2010 Preview: Predators

by Brandon Gray

January 31, 2010

Release Date: July 9
Studio: Fox
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror
Director: Nimród Antal
Writer: Robert Rodriguez, Michael Finch, Alex Litvak
Cast: Topher Grace, Adrian Brody, Danny Trejo, Laurence Fishburne, Alice Braga, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov, Walton Goggins, Louis Ozawa Changchien
Studio Description: Not Available
Trailer Link: Not Available

Analysis: Predators has targeted a high profile slot on the summer schedule despite a less-than-blockbuster history. The original Predator opened back in June 1987 and grossed $59.7 million, or the equivalent of around $115 million adjusted for ticket price inflation. In 1990, Predator 2 did about half the business, and then the franchise was resurrected in 2004 along with Alien in Alien Vs. Predator. That picture had a splashy $38.3 million debut but quickly fizzled, winding up with $80.3 million (or less than $100 million adjusted). Again, its sequel, Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem, did about half the business. There's a good reason that Aliens had top billing in the Vs. movies: it was a bigger franchise.

When Predators was announced, it was described as a reimagining by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), and his name was even part of the title for a while. What's more, the cast that includes Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Laurence Fishburne is higher profile than the Vs. movies. The name talent, though, is not likely to make a lick of difference. The movie's potential will rest on the premise, the execution and the marketing. Unfortunately, none of that is officially available as of this writing, but it will be an uphill battle for Predators to expand on the fan base. Rumor has it that the movie is set on an alien jungle world where the humans are placed and then hunted by Predators. If that's true, it sounds like more of a fan fantasia than something that will break-out beyond the franchise norm: thus far, the appeal has been in these mysterious aliens hunting on our world and not in revealing the mystery of these aliens. If the characters are strong enough to sustain a location transplant, then maybe Predators can give the franchise a jumpstart.

Similar Movies: Predator, Predator 2, Alien vs. Predator, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, Pitch Black, The Running Man

Related Charts: Sci-Fi Chase, Creature Feature, Series: Predator

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