I can’t tell you how excited I am about seeing this reboot of the Predator franchise by Robert Rodriguez (producing), no small part due to the fact my good friend and former roommate in college is one the principal actors. A little while ago he stopped en route from Hawaii, where most of the film was shot, over to Austin, where Rodriquez is putting finishing touches with director Nimród Antal (a most unfortunate name considering my habit of dropping the “t” from his last name).

You see that asian fella with the close shorn hairdo? That’s Louis Ozawa Changchien, playing a Yazuka tough named Hanzo, and Louis joins a cast which includes the likes of Danny Trejo, Laurence Fishburne, and Adrien Brody. The trailer doesn’t give away much (and neither did Louis, damn him), but it does hint the film is going to be a bloody game of intergalactic cat and mouse in jungle and spaceship settings. I’m hoping the best for the movie and for Louis’ career afterward. Let’s just hope they don’t try to sneak in too many homage moments and muck things up as many remakes find themselves resorting to (I would let one Ah-nold nod slide). Because if you’re going to reboot a franchise, one shouldn’t make the film with the hopes of pleasing the old fans, but with the hopes of winning brand new ones who aren’t measuring it up to a memory.

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