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PREDATORS

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Robert Rodriguez presents a bold new chapter in the Predator universe, PREDATORS, shot on location under Rodriguez's creative auspices at the filmmaker's Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, directed by Nimrod Antal. The film stars Oscar®-winner Adrien Brody ("The Pianist”) as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all coldblooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

In addition to Brody, PREDATORS stars award-winning actor and filmmaker Laurence Fishburne ("The Matrix” movies), Topher Grace ("Spider-Man 3”), Alice Braga ("I Am Legend”) and Walton Goggins ("The Shield”). Also taking on key roles are Rodriguez stalwart Danny Trejo, who recently completed a starring role in Rodriguez's upcoming "Machete,” plus UFC champion Oleg Taktarov ("National Treasure”), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), and Louis Ozawa Changchien ("Fair Game”).

In 1987, "Predator” introduced one of the most enduring and popular characters in sci-fi film history – an invisibility-cloaked extra-terrestrial warrior who wreaked havoc in the jungle. Audiences embraced the film's rich mythology and a sequel followed a few years later. Looking to refresh the "Predator” world in 1994, Twentieth Century Fox invited Robert Rodriguez, a maverick young filmmaker fresh from his stunning directorial debut "El Mariachi,” to write a script revolving around the beloved and feared Predator character.

"I was originally hired only as a writer,” Rodriguez explains. "They were looking for a fresh approach to the material, so I jumped at the chance. I was a big fan of ‘Predator.' When I first came to Hollywood, I met Carl Weathers and Arnold Schwarzenegger, so I thought a new ‘Predator' film would be a fun project to take on.

"What I really loved about the original movie was that it was a hybrid film; it started off as a traditional commando-type Arnold Schwarzenegger action film, where you fall in love with the characters and follow them on this journey. Then it starts turning into a science fiction, alien-type picture. I love doing those kind of mash-ups myself… movies like ‘From Dusk Till Dawn.' I love mixing of genres.

"[For the new screenplay], I knew I wanted to write something set off-world. I loved the atmosphere of the jungle in the original, so by setting my story on another planet I could get back to a similar environment and still make it feel new. It would also show why the Predator was attracted to Earth's jungle [as depicted in the original film], because their hunting planet had similar terrain.”

"The script that Robert wrote in 1994 had the location, quite a bit of the plot [what became PREDATORS], and the seed ideas of who the characters are,” comments PREDATORS producer Elizabeth Avellán. "Robert just never thought anything more of it. They paid him for it and it was a fun writing exercise. Due to our slate of projects, there wasn't really a moment at which Robert could have [directed] it. At the same time, I think deep in his heart, he wanted to see those characters that he had put down on paper, up on screen.”

"They gave me free rein in writing that film,” Rodriguez interjects. "I just came up with any cool idea that I would ever want to see in a Predator movie and shoved it all into one script. I knew I didn't have to direct it, so I didn't consider budget restraints or logistics of any kind. I was going to leave it up to them to figure out. Then of course, years later it comes back to haunt me. With PREDATORS, I had to go figure out how to make it,” he adds with a laugh.

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