Robert Rodriquez On Predators: “It’s just crazy”
Robert Rodriquez was recently interviewed in the Los Angeles Times about his upcoming rebooted Predator film. Years ago, Mr. Rodriquez wrote a crazy script and at that time it was beyond the scope of the Hollywood machine.
“It was this crazy, intense off-world story and there was just no way it could be made. The technology wasn’t there yet.”
Well pilgrims, it’s a brave new world now. It’s the time of digital 3d and James Cameron’s “Avatar”. It’s time to make this crazy script. Seems that we might have a slight contradiction here as it is apparently being made on the cheap. Robert is known for speed filming and doing his own editing, camera work and even delightful baked goods for the cast and crew.
“They actually like that,” the 41-year-old San Antonio native said. “You’re making it less expensive then they could ever make it here. Its so much leaner. and they get a movie that they can sell as a big movie, they make money off of it, especially since it didn’t cost much at all. I get to keep it locked down creatively and, really, the studio is happy with that. It’s almost like they get protected from themselves. They know that when some things get taken through the machine they end up overspending and making the movie worse. The movie’s not allowed to breathe. That was the case with the ‘Predator’ movie. Just go make it down there in your system. We don’t know how you do it down there but somehow you make these movies very creatively and at a budget.”
So a film that couldn’t be made for, I’m assuming, effects reasons, can now be made “lean”. This is interesting. I do think that less money for effects means directors work harder and use props and sets that, in the end, make for a more realistic Sci-Fi experience. Robert will pull this off. I have faith. Via Latimes