SXSW attendees to get peek at 'Predators'

Robert Rodriguez, Nimrod Antal to show footage at festival

Hometown hero Robert Rodriguez ("Planet Terror") and director Nimrod Antal ("Armored") will treat SXSW film festival attendees in Austin next week to a sneak peek at footage from their upcoming actioner "Predators," the next chapter in the venerable franchise.

The event will take place March 12 at the Alamo Ritz Theatre during the kickoff of the 2010 fest.

The world premiere of Gela Babluani's "13" also has been added to the festival's feature lineup as part of the SX Fantastic midnight section of the program.

SXSW runs through March 20.

The first look at "Predators," which Fox has scheduled for a July release, will take place after the SXSW world premiere of Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass." Antal and Rodriguez, who shot some of the film at the latter's local Troublemaker Studios, will stick around to field questions from the audience after the screening.

SXSW has made the surprise-footage gambit a semi-regular part of the fest in recent years, with last-minute additions to the festival program including early looks at Universal's "Bruno," with a video intro from Sacha Baron Cohen; Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell," with a post-screening Q&A; and Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."

"My director Nimrod Antal and I are excited to bring this first look at 'Predators' to Austin's SXSW Film Festival, an event that's become vital to the filmmaking scene," said Rodrigez, who produced the film and wrote an early draft of the script. "Austin is my home, and I'm proud that 'Predators' was conceived and filmed here."

Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne and Danny Trejo star in "Predators," which follows a motley group of mercenaries and convicts after they're lured to an alien planet as prey in a vicious hunt. Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the screenplay.

Babluani's "13," a remake of the director's 2005 thriller "13 Tzameti," will bow at midnight March 13 at the Alamo South Lamar Theatre. Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Ben Gazzara and Alexander Skarsgard star.

SX Fantastic is programmed by Tim League, who founded the local Fantastic Fest. In its second year, SX Fantastic will feature five international genre films, including "13," in midnight screenings.
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