It’s been a while since we’ve had a Predator movie, with Predators being the last to grace our screens in 2010. However, new movie The Predator is now in the works and is set to come out in 2018. Details have already been spilling out about the film, with it apparently taking a wildly different approach from the previous films in the franchise.
A lot of details have come out about the film, although the majority of the plot is still under wraps. It will be written and directed by Shane Black, most known for writing action movies like the Lethal Weapon series (and who also played Hawkins in the original Predator).
In a recent Variety interview, FOX CEO Stacy Snider stated that the movie would be “unexpected and utterly fresh”, throwing out the slow pace and dense jungle setting of the original:
“I just imagined that it would take 500 hours to read the script – that it would be interior jungle, exterior more jungle and then fighting happens, but Emma [Watts] went out and recruited Shane Black. From the first page, it didn’t read like a Predator film… There’s a little boy and his dad at the centre of the action.”
The Predator boasts a huge ensemble cast, starring Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Trevante Rhodes (Westworld), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Sterling K. Brown (The People Vs. O.J. Simpson) and Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica).
Cast member Edward James Olmos revealed to sciencefiction.com that the movie will would be mostly comedic in tone, a huge departure from the relentless tension of the earlier films. He said:
“I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise…”
Olmos also revealed that the film would be set in a mental hospital, with the main cast playing traumatised army veterans who decide to take on the predator.
“The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”
The Predator looks to follow the popular trend of comedic action movies (Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool) and admittedly runs the risk of being a copycat of these kinds of films. However, it could also be the breath of fresh air this old franchise needs.