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Robert Rodriguez won't be involved with the new Predator reboot

Robert Rodriguez won't be involved with the new Predator reboot

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Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that he will not be involved with the new Predator reboot / sequel currently in the works. It was known that Rodriguez had planned to make a sequel to Predators back in 2010 following the film's release and relatively positive feedback, but due to a change of management at 20th Century Fox, the plans for a Predators sequel were washed away. Collider recently caught up with Robert at the 40th Annual Saturn Awards. During that time, Rodriguez had a few things to say about the new Predator reboot. Read on for excerpts...

Question: Earlier this week they announced a remake of Predator and then they announced that Shane Black and Fred Dekker and making it, but that it’s not a remake but a sequel of some sorts. Do you have any idea where they’re going with that?

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: I don’t. But if Shane’s involved it’s gonna be awesome.

Can you tell us, because Predators ended on such an interesting note where things seemed like they were about to go insane. Is that probably not happening at this point because they’re going in a new direction, or is there any chance we’ll see a follow up to Predators?

RODRIGUEZ: I dunno, when you do something like that. I had written the script originally, the assignment was always to write a sequel. In fact when I had originally written it, it was always for Arnold. It was way back. I mean, I wrote that before I did Desperado. And somebody there went through the old files and found my old script years and years later and said, ‘Hey! Would you like to make this?’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m shooting a movie now, but I would love to produce it.’ It wasn’t my series, but it was great to go. We got to design the creatures and you always want to build it in case they make another one. But I know the guy who was the chairman then [Tom Rothman] , left and the new guy came in [Jim Gianopulos] so it could always go either way. I think they have lots of options. But I’m a huge predator fan, I’d love to see. So long as they make another one, I just wanna see it.

In that film you introduced a sort of super race of Predators, with even more violent big ones. And I heard some people – and I didn’t agree with them – but for some people, that kind of devalues the previous predators we’ve seen. And when you are making sequels, obviously things have to get bigger and there is higher risk. How do you balance between reverence between what’s come before and needing to do something new?

RODRIGUEZ: That one was great. We got to have our cake and eat it to. We designed a new predator. But we wanted to make a replica of the original to have him. And that was the best, being on the set to see the original predator predator come out. Because Greg Nicotero had the original molds. And to see like, the original predator walking around, that’s like taking a time machine back. It was so cool. So we have to make him as badass as the new Super-Predator, as we called it. But yeah, we did it in probably less than a year. It was really fun, it was a really intense time working on a couple projects and it was really exciting. I love the whole, working in that world and getting to throw our hat in the ring for one of the movies.

What do you think of Fox's plans to discontinue the Predators sequel and focus on a reboot of the original series? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Thanks to Collider via AvPG for the news!

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Written by ChrisPublished on 2014-07-04 13:34:09

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5 Fan responses to Robert Rodriguez won't be involved with the new Predator reboot

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Elder PredatorMember4297 XPJul-04-2014 4:15 PM

A sequel would've been nice.

Marko Vickers

Young BloodMember0 XPJul-04-2014 8:52 PM

I LOVED Predaors and so wished thhere would be a sequal. Im sad :(


Jungle HunterMember839 XPJul-05-2014 10:24 AM

I don't think it would be bad idea at all for fox to still come up with a sequel for Predators,  one day. We can't have everything though. Haha nut I'm still pumped for this upcoming Predator movie!! I really hope that Shane and whoeevr else is involved still acknowledge Predator 2, and Predators

La Selva

Young BloodMember0 XPJul-06-2014 12:09 AM

This is the greatest news I've heard. For those of you who don't know, Shane Black was in the first Predator movie, and is the first guy to get 'hit' by The Jungle Hunter. I am so glad they are doing this. Its about time.

Alien DNA

Young BloodMember10 XPSep-22-2014 10:21 AM

maybe they can make up for not doing the Predators sequel by making Arnold the star of this next film, maybe they can stick Van Damme in it somewhere LOL (not as the predator though). How about the entire Expendables team while were at it, however none of the team would die so that wouldnt work out too well. Seriously though I'd like to see Arnold star in sequels to most of his previous roles, including this new Predator movie, I'm still waiting on King Conan too.

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