Well, they promised us big news on Wednesday, and lo and behold, here it is. SXSW has just announced that Robert Rodriguez' reboot of the Predator franchise, entitled Predators, will screen footage as part of a special "First Look" event at the film festival next week. Directed by Nimród Antal (director of last year's Armored) and conceived and filmed at Rodriguez' own Troublemaker Studios in Austin, the film stars Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, and Laurence Fishburne. Co-stars are Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov and Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, who has one of the longest first names I've seen in my life.
The film follows Brody as Royce, "a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've beenbrought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators." Translation: there's going to be a lot of killing in this movie.
Also, the super secret screening that was teased as part of SXSW & Fantastic Fest has been revealed: it will be Géla Babluani's 13, a remake of his own film Tzameti, which won the World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance in 2006. This version is in color, stars Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Ben Gazzara, and Alexander Skarsgard, and is about a man who unwittingly becomes involved in a degenerate, clandestine world of mental chaos behind closed doors. Sort of like The Game, with a lot more bloodshed and Russian roulette. SXSW already has a fantastic lineup of films this year, so these announcements are like putting a second layer of icing on a mouth-watering cake.