- Cast: Alice Braga, Topher Grace, Adrien Brody, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Derek Mears, Brian Steele, Carey Jones, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov, Louis Ozawa Changchien
- Director: Nimród Antal
- Writers: Alex Litvak, Michael Finch, Jim Thomas, John Thomas
- Producers: Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez
- Executive Producer: Alex Young
- Castings: J.C. Cantu, Mary Vernieu
- D.O.P.: Gyula Pados
- Editor: Armen Minasian
- Makeup: Jake Garber
- Music: John Debney
- Production Designs: Caylah Eddleblute, Steve Joyner
A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, "Predators" was shot on location under Rodriguez's creative auspices at the filmmaker's Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal. The film stars Adrien Brody 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 cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Hawaii, USA; Texas, USA
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Troublemaker Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Production Schedule: 12 October 2009 - 18 December 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "I don't feel envious of Robert Rodriguez because as of right now he has a lot to prove with this project and so far hasn't demonstrated anything yet to give us faith in its justification. The concern right now isn't as high as it could be as this isn't a reboot but rather a sequel. After the two terrible "Alien vs. Predator" movies, something quality-wise akin to the half-decent Stephen Hopkins-directed "Predator 2" could actually be seen as a return to form.
Yet 1987's "Predator" has become a modern classic for a whole generation and set the bar high enough in its particular genre that it would take a lot to surmount it. That film had the advantage of director John McTiernan in his prime, a cast of future Governors, nearly all practical effects, a great score, strong but well-utilised gore, and one of the most effective and atmospheric jungle location shoots realised on screen.
So far some of the elements are being done right - it keeps the R-rating of the previous stand-alone films, it did quite a bit of location shooting (albeit Hawaii instead of Mexico), and its using the classic Stan Winston design and hopefully practical effects as much as possible. Rodriguez does like to go over the top with his tone and computer animation, I hope he reigns it in somewhat for this.
The casting of the likes of Adrien Brody and Topher Grace have caused a bit of a fanboy uproar, but it's too early to tell especially as we know only very little about their characters. Same with director Nimrod Antal who managed to make pedestrian horror and action films like "Vacancy" and "Armored" into more atmospheric and effective little films than they really deserved to be. I have hope but Fox needs to give us something soon to wipe away any doubts. A great trailer would help considerably in this case."