATCHMEN. Those of you hoping for McTiernan (or even Hopkins)-caliber action mayhem may as well start getting disappointed now. HOWEVER, I can say it will definitely be a watchable movie. That's more than I can say for about seventy percent of the shit sandwiches Hollywood is slinging at us anymore.

  • June 12, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Fuck this shit...

    by ABking

    For some reason, I just don't care anymore if Arnold makes a cameo or even a supporting role in PREDATORS, which he'll never fucking do. Lets get real, I have! Call it lack of Arnie coming back as Dutch as the lead (but he won't since he never cared enough for that character) with a great follow up story to the the '87' film; call it lack of a filmmaker the likes of the ones we all loved in the 80's. God, we need AVATAR right now to show hack filmmakers how it's only Jim Cameron can still do! I now expect something a little better than AVP with Rodriguez's PREDATORS, but it will still be a cgi fest and not the hard core action extravaganza of Schwarzenegger's 1987 PREDATOR. Sorry, my lack of faith has gone out the window and it's due to direction at this point. Fuck, I just don't want Arnie to make a cameo anymore! That says alot for ABking...right?!

  • June 12, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    James Cameron...

    by ufoclub1977

    Titanic (1997) True Lies (1994) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) The Abyss (1989) Aliens (1986) The Terminator (1984) Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) __________________ Maybe he could make a decent Predator movie, but he has never made a movie as original and to-this-day solid as "Die Hard" for my tastes. Yet.

  • June 12, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Don't give us the list

    by Vern

    Just give us the worst director on the list, that's who always gets it.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    JOHN WOO's Predators

    by zillabeast

    Rofl, this would be beyond epic.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Uwe Boll is the Director!

    by lokipan

  • June 12, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    ABKing, you're right, Arnold doesn't need to make a cameo

    by Verbage

    Because he makes a cameo in your dreams every night.

  • June 12, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    This one sounds like the one most destined for Crapdom. Every aspect of it, from the talent (ah-hmm) involved to the actual premise, this just sounds bad. PREDATOR was already done to perfection the first time-it needs no re-boot. Wanna know what project Rodriquez is actually tailor made to re-boot? VALLEY OF THE GWANGI. I wish he'd drop this one and pick up the right to GWANGI. Its got Mexico, Gypsies, Cowboys, Old Mexican locations, and, of course, my favorite Harrison monster of all time, GWANGI. Make it so...

  • June 12, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Thats you baby right there. It's perfect for you.

  • June 13, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Is Shane Black the director?

    by The Fear

  • June 13, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Get JOHN WOO to direct this!!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I mentioned him like a fanboy in the other talkback, might as well...

  • June 13, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Demon Dave is free...

    by Alonzo Mosely

  • June 13, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Rob Zombie!!!

    by The Fear

    No not Rob Zombie.

  • June 13, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    If this movie fails...

    by sonnyfern

    we may never see another Predator on the big screen again.

  • June 13, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by DanboJohnJ

    give it to Marshall

  • June 13, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST

    or Ridley Scott

    by DanboJohnJ

    That would fukking rule hard!

  • June 13, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    this wont even happen

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    anyone who thinks PREDATORS is going to even get past the rumor stages is hopelessly naive. Of course i WANT it to happen, but not with a talentless hack like Neil Marshall behind the camera... Doomsday? Dog Soldiers? Dont make me laugh. these are abortions best forgotten. <P> And for the record, The Decent sucked ASS! Turned into AvP during the last 30 minutes.

  • June 13, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    whats wrong w/ Rhona Mitra

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    is that she looks like Kate Beckinsale if she got stung in the face by bees and even less acting ability. <P> Seriously tho, Neil Marshall hasn't shot a single movie that didn't look like it was shot in a dark closet w/ a black sheet draped over the camera lens and lights. He has no sense of scope. Hope you like closeups of Predators and not one single daytime scene. AvP:R will look like the Wizard of Oz by comparison.

  • June 13, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Predators= set on alien planet

    by johnnylawless2

    = lots of CGI, which will cost a bomb, so the budget will be so high that they'll have to play it safe. Hello PG13, Nu-Metal,Burger King and a rapper headlining. Hope i'm wrong.

  • June 13, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    ONE NAME; JOHN MCTIERNAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by ItsMe_ButWhoGivesAFuck

    Why? Because he did such an excellent job with the original. Plus his track record with solid action on such great films as Die Hard and Hunt for Red October. He has none of this 'shaky cam', close up shit!! (I HATE 'zoomed in' action). His shooting style is perfect just like all good directors that can handle action, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, Guillermo Del Torro and Peter Jackson etc.... John McTiernan is in that list of great directors and he's available to do this...... I hope! Also he's the old skool type director and isn't keen on over CGIing his films.

  • June 13, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Not excited

    by DuckyChaos

    I can't put my finger on why exactly, but the prospect of another Predator film doesn't really excite me all that much. Maybe those AVP movies are to blame.

  • June 13, 2009, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Cameron, Scott would be great

    by DC Films

    I see Martin Campbell being on the list, maybe even Marc Forster.<P>Love to see Cameron... I wish!<P>Wonder why Ridley Scott's trying to aviod the Alien preqel... Does he fancy a shot at Predator?<P>John McTiernan get another shot. <P>James McTeigue seems to have dropped out of Conan...Maybe it was for this! <P>Wachowski Bros would be interesting.<P>Be surprised if JJ isn't on the list<P>RR mate Tarantino could be a surprise choice<P>To be honest though, i kinda know what to expect of a Predator movie from all these guys and many would be great, but i still want Neil Marshall - he'll direct the shit out Predator. After all i think Dog Soldeirs is the most surprisingly great classic of the last 10 years or more.

  • June 13, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Can we get an ignore button?

    by chuffsterUK

    I'm sick of trawling through these talkbacks,having to wade through the ABKing bullshit!

  • June 13, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Harry we know you know RR

    by bobbofatz

    Just ask your buddy to hire a kick ass director please please.

  • June 13, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Can we get an acronym interpreter?

    by darthsynn

    ABK? Yet another one I'll have to look up. Just type a complete sentence. It's not that difficult.

  • June 13, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Remember when McTiernan

    by JohnRyder

    returned to direct the third installment of a franchise where he directed the first one. I do. Lets hope history repeat itself

  • June 13, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Nimród Antal is available too

    by JohnRyder

    lets hope ARMORED opens some doors to my fellow countryman.

  • June 13, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez would probably like Doomsday..because

    by quantize

    ...Planet Terror was easily as bad.

  • June 13, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    shogun_gunslinger ...your taste is implanted in your sphincter

    by quantize

    really...if you cant see the skill in The Descent you dont have a fucking clue what makes well directed horror is. Dog Soliders is a pretty fucking solid effort for such a low to call Marshal a hack only demonstrates what an ignorant prick you are.

  • June 13, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Hey, Robert, I'll Direct It...

    by Buzz Maverik

    Here's my terms which you can finalize with my agent, Dan the Man of Dan's Vortex Tours, Sedona,AZ (for $20.00 you get to ride in Dan's customized former school bus to look at the vortex, plus one peyote button): all I'm ask as salary is a measly million bucks for directing. Naturally, I'll rewrite a draft of the script which will cost you another million. Then, I'll probably pass it off to some of my buddies to rewrite, before I rewrite it again myself for another million, then let the actors improvise through shooting. I also get a custom made Purdy shotgun and I NEED that right away. You also buy me a new H2 Hummer and it should be overflowing with Cuban cigars. I'll also require a full case of Herradura delivered to my trailer each day. I'll need casting approval and I won't work with Arnold or as I like to call him Destroyer of California. My nephew Jam Maverik will do the score (he got kicked out of an early version of White Zombie because Rob hated him). My friend Sleazy G. will be music supervisor. And my buddy Ali will either be editor or cinematographer, which ever he wants (because he actually GOT IN to film school and knows how to work the equipment). My friend Eriglione's Mom will do the craft services (best canoli west of Chicago). I like a lot of your films and want a lot of your regular players on this. I'll need phone numbers for Mickey Rourke, Cheech and Danny, Banderas, QT, Salma and Carla. I get final cut, too. And no one is allowed to look me in the eye.

  • June 13, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    James Cameron doesn't work for Robert Rodriguez...

    by ABking

    It would be the other way around. Plus Jim would never touch PREDATOR 3!

  • June 13, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Take a look

    by ABking

    Does this guy look like he would work on a 3rd sequel to a tarnished creature (ie) AVP & AVP2...

  • June 13, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    marshall would do well

    by TheExterminator

    rather him than some spaggy hack

  • June 13, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    People who don't like Doomsday...

    by foxthebloodied

    ... are people with no sense of humour. How can you hate a film where the villain has a pet gimp, for fuck's sake? Also, who says this needs a massive budget? The original didn't need extensive CGI to be a badass action flick, so neither will this. Men in suits and explosions aren't too pricy and it's not like the cast will contain anyone higher profile than Rose McGowen (and Sean Pertwee is Marshall does direct).

  • June 13, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    John McTiernan

    by Strider White

    Just get the master who made original Predator movie make this!! His name is John McTiernan...

  • June 13, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    McT is not the same!

    by ABking

    Rollerball proves McT lost something. No need to try to bring him back anyways, he's in jail. Todays visionaries are Cameron, Spielberg, Stallone, Jackson, Del Toro, Shyamalan and one or two more. But these guys would cum all over PREDATOR 3 before they'd touch it!

  • June 13, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Buzz Maverik

    by Xiphos_2

    You have excellent taste in shotguns.

  • June 13, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Doomsday was awesome x 1,000

    by Joker Gordon Levitt

    He rode around with his girlfriends severed head in his passenger seat! And they live roasted Sean Pertwee!

  • June 13, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Stallone & Shyamalan are visionaries...!

    by DC Films

    Did i miss something?<P>Stallone's having a great second wind as an action/drama director and Predator could do a lot worse, but 'Visionary'!<P> Shyamalan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If he's a visionary then he needs a new pair of glasses damn quick!

  • June 13, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    YES DC Films!

    by ABking

    Action wise, SLY STALLONE is setting himself up as one to be challenged. When THE EXPENDABLES does for action what his RAMBO did, then his action director resume will be going right up there to Cameron's. Then hopefully RAMBO 5 is next. Go watch RAMBO 4 again and see how Sly set the bar with the last 20 minutes. Fuck, Stallone didn't pussy out for a hard R Rambo, he made an NC-17 war flick and said fuck box-office, I want the real deal with the 4th film...and the film still did huge with 113 million worldwide. As for Shyamalan, he's not an effects visionary like Cameron or Spielberg, but his films (whether you like them or not) are one for the books. He's a storyteller plain and simple! Thats what PREDATORS needs...a story...a great script... and not just fucking cgi greenscreen shots every second. We don't need PREDATORS to have a Predator that runs around helping Sanal Lathan like AVP.

  • June 13, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    What abound skinned and dried?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Oh, shut-up!

  • June 13, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Out of curiosity

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Sandy Collora isn't on the list, is he? Because that's be fucking awesome! Or David Twohy, regardless of the clusterfuck that was "Chronicles of Riddick"...

  • June 13, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST



    Which Director? How about walter herzog? Rescue dawn,the ones with klaus kinski etc.Love to see him get his teeth into it.Or any hollywood movie.

  • June 13, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    Don't need to watch Rambo4 again, thanks. Decent movie that showed Sly understanding his genre.<P> He aint got nothing on Caameron - completely different kind of filmmaker, with far narrower ambitions. I'm sure Mr Stallone would be the first to agree. Wow, can't believe how serious you are about comparing the two!<P> As for shyamalan... Come on guys, someone else say how daft this is please!<P> Maybe Shyalalamananan can play the Predator with one of his egomaniacal cameos, like the one that ruined Signs for me.<P> HARRYSHAPPYHAMSTER... I'd pay money to see the madness that's a Werner Herzog predator. If he were alive can you imagine the hilarious tantrums of Kinski in the Predator outfit. Brilliant.

  • June 13, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Stallone, M. Night, Cameron...DC Films...

    by ABking

    Hey, as far as action filmmaking goes, thats how I'm comparing Sly and Jim. I never said Stallone was going to direct a 300 million budgeted sci-fi epic...or that Sly wants to. But as far as "action filmmaking", YES, Sly is up there with Cameron. Please give me a list of who you think are visionaries then. I named, CAMERON, SPIELBERG, STALLONE (as action filmmaking is concerned), DEL TORO, JACKSON, SHYAMALAN...there are a few more but I can't bother. You'll probably say Rami, Wachowski's, George Lucas.

  • June 13, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    I gotta concede that i would say Raimi and Wachowski in a definition of 'visionary' that means inspired, idiosyncratic, or plain ambitious.<P>Evil Dead was certainly inspired in the way it used visceral action (plank-cam) to generate fear, tension and adrenalin.<P>Wachowskis did much the same with their innovative 'bullet-time' (over used to death after the first movie)<P>Jackson (visionary as way back as Bad Taste)<P>Del Toro(everything he touches)<P>Cameron, along with Carpenter he turned the B-movie into the A-movie....could say the same for Lucas i guess, but he wasn't consistent<P>Spielberg, along with Williams, made Jaws (say no more)<P>Shyamalan made a decent movie in Sith Sense, and showed great potential to become a visionary with Unbreakable, but what the hell hapenned after that? It took Carpenter about a dozen movie before he started recycling bad idea and lost his spark. It took Shyamalan 2!!!<P>

  • June 13, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by DC Films

    Maybe you can tell me what makes Stallone the director a visionary please

  • June 13, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    is a visionary of stories concentrating on acting and emotional drama. He has no grasp of environments (no "verisimilitude") or action (at least displayed yet). But he sure could write good tunrinng points within the minds of the characters... but is that necessary for a "Predator" movie which is essentially schlocky b-movie sensibility on a macho budget? Could Shyamalan ever leave Philly to film in a jungle like the first movie (the only remarkable one).

  • June 13, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    ABK again?

    by darthsynn

    Will someone tell me what the fuck that stands for?

  • June 13, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by Verbage

    It means you're a moron. Read the talkback in its entirety and you will realize how profoundly dumb you are.

  • June 13, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Sparksy

    I think maybe some of us are overestimating the "prize gig" status of Predator 3. Not that it couldn't be good, but let's get real. It's Predator 3, and I doubt there's an A-list feeding frenzy about to happen.

  • June 13, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Hollywood should just put RR on a giant payroll.

    by beastie

    The guy knows how to make GIANT looking movies on a small ass budget. He could really produce great, cheap, and profitable films. Planet Terror didn't do so well, but I think it's because of the runtime. Spy Kids got so many sequels because it stayed profitable. If Neil Marshall does direct, it will probably be good, and most likely get great word of mouth, making it one for the geeks and one for the studio heads. He could do this with a number of studio would-be-blockbusters.

  • June 13, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    DC Films..Sly Stallone

    by ABking

    I forgot to mention CLINT EASTWOOD & J.J. ABRAMS as visonaries. For me, Stallone is quickly becoming an action visionary because of what he did with ROCKY BALBOA & RAMBO. That last scene in RAMBO proves Sly knows what to do with a budget of only 50 million. He made it look more epic than it should have been. I'm also basing Sly on the unreleased THE EXPENDABLES. I know that film will be so awesome for the action genre that I'm calling Sly out as a visionary. Hopefully, he continues to direct action films with RAMBO 5.

  • June 13, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Stallone? Might as well go with JOHN WOO

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    What makes a good Woo movie? Badass script, R-rating, and modern day setting with guns. <BR><BR> This may fit the bill.

  • June 13, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Why Buzz Maverik Is A Visionary!

    by Buzz Maverik

    I gotta have that beautiful British shooting iron and I'll never afford one without studio money! So I'll bring precision craftsmanship with super-charged execution ... just so i can get this gun! I'm a movie guy. Like Tarantino, I like movies, not films, although I probably would have been cooler with Oliver Stone about that, because Oliver Stone's films are often movies (just as Qts movies are often films). This is a movie. And what do we want? We want the first PREDATOR or as close as we can get because I won't work with Arnold. I will work with Mickey because he's a great actor and has never hurt anyone's home state, as far as I know. I'll also work with Mark, Will or Matthew or Clive. Hey, the Predator is going to be more powerful than the buffest muscle guy so all we need is someone athletic enough to do the job. Hey, can you dig Emile as a fresh out of Annapolis Second L.T. Seal. His men don't respect him, he doesn't respect himself, but the Predator knows a worthy opponent when he sees one in infra-red. So, my only question to you is when do I fly to England, because Purdys are custom made to fit the body of the shooter?

  • June 14, 2009, 4:07 a.m. CST

    You see AB...

    by DC Films

    Buzz Maverik knows what a visionary is.

  • June 14, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    DC...The names I listed fit that bill.

    by ABking

    The names I listed fit that bill plain and simple. Most every director stumbles here or there, no director is perfect, but the directors I called visionaries are the real deal. Let's see what AVATAR, M. Night's THE LAST AIRBENDER, EASTWOOD's MANDELA pic, TINTIN and The EXPENDABLES look like...

  • June 14, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by DeNiro4Prez

    The first Predator movie, which is a fucking classic, by the by, was basically a Rambo sequel with an alien substituting for a oriental baddie... yeah, Stallone would bring this franchise 'full circle'.

  • June 14, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Is Stallone a Visionary?

    by DeNiro4Prez

    Let's just say that he finds himself in the right place and the right time... the 80's are suddenly hip again, and he was, for better or worse, the face of 80's cinema. Of course, too, it didn't hurt any that he made two fucking classics back to back with Balboa and Rambo(4).

  • June 14, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Paul Anderson!

    by JMS Revolutions!

    I'm sure Harry will love it when Paul Anderson gets picked.

  • June 14, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    PREDATOR is a classic you can't touch

    by ABking

    Sorry, but Rodriguez can NEVER match 1987's PREDATOR. The directing was amazing by then god McT and Arnold was SO awesome and at his best. The oak was so believable and bad ass as DUTCH. Maybe RR can match PREDATOR 2 or the first AVP movie, but maybe PREDATORS should not be made. SPY KIDS 4 is more up RR alley!

  • June 14, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Robert Rod...

    by DeNiro4Prez

    Oh, I don't know, ABking, I always thought R.R. was vastly overrated, too... but then Sin City came out, and I thought, okay, so he does seem to have a good movie or two in him... and besides, so long as he is involved, I'm sure he'll deliver an R rated version, if nothing else... and furthermore, as of yet, there has not been even a mediocre Predator sequel, so what can possibly be the harm?

  • June 14, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Danny Boyle

    by DC Films

    Now there's a visionary...<P>He just turned down Bond23, so i doubt he'll do this (guess he's not into mainstream blockbusters. But how good would that be?<P>He'd do a good Alien prequel too, but he's been there with Sunshine.

  • June 14, 2009, noon CST

    Danny fucking Boyle? UGH!!

    by spud mcspud

    Because PREDATORS really needs some non-macho, metrosexual wankers in it like the Eccleston and McGregor characters in SHALLOW GRAVE, or Eccleston (again) in 28 DAYS LATER. Or maybe it needs yet more urban angst (as if Ken Loach didn't have that angle already handled)...<P> This movie needs to be BADASS. Boyle does navel-gazing feminised shite. McTiernan in his prime? Awesome. Blomkamp? Sounds great to me. Hell, I'd settle for Marcus Nispel - at least the film would LOOK awesome. (At least now CONAN will be that movie...)<P> Ah hell, just get the guys who made ROBOT JOX and ARENA to do it. At least it would be a labour of love. And after what Paul What Shit Anderson did to the AVPs, how much worse can this shit get?

  • June 14, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I give up!

    by ABking

    I was all for PREDATORS but now it just seems like a lame idea IMO. Having gotten two crap AVP movies...and no real director in the running (so to speak), I give up. McG for T4; Marc Nispel for Conan; Why the fuck couldn't it be a real filmmakers like Verhoeven Harry is telling us about for PREDATORS!?

  • June 14, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    ABKing I hear what your saying......

    by ItsMe_ButWhoGivesAFuck

    But..... For a long time I've been wanting a Predator 3 and in between that time something happened to film making that changed it forever.... CGI. Now when a studio announces it’s making the film that I've been wanting to see, I too feel reluctant. So let's face the fact that they are going ahead with it and as for me, I will argue to the hilt, things like, who should be the director and who should be in the lead role. John McTiernan should be first choice to direct this movie because we know for sure he can deliver. Rollerball was just the wrong movie at the wrong time, Predators however, is the right movie and it’s the right time, for him, to direct it. As for the jail term he was serving for tapping phones, it is now over, he's done his porridge, end of story. So he's available to do this and I'm sure he would jump at the chance to get back to something familiar. As for Arnold being in this... I would be happy if he would finish politics and come back to movies but… he aint and he’s a little too… over the hill for this gig. Bring in someone younger but keep the character in the same vein, military commando etc. Make the Predators home planet a world full of jungle but not too much the same as earth’s jungle. Take a leaf out of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto and have the Predator race be like the Mayans. In fact, people, could you see the similarities between the last act of Apocalypto and the original Predator? Finally just make it an edge of your seat chase movie where the human character gets captured, gets taken to the predator home world, he has to escape and free all the other humans or creatures then he gets chased (hunted) by Predators, everyone else dies and he has to hide on a spaceship and go back to earth. You get the ‘jist’ of it, right?

  • June 14, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    spud mcspud

    by DC Films

    Fair enough, it was a bad idea.<P>And AB, i'd see a Verhoeven Predator!

  • June 14, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by rgc123

    The possible directors for this film don't really excite. Again let the franchise die. It's time Hollywood got more original. AVP has already destroyed this fanbase and unless you get a top of the line director and writier you're gonna end up with more junk.

  • June 14, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    DC Films

    by spud mcspud

    Hey, fair enough - your Danny Boyle idea is still light years ahead of anything those Fox fucks would EVER conceive of.<P> And I absolutely LOVED the hell out of A LIFE LESS ORDINARY. A great, great movie, with very tiny flashes of pretentiousness, but which was, overall, a fantastically imaginative, light and fluffy love story. So I don't completely hate Boyle's stuff... but badass he ain't. We need McT back for this gig!

  • June 14, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by AnalFissure

    One guy pretending to be two guys pretending to be one guy who likes to imagine he's 'In The Know' about all things Arnold. Do us all a favor and go set yourself on fire, you utter fanboy cunt.

  • June 14, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    We've already seen the horror that can happen when you try and replace McT (Die Hard4.0 ), so i second that wish.

  • June 14, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    How 'bout Steve Norrington?

    by Vern

    As long as we're gambling on a guy whose most recent movie is a horribe misfire that puts any of their previous talent and sanity into question, I root for Norrington. I don't know what the fuck happened to go from BLADE to that Extraordinary Gentlemen bullshit, but I still maintain BLADE couldn't have been a fluke and that if he gets to make a movie again without a bunch of dipshit producers and studio people bending him every which way that he could probaly be great again. (only a hunch, though.)

  • June 14, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    But Vern, would you risk it?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Would you gamble a project as potential cool as this on a hunch that Norrington can perform?

  • June 14, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by DC Films

    There's a name it's good to here!<P>Agreed, Blade was no fluke - he directed Kristofeson pretty well. And having RR produce him would hopefully provide a good buffer from the suits. But his style is pretty flash, in a good way, and i'd rather see someone who more about guts'n machismo.<P>The love child of Norrington and Stallone would be perfect in my opinion<P>I still want Marshall for it (unless he's gonna make me be even happier by doing the Highlander remake instead;) Yeah i know, i'm probably the only one here that gives a shit about that remake!

  • June 14, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    RR won't get ARNOLD

    by ABking

    It takes Sly Stallone to get Arnie to work again, not even the oaks bread and butter Terminator films. Fuck PREDATORS with Arnie! Ig he comes back, it should be with TRUE LIES 2 or COMMANDO 2. Fox is rebooting Arnold's 1985 classic "Commando". Arnold and Alyssa Milano should return and update the story of older bad ass John Matrix in a kick ass sequel called COMMANDOS. Make it relevant like Sly did with 2008's RAMBO.

  • June 15, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Arnold was in 2004's Around the World in 80 Days

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Therefore, he can be in this movie.

  • June 15, 2009, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by martinlutherkrangjr

    i don't think i would say m night is a visionary at for being a master of emotional dramas or of directing actors i would say that is totally off base. i can't think of one great performance in any of his movies. the acting is actually pretty terrible in most of his movies. I would have to say that his strength lies in being able to block a nice shot and make things look pretty. thats about it.

  • June 15, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Outlaws Delejos

    by Vern

    No, not really, but I brought it up because I think Neil Marshall would be a gamble too. Flip a coin, you either get the guy who directed THE DESCENT or the guy who did DOOMSDAY. And it's not just that I don't like that movie, I think it's horribly directed, it looks ugly as shit and the action scenes are incomprehensible.<p> But I would love for him to make some more good ones. Or for Rodriguez to choose somebody we all think can deliver for sure.

  • June 15, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Hey Vern - DEATH MACHINE was also pretty cooll

    by spud mcspud

    When you consider DEATH MACHINE (which has some great concepts, and Brad Dourif in full-on Mad Bastard mode) was Steve Norrington's first notcieable movie, then followed up by the spectacular BLADE - I think LXG was just a clusterfuck compounded by Sean Connery thinking he knew what he was doing throwing his weight around on set (he hadn't read the GN, I don't think) and the studio backing the star instead of the director, like the craven cowardly fucks they really are. I don't hold LXG against Norrington - and isn't he being courted for THE CROW remake? Which, by the way: NO WINCOTT = NO SPUD IN SEAT!<P> In closing, Your Vern-ness, I second Steve Norrington. Or, should they be able to track the man down, Richard "Hardware" Stanley.

  • June 15, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    martinlutherkrangjr - Dead right

    by spud mcspud

    MNS's supposed "acting" direction is more or less telling the star to look shifty and embarrassed all the time, speak very quietly and slowly, and be able to swallow some of the most bone-headed, dumb-ass shit plot holes in the history of godawful movie Hell. Stuff like having aliens invade a planet that is covered 70% in stuff that will KILL THEM. Stuff like a Village that sits merely a few miles from a highway, but has been hidden from the modern world FOR DECADES by fear alone! THAT kind of spectacular stupidity. Having your star then act like they have no emotions, no voice and no acting ability doesn't exactly help the situation.<P> As over-rated directors go, that fucker is defintiely Numero Uno.

  • June 15, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST


    by Vern

    I kind of liked Norrington's THE LAST MINUTE too. Kind of pretentious but nice to see him doing something personal, and had some crazy shit in it. As for Richard Stanley, I think he's still in the rain forest disguised as a dogboy trying to spy on John Frankenheimer.

  • June 15, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Will look out for THE LAST MINUTE

    by spud mcspud

    I think Norrington has (or had, anyway) a very original style to his movies, which seems to have been ripped off by everybody (especially the UNDERWORLD films) since BLADE. The opening nightclub scene in BLADE is just untouchable - I think we'd be talking about that scene as one of the all-time great opening scenes of the 90s now if the Wachowskis hadn't released THE MATRIX a year later and blown everyone else out of the water. Regarding his style, I loved the smiley faced door locks in DEATH MACHINE - whenever the tension got too much with the Chaank death machine chasing the humans, you'd get a flash of that smiley and it would defuse the scene right where it needed to. Norrington is adroit at pacing, knows cool visuals, can stage brilliant fight sequences without resorting too much to flash-cutting (though he did over-indulge in BLADE) and understands giving characters enough room to breathe and develop. He'd do a fantastic PREDATOR 3, and I'd love to see his take on HIGHLANDER. I do think he's most suited to a THE CROW remake above both of those, though.<P> Will check out THE MINUTE, anyway. Cheers, Vern!

  • June 15, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    And Jason Isaacs too!!!

    by spud mcspud

    Sold. I'm DEFINITELY looking out for THE LAST MINUTE now.<P> And if PREDATORS has badass mercs in it, find a place for Jason Isaacs. I see him as maybe a dmeolitions expert - not brick shithouse built, but wiry and intelligent...

  • June 15, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    A second chance

    by DC Films

    Seems like Predator is the film we all want to give the filmmakers we think deserve a second chance:<P>Neil Marshall's chance after Doomsday (though the consensus is split on whether or not this was a bad film)<P>Norrington - thoroughly deserving of a second chance after the ambitious, but screwed LXG<P>Now there's Richard Stanley... Probably the director we'd all want most to get a second chance after the abortive Dr Morue. I was huge fan of Hardware and Dust Devil, mainly cos you could see talent that didn't need or want massive budgets and the suits that come with them. Maybe Werner Herzog could make a documentary about the search for Stanley - Kinda Heart of Darkness.<P>Any other second chancers for RR's list?

  • June 15, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Spud, Norrington would make a great Highlander

    by DC Films

  • June 15, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    DC Films - Richard Stanley

    by spud mcspud

    The behind-the-scenes movie I'd mot love to see would be a dramatisation of the making of Stanley's THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU. I'd cast Bale as Stanley, Cam Gigandet as Val Kilmer (tell me you don't see the resemblance!), Richard Stanley would actually get to make this movie, and in a fine meta-twist, Val Kilmer would play Brando.<P> The names would be changed to keep the lawyers caged up where they belong. And you'd watch it. Yes, you ALL would...

  • June 15, 2009, 5:24 a.m. CST

    About DOOMSDAY

    by spud mcspud

    I've yet to see it in its entirety, but I have seen it in bits and pieces. First impressions?<P> Well, I don't mind "homages" (or, in this case, wholesale theft) to other movies. But the only way they work is if you have some new ideas, some cool bad-ass dialogue, some memorable characters, and decent actors to make them happen.<P> DOOMSDAY doesn't have those.<P> The concept sounded like something Games Workshop would have made a solo boardgame out of in 1986 - very CHAINSAW WARRIOR (now THAT would make an awesome movie!). Rhona Mitra isn't charismatic enough to carry the movie - gorgeous, certainly, but NOT charismatic. Neither, for that matter, is Bob Hoskins (MONA LISA and LONG GOOD FRIDAY were a LOOOOOONG time ago), and we've seen the Malcolm McDowall schtick a gazillion times now. Sean Pertwee never changes, which means there's not a single interesting or memorable character. The set-up is boring, and the movie designer plainly just watched THE ROAD WARRIOR and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK a few times.<P> So far, so meh. Nothing to make this stand out from the crowd.<P> If you want to see a GREAT rip-off version of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, go and watch DISTRICT 13, and don't bitch about the subtitles. It's got the most innovative and inventive stunt and fight sequences I've seen since ONG BAK. Those French parkour runners are flat out insane. DISTRICT 13 pisses all over DOOMSDAY. End of...

  • June 15, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Spud, i'm there

    by DC Films

    Bale as Stanley - genius - he'll get an award for ranting.<P>Cam Gigandet is spit for Val, but how about Val as Val and Brando - the movie's gonna sweep the awards;)

  • June 15, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Doomsday is plainly...

    by DC Films

    not an award winner. It's the ultimate fanboy movie. Sure, the dialogue and performances are cheesy, hackneyed pale imitations of what Marshall obviously loves to watch.It definitely ain't in the same league as his previous films<P>But thing is that plenty of people here seem to be aware of the many problems, but still love watching it.<P>It is was it is, an insane fanboy wankfest.

  • June 15, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    The love for DOOMSDAY

    by spud mcspud

    I'm glad everyone else seems to love it, but it just didn't do it for me I'm afraid. Loved DOG SOLDIERS though, and have yet to watch THE DESCENT.

  • June 15, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Val as Val AND Brando! Genius!

    by spud mcspud

    Stanley would approve. Spud Movies greenlights this movie, and welcomes input.<P> This then frees up Sean Faris and Cam Gigandet to play Maverick and Iceman respectively in the imminent remake of TOP GUN, directed by Michael Bayhem. Keyboards everywhere are splooged into obsolescence as Amber Heard is announced as the new Charlie.<P> You'll never watch NEVER BACK DOWN again without hearing MIGHTY WINGS playing in your mind. Oh, and the curly-haired chubby kid with the camcorder in NBD should be Goose.

  • June 15, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Harry,ask Robert what's happening with Sin City 2 & 3

    by BDuncan

    As it looks like The Weinstein Company has either lost the rights and/or after a spate of flops, they can't come up with the funds (or possibly both reasons), can you ask Robert what the fuck is happening with the Sin City franchise. If it can get off the ground with another co-financer assisting,RR may as well film Sin City 2,3 & 4 back to back to cut costs, as he could do it 5 or 6 months (whereas 98% of other directors would take 3 times as long to direct 3 films back to back).

  • June 15, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Niel Marshaw is cool but..

    by HollywoodPlant

    Neill Blomkamp would be better? Can you imagine what his vision would bring to the Predators universe.

  • June 15, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Neill Blomkamp!

    by DC Films

    Never watched his stuff, but on the basis of the D9 trailer and Jackson's belief in him, then i'm right behind that idea<P>Be good to have a Predator movie on the way that i can't foresee.<P>While a Marshall, or Norrington would be great, but it's a great that i can predict respectively, whereas Neill Blomkamp... I have no idea what to expect, but I bet it'd be great!

  • June 15, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Decent: yes! Doomsday: no.

    by Cellar Door

    Saw Dog Soldiers a long time ago and remember it being a good but not revolutionary flick so this news has some good potential. I liked Descent but thought Doomsday was boring and pointlessly schizophrenic (neo-post-apocalyptic crazies AND mideival knights? wtfsauce?!?! chocolate milk and pizza folks...salt and sugar!<p>That said...I believe we're past the 'good til' date on the Predator (1st two) movies and that half of the muse for making them will be based on unrelated bullshit (the pyramids would be awesome dude! or exaggerated memories of the first 2 flicks (remember that alien skull! it was an alien skull so predators have fought aliens! imagine the possibilities!) and we'll get a mediocre "sequel" of some type.<p>Of course, Decent had some excellent atmosphere and genuine dread going on here and there...if we go with the Descent vein, I think it's VERY interesting. If we go with the Doomsday vein, I think it will be shit only slightly better than AvP. Mark me words me hardies! Mark me words!

  • June 15, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Del Toro's Predator or nothing!

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • June 15, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    B13's best moment: casino scene.

  • June 15, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    and I like my pizza with chocolate milk

    by just pillow talk

    THAT is what made Doomsday appealing. Just like the 'discovery' of the car in the tunnel. Its convenience was...incredible, to say the least.

  • June 15, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    D13 is great with subtitles AND English dubbing

    by spud mcspud

    Not only do the two have COMPLETELY different dialogue, they've given Cyril Raffaelli (bald cop dude) a ludicrous Cockney accent! Great stuff. Still easily the most breathtaking movie (action-wise) that I've seen since discovering that ONG-BAK was all done practically. D13 is just an action masterpiece.<P> Now THERE'S a thought: a Luc Besson produced PREDATORS. Predators vs Freerunners! EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEME!!!

  • June 15, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    jpt...I can see that...a little...but...

    by Cellar Door

    it's definitely more of a wtf?!?! moment and I don't think that's a good thing for Predators. If you bringing up that take to counter that I was knocking the director, no need...I'm not knocking the guy as I don't think you're only as good as the very last thing you've done (and I'm not even sure DD was the last thing he did!).<p>No, I'm not knocking the guy at all but I didn't really see DD as part of the neo-expliotation genre altho I can see how it could be pushed into that context to a vague extent (reason for me is lack of subtext). But I don't really care about the details if the film works...I don't think DD did but the director knows dread and knows atmosphere. Those are excellent qualities to bring to the Predator concept but they are not enough on their own to make a kick ass Predator/s movie I think...

  • June 15, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    oh, I don't think there would be that type of

    by just pillow talk

    moment in Predators. I think he's shown enough with Dog Soldiers and The Descent that he would get it with Predator. But that's even assuming he would get the gig to begin with.

  • June 15, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    and The Protector is far superior to Ong Bak

    by just pillow talk

    aka Tom yum goong. True, Ong Bak has THE FLAMING LEG KICK...a baby elephant is thrown in The Protector! Add to the fact that 97 legs and 88 arms were broken in one scene.

  • June 15, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Vern... McTiernan can deliver for sure.

    by ItsMe_ButWhoGivesAFuck

    John McTiernan should be first choice to direct this movie because we know for sure he can deliver. Rollerball was just the wrong movie at the wrong time, Predators however, is the right movie and it’s the right time, for him, to direct it. As for the jail term he was serving for tapping phones, it is now over, he's done his porridge, end of story. So he's available to do this and I'm sure he would jump at the chance to get back to something familiar. As for Arnold being in this... I would be happy if he would finish politics and come back to movies but… he aint and he’s a little too… over the hill for this gig. Bring in someone younger but keep the character in the same vein, military commando etc. Make the Predators home planet a world full of jungle but not too much the same as earth’s jungle. Take a leaf out of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto and have the Predator race be like the Mayans. In fact, people, could you see the similarities between the last act of Apocalypto and the original Predator? Finally just make it an edge of your seat chase movie where the human character gets captured, gets taken to the predator home world, he has to escape and free all the other humans or creatures then he gets chased (hunted) by Predators, everyone else dies and he has to hide on a spaceship and go back to earth. On the other hand I wouldn’t say no to Neill Blomkamp or Steven Norrington but only if the agreed not to change any of the original Predator's appearance like they did with that ‘bag of shit’ AVP.

  • June 15, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Only JOHN WOO can save us now...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Gather the posse...Cage, Slater, Chow,Leung...& prepare for liftoff.

  • June 15, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I'd prefer the movie to take place on modern day urf

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    If you take it to an alien world...aayyyyyyy dunno about that. It would take things out of their original when they took the Ninja Turtles into space....did you like THAT?? <BR><BR> Have the movie take place in a "real" setting, like WWII or something...or modern day forest.

  • June 15, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    C'mon guys, if Harry says it's badass....

    by Vesuvio

    ...that can only means he's talking about Stephen Sommers <p> Getting fired from GI Joe right after this baby gets announced? Hmm.. very convenient.

  • June 16, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Woo, I mean, who will they pick??

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    subliminal ftw.

  • June 16, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    "Hello PG13, Nu-Metal,Burger King and a rapper headlining."

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    lol, that made me laugh.<BR> But if it is set on an alien planet, that concerns me. <BR>I wouldn't want too many new alien characters may start reminding me of that singing sequence in Return of the Jedi with all those stupid aliens. Or the bar sequence from Star Wars with all these weird looking losers.<BR> Why can't we just have it on urf?

  • June 16, 2009, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Doomsday was crap. To be brutally honest... RR hasn't been on the best streak.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Call me silly but..


    ...why not Stephen Hopkins? Any problems with "Predator 2" weren't with the director. "Ghost & The Darkness", "Lost in Space"... the guy can do action and budgets. That is all.

  • June 16, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    My list of seven...


    Vincenzo Natali, Marco Brambilla, Tsui Hark, Stephen Hopkins, Eric Red, Takashi Miike, Alan Mak

  • June 17, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Eric Red!

    by DC Films

    There's a name from the past...<P>He wrote some fantastic 80's script, NEAR DARK and one of my all time favorite movies THE HITCHER...<P>But then he wrote HITCHER 2: I'VE BEEN WAITING !!!!! and the Hitcher remake that sucked even more than the sequel !!!<P>Can he direct?