Nimród Antal is in the middle of shooting Predators for 20th Century Fox and producer Robert Rodriguez, but the director recently took the time to do a phone interview promoting his third movie, Armored.

ComingSoon was able to ask about this weekend’s release and squeezed a few details about the Predator franchise relaunch due out July 2010.

Aside from the Hungarian name, the filmmaker has taken some flack for casting Oscar-winner Adrien Brody in the lead for the next in a series accustomed to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.Nimrod Antal been interviewed

Here’s what Antal had to say in his own defense.  “It was a challenge in finding a balance. I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, ‘What?’ but at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic.” He also makes a good point about the average soldier being wiry tough guys, not burly men like Arnold.

For the record, the rest of the cast includes Walton Goggins (”The Shield”), Alice Braga (I Am Legend), UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov, Louiz Ozawa (Gigantic), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (”The 4400″), Topher Grace (Venom in Spider-Man 3), and Danny Trejo.  In case you missed it, here’s a detailed breakdown of who they’ll be playing in the movie.

Antal was also asked if Arnold would be returning in any way.  “Time will tell. We’ll see, but we are trying to stay with the original as far as the monster and the atmosphere and the tone of the film, but we are trying to do something new and contemporary and feels fresh.” That’s a “probably not,” by the way.  At least it won’t be a repeat of the terrible Terminator Salvation cameo.

Meanwhile, KGNB News has word that the crew shot on location at Canyon Lake just outside of Austin, Texas (where Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios is based) for a portion of the Predator home world landscape.  The cast has already completed a month of filming in the jungles of Hawaii, but I suppose the script calls for rocky terrain in a dried-out gorge.  Brody, Trejo, and Braga were on set, according to the report.