To be honest, I had only heard of fan auteur director Sandy Collora once before today — through the rumblings that his film Batman: Dead End made at Comic-Con in 2003. Beyond that he was completely off my radar. But all of that might be about to change as the folks at io9 have posted a set of images from Collora’s upcoming feature film Hunter Prey. Along with the images, more of which can be seen by heading over to io9, they also caught up with Collora for an in-depth chat about the film. I have pulled a few quotes of interest below. Up first, Collora described the plot of Hunter Prey:
The film centers around a crew of special forces commandos who must recapture an alien prisoner that has escaped after the military transport ship carrying it crashes on a desolate and hostile planet. There are subtle political and environmental overtones that I certainly don’t hit anyone over the head with at all, but that will hopefully make you think about things like war, politics and current events, by presenting them in situations cinematically from a uniquely different perspective. That’s one of the great things about Science Fiction; You can tell the audience something in a very unique way by using the guise of a futuristic world or society that can reflect our own.
Next up, the director talks a bit about the awesome armored costumes seen in the image above. If they look familiar to you, that isn’t necessarily unintended. As well, he also does a little bit of name dropping:
I absolutely adore the purity and simplicity of the costumes in the original “Star Trek” series and films like “Logan’s Run” and the original Star Wars trilogy. The picture has a very old school, “Star Wars” look and feel to it. That’s actually one of the comments I’ve gotten from several people who I’ve shown the movie to, including Guillermo Del Toro, who liked it so much, he’s shepherding the film through the last stages of post production, giving me advice regarding the cut and contributing his thoughts about where and how the film and my career will be best served.
Ah, that Guillermo Del Toro, always looking to do a little shepherding with young genre directors. The last time that happened Del Toro helped bring The Orphanage, one of the best films of last year, over to the U.S. Hopefully his intuition is dead on about Hunter Prey as well.
Having read through the interview and looked at the pictures, I am drawn to the conclusion that this is a film in which sci-fi and genre fans should be very interested. It is clear that Sandy Collora is, at heart, just another major sci-fi geek who is taking that love and using it to create something that fans like himself might enjoy. As well, the armored suits and the nasty alien in the pictures all look pretty badass. I for one cannot wait to see more.
What do you think of the first images from Hunter Prey?