20th Century Fox likes to keep Robert Rodriguez busy. The director is currently wrapping up work on Machete which will be released in September, and Predators, which he produced, hit screens earlier this month.
Fox also wants Rodriguez to direct their Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds, and recently at Comic-Con he spoke about Fox’s intention to make a sequel to Predators.
“[The studio] said, ‘Let’s do some other ones. What other story ideas do you have?'” says the filmmaker. “Because it was like, let’s test out the market with this one. They really wanted it to be pretty contained, pretty scaled-back. They didn’t want to put too many of the ideas into it that we could save for a second one. So we could see what the appetite was, because the bigger movie would actually be what comes following that. That kind of sets up a new storyline, new location and world, and then you can really go crazy from there.”
Rodriguez says he has “an idea” of what he will do with the sequel. The next step, he says, is probably to have other writers come in and pitch different versions of his basic premise, along with new concepts.
Predators hasn’t exactly set the box office alight, but with a budget of around $40 million it didn’t need to. The film has taken $80 million worldwide which means any future takings from the box office and DVD/Blu-ray will make it profitable and justify a sequel (for Fox anyway).
Robert Rodriguez also spoke to MTV about Deadpool, which he may or may not direct depending on his schedule:
“They sent me a script to read, [but] I’ve been really swamped with this other stuff,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve not decided whether … anything I do would be after ‘Spy Kids’ — that gives some breathing room. So whether or not I would help develop or not is the question right now.”
And what did he think of the script? “It was really good,” Rodriguez enthused. “It wasn’t supposed to be sent out, it was one of those early drafts, they were probably like ‘Robert just finished ‘Predators,’ let’s see what he thinks at this early stage’ … I got an early sneak peek at it.”
Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been working on the screenplay so we can probably trust Rodriguez when he says it is “really good”. I think it would be cool if Rodriguez could direct it, but there are also people wanting a Sin City 2, so he will have to decide which movie he wants to make.