Nimród Antal, the director of this weekend’s heist thriller Armored, has also been tapped to direct the Robert-Rodriguez-produced franchise relaunch known simply as Predators, which will star Adrien Brody as the man charged with dealing with the dreaded alien hunters. Antal has some reassuring words for those fans who have been eagerly awaiting another good Predator film since the first Arnold Schwarzenegger hit.
“Let me tell you, I was so much of a fan that I stood in line when I was 14, and I had the poster on my wall. I was a huge fan,” Antal gushed about the original. “I think that the fans who may have been underwhelmed by the last two AVP films, I think they’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Robert hired me, so obviously I’m very grateful for him giving me a shot. He is involved in the screenplay and we’ve had a lot of conversations, and any big decisions I want to make, I always speak to him about, but he’s been very gracious and he’s been letting me do my thing. He’s really let me perform and he’s let me dance, so again, I’m grateful to him for that. I think we both recognize that the original film was as good as it was because of the practical, because it was a guy in a suit, because it was the jungle, so we stay true to that. We were in Hawaii for a month in the jungle, so there’s going to be some pretty impressive locations.”
Antal also talked about the reasoning behind casting a guy like Brody, not your typical action hero. “I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, ‘What?’ but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic. He plays a mercenary in the film and if you look at the guys in Iraq and Afghanistan today, they’re not ‘yolked-out’ Schwarzenegger-looking guys. They’re all very wiry and thin guys, and I think it’s going to play well.”
Check out this clip from Armored to get a sense of Antal’s style.