Trying to keep up with the massive amount of chatter around Predators is becoming quite a chore. And while the Austin-produced, Robert Rodriguez created, Nimrod Antal directed production is high on my list of things to do next week, I just don’t have time to write 35 articles about it today. Not when there are burgers to be grilled and fireworks to be exploded this weekend. So I’m bringing you everything I’ve got (at the moment) in one big, juicy Predators update.

Yakuza and The Set

Two new videos have emerged about the production, including another character featurette focused on the silent-but-deadly former Yakuza warrior Hanzo (played by Louis Ozawa Changchien), one of the dangerous human killers brought to the alien training planet to be hunted by Predators. You can learn a little bit about him (and see some new footage) in the video below:

Next is a video tour of the set at Troublemaker Studios here in Austin, where Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal show Cinemax around the hunting camp where the new tribe of Predators lives. Much of it is a bit corny (Joel Stein is about as milktoast as one could be in interviewing Rodriguez), but it gives you an idea of how intimate the shoot was and shows you a little bit of Troublemaker, which is never a bad thing. Check out the video below.

The Sequel Plans

As you saw in the second video above, director Nimrod Antal did mention that they were “trying to get part 2 made.” This is something that he and Rodriguez are beginning to talk about more and more as the release of the first film looms. At a press event this past week, FearNet picked up a few tidbits about what Rodriguez would like to see in the future of the Predator franchise. Along with the possibility of coming back for another film, he would love to work in a little cameo for Arnold Swarzenegger. But governator or not, he’s got some ideas. One centers around the title and sequencing for a third film, a story that I still find interesting:

“I didn’t reference any of the later pictures because when I originally wrote this those didn’t exist,” said the producer. “I was writing this always as a sequel. In fact, Predator 2 had come out, but they didn’t want to go that direction. They wanted to bring Arnold back. So when I wrote Predators it was to forget that even Predator 2 was made. I thought, ‘What Aliens is to Alien, that’s what Predators is to Predator. So I’ll just tie these two together, so all you’ll have to do is watch Predator and Predators, and you’ll have a little complete thing.’ So yeah, what would the third one be if there was a third one? It’d be Predator 3 I guess… Predators 2… No, I don’t know. Predators with a subtitle.”

The notion that Rodriguez completely disregarded Predators 2 is a welcome one to me, as it should be for most fans of the original movie. And assuming Predators hits well, I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t be able to get that “Predators with a subtitle” third film.

The Photo Gallery

Earlier today, 20th Century Fox released their final press kit for Predators. This included a final photo gallery for the film, which I’ve included below. It’s not the most impressive thing in the world with only 10 photos, but there are a few interesting new shots in there that are worth your clicks. See for yourself below.

Predators hits theaters on July 9.

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