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Where should Shane Black’s Predator Sequel take place?

Predator 4 Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?So the question on everybody’s minds is where should Shane Black’s Predator film take place? Or even when should it take place? Past, present, or future? Well, let’s take a look at what we’ve had so far. The original Predator took place present day in the jungles of Central America and Predator 2 changed the locale significantly bringing the Predator to 1997 Los Angeles. It’s common knowledge that the Predator came to those places because of the heat and conflict. The recent 2010 Predators film played it safe and returned to the jungle setting, but this time on a planet a group of Super Predators used for hunting purposes. Alien vs Predator took place in Antarctica as a training ground for teenager Predators while AvP Requiem returned to a small city in Colorado. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the possible locations for Predator 4.

1. Predator Homeworld (Future)

Yes, we did see a glimpse of the Predator homeworld in AvP Requiem… well, the Wolf Predator’s homeplanet, at least. The planet was an extremely hot desert-like environment with rivers of lava flowing and you could make out ancient ruins in the background. This fits in well with the Predator mythos – that they prefer warmer climates. I’m not totally sold on this version of the homeworld. I’d still rather see a planet full of lush green jungles rather than a desert.

Predator Homeworld Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predator Homeworld in AvP Requiem

But how would a story featuring the Predator homeworld work in Shane’s Black’s Predator sequel and how could they work humans into the story? For starters, it would have to be far in the future where humans have developed space travel. I also doubt the Predator homeworld would be the location for the entire film. Why would humans be there in the first place?  Did the Predators bring them there like in Predators or did the humans crash on the planet accidentally? Or a military group deliberately knew it was the Predator homeplanet and went there to destroy them? Could be a great movie but very expensive. The problem for me, though is if 20th Century Fox go down the futuristic space route with Predator 4, why not just go the whole nine yards and make Aliens vs Predator 3 with Aliens, Predators and Marines all fighting it out on a distant planet? They’d never risk doing a big sci-fi film like this, unfortunately.

2. Distant Planet

We could always get a repeat of 2010’s Predators story where a group of people accidentally or deliberately land on some distant planet. We could improve Predators by: getting rid of the Super Predators; give the Predators more screen time; more indigenous creatures and make the planet look like a planet instead of a jungle on Earth. I’ve always been fascinated by the Predator’s trophy cabinet at the end of Predator 2 where they revealed the different creatures they fought including a T-Rex.

Predator Hunting T-Rex Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predator Hunting T-Rex

Dinosaurs did also feature in the crossover comic Tarzan vs Predator and showed a group of Predators hunting dinosaurs. 2010’s Predators was on the right path – there just wasn’t enough alien creatures there. As it doesn’t make sense to go back millions of years on Earth, what if there was a planet out there that did have dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other ferocious creatures roaming about? The film could be too much of a copy of what Rodriguez tried to do with Predators though and if we brought dinosaurs into the mix, the Predator wouldn’t be the star of his own movie.

3. Afghanistan (Present)

A popular location rumoured at the moment is Afghanistan, Iraq or another desert-like country in the middle-east. Writer Shane Salerno actually pitched a story to 20th Century Fox for AvP Requiem where a Predator ship crashed in Afghanistan and the film revolved around a special forces team. In Predator, it’s also revealed that Dutch’s team saw action in Afghanistan, with Poncho recalling the event with Dutch. The desert setting is completely fresh and unique but I have to be honest, I do find desert environments to be extremely boring. They’re just so void of any life and seeing a sandy desert on screen doesn’t quite have the same impact as seeing a lush jungle.

Afghanistan Desert Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predator in Afghanistan Desert?

4. Vietnam War (1955-1975)

The Vietnam War was a war fought in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos between South Vietnam, backed primarily by the United States, and communist state North Vietnam. Eventually, the United States lost for a multitude of reasons. The biggest one being that the US’s high-tech weaponry and tactics were no match for North Vietnam’s guerilla warfare campaign. They were very clever at ambushes and hiding in various underground tunnels and the US ended up killing the wrong people on numerous occasions. If you think about it, their tactics were quite similar to Predators’ behaviour. The Vietnam War is a common theme in all three Predator movies. In Predator, Dutch and Dillon served together in Vietnam during the Battle of Huế as did Mac and Blain. In Predator 2, Agent Keyes mentions that humans encountered a Predator in Cambodia, presumably during the War. In Predators, Noland also fought in the Vietnam War. There’s also some wonderful Buddhist architecture, temples and jungles in Cambodia. The tribal nature of the Predators would fit in quite nicely there.

Cambodia Vietnam War Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predators in Cambodia during the Vietnam War?

5. World War 2 (1938-1945)

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a Predator stalking Nazis in the streets of Berlin or Stalingrad. World War 2 took place all over the world from the deserts of North Africa to the islands of Okinawa, Japan. There are so many different locales to choose from here. Also, following on from above, in Predator 2 Agent Keyes mentions that a Predator was also seen in Iwo Jima, Japan. The island of Iwo Jima was the location of a major battle between Japan and the United States during World War 2. It lasted for five weeks and contained some of the most violent battles in the Pacific Theatre. I personally love everything about the World War 2 era and never seem to get bored about reading or watching something about it. As cool as it would be, I can’t see this happening. The World War 2 era has been done to death in both games and films and I don’t think it’s quite mainstream enough to attract sci-fi fans.

World War 2 Predator Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predator taking on Germans in World War 2?

6. Predators of the Caribbean – The Flintlock Pistol (1718)

Lest we not forget, the Elder Predator at the end of Predator 2 gave Harrigan an antique flintlock pistol with the engraving “Raphael Adolini 1715″. Predator writers Jim and John Thomas added this in as a possible sequel idea for Predator 3 where a group of survivors would have to fight a Predator without the use of modern weapons. The story of the Flintlock Pistol was picked up in the Dark Horse short story “Predator: 1718” where pirate captain Raphael Adolini dropped anchor on the coast of Guinea, Africa. Somebody stole a case of gold which was destined for a church. His crewmembers turned on him and a watching Predator helped Adolini and they fought side by side. Adolini is eventually shot in the back by a hidden crew member which the Predator kills. As he lays dying, Adolini gives the Predator the Flintlock Pistol as a show of gratitude. The short story takes place on the coast of Africa but it honestly could take place anywhere including the Caribbean. Sticking with the pirates theme for a second. Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 Predators script opened on a Spanish Galleon with a Predator battling pirates.

Predator on Pirate Ship Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predator Stalks Crewman on Pirate Ship?

This is one of my favourite ideas for a story. The groundwork for pirates is already there and the environment is completely different to anything we’ve seen before. Obviously, the whole film can’t spend the entire time on a ship so they’d have to come up with a good story for the pirates. On the downside, I can see this quickly becoming an expensive film to make.

7. Snowy City (Present)

This is the “play it safe” option for the makers of Predator 4 if they decide to keep the film present day on Earth. If they decide to go back down the city route, one option would be to make it during the winter. I know what you’re thinking. Why would a Predator come to a cold climate in the first place? Alien vs Predator provided a plausible explanation that the Predators there were training in Antarctica in a rite of passage. Visually, it’s quite a unique environment. The Predator comic, Predator: Cold War, takes place in snowy Siberia where Dutch’s brother takes on both the Russians and a group of Predators. There was also a script from Sam Park called Predator 3: The Deadlier of the Species and features a Predator hunting Dutch in New York during a blizzard.

Predator in Snow Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Predator in Snowy City?

8. The Return of Dutch (Present)

It wouldn’t be that far-fetched if the sequel was a direct continuation to the first Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning as Dutch Schaefer as a starring role instead of just a cameo appearance. Schwarzenegger recently did 2013’s Escape Plan and 2014’s Sabotage – both of them were R-Rated and fairly low budget. But what happened to Dutch Schaefer after the events in Predator? In the Predator 2 novelization, it was revealed that Agent Keyes spoke to Dutch in hospital as he was suffering from radiation poisoning. It goes on to say he escaped from hospital and never was seen again. That’s your non-canon explanation. It’s possible the story could involve an older, tired version of Dutch specifically tracking down another Predator with a team of soldiers in some remote part of the world.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Where should Shane Black's Predator Sequel take place?

Arnold Schwarzenegger to return as Dutch?

Conclusion

So where do we stand? With Robert Rodriguez out of the loop, it’s highly doubtful we’ll get any continuation of Royce and Isabelle’s story from Predators. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I also doubt they will bring back the Super Predators faction – if anything it will be a similar clan to the Predators we know and love. Personally, I’m leaning towards Cambodia during the Vietnam War. It has great scenery, fairly remote and Vietnam hasn’t really been done that much in films, not in any mainstream films anyway. I don’t think it’ll happen though. In the recent interview, Shane Black did imply it was a Predator sequel and not a prequel. I believe the film will be low-budget – all the Predator films have been under $50 million and they’re not the type of films to make hundreds of millions at the box office. On the positive side, I reckon it’ll definitely be R-Rated and we’ll most likely get some kind of appearance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. What about you? Where do you want Shane Black’s Predator sequel to take place?



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  1. RakaiThwei
    About Predators we don't know, but looking at equipment probably way after P2 (1997). About new film there is no official synopsis so we can not know.

    Agreed. We know nothing about the upcoming movie that is about to happen, and so far there is no word on whether or not Shane Black has begun writing the screenplay or if Fred Dekker has started on script revisions. So I would be suspicious about anyone making claims on when this movie is going to be set and other details, considering news released about it was over a month ago.
  2. WhatTheHellIsThat
    What about a Post-Apocalyptic Earth type of setting in the future?

    Or Post-Apocalyptic in space (on a space station, spacecraft, etc.) or another planet?



    about time. if not a sequel to predators then the idea of dutch and harrigan being captured sounds good. made to fight each other to the death but they escape and have to evade recapture and try to find away off the strange planet......
  3. overthere
    I don't feel like creating a new topic for this so I'll ask this here: What's that eye flash the Predator does in the original movie when he sees Mac? Does it serve and purpose except mocking him and showing how cool he is?
  4. Master
    Lol sory dude, I understand as afan this might sound cool but im just a casual.
    I like predator enough for him not to be in some typical setting thats ben done before or one that makes things so complicated that it justs makes you cringe altogether.
    Afghanistan or china has already been in a lot of movies alredy. Why make another 1 and ruin predator?

    And who said it must be Afghanistan?  First one was set in Val Verde (I know Predators said otherwise) which is made up country.  When you watch a film it's really hard to tell anything more then they are in jungle in South America.
  5. Yolk
    Lol sory dude, I understand as afan this might sound cool but im just a casual.
    I like predator enough for him not to be in some typical setting thats ben done before or one that makes things so complicated that it justs makes you cringe altogether.
    Afghanistan or china has already been in a lot of movies alredy. Why make another 1 and ruin predator?
  6. Master
    And I'd rather see followup to P2 events. You know, hi-tech special team hunting wounded Predator in modern middle-east/northern Africa dessert, first blood like scenario.
  7. happypred
    Just make South China Sea into a movie. It'd work. Onyx would be a perfect cameo role for Arnold. You'd really only need his voice.

    I'm not sure about keeping Maxim in the movie but he'd probably serve as some comic relief. The Nikolai arc would be a bit of a challenge to put on film.

    I would change Gustat's back story. Instead of his wife and kid being butchered by some random predator who crash lands near his cabin, I think it should be his comrades in a warzone who die and he's the sole survivor (perhaps by virtue of being unarmed or simply lucky or injured or something) 
  8. Spooky799kil
    The thing is do we need a story/plotline shown from far in the past? How about we just know they hunted in the past, from the scene in Predator 2 with pirate pistol. Do we really need a movie centering around this one scene? How about from narrative aspect we learn this information just by showing the pistol and we know now they hunted in the past, we don't need to be shown it or have entire movie around it.

    Since Predators already did distant planet, I really think it should be in Vietnam or Afghanistan. I want the Afghanistan location used so I won't have to bare that shitty plot line involving AVP in Afghanistan. I do not want that shit happening. So please use that location so we don't have that shit. As I said, do we really need to have a movie around the past? Here's a question for you. Is it really a story that needs to be told?
  9. SM
    Almost every one wants the humans to be parted from the sequel then there will be no speaking but groaning from yautjas and xenomorfs and we cant have a sequel were there is two movies with talking and another without but many people want it to be on predator home world so they can put predators survivors to land o their world with the next survivors being hunted by the new team of predators maybe passing their mature test and they get crushed in their home planet an maybe we would be a ble to see baby predators and women predators and elder predators and it will be awesome and they get haunted down by the tree predators passing their mature test thank and feel free to coment me or my coment

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  10. Master
    Cause original pred was bested by huge f**king guns  ::)

    Guys with guns pose more of a challenge than guys with swords...I think that goes without saying

    Give Dutch's team swords instead of guns and they go from "somewhat of a threat" (able to wound the predator) to "zero threat"

    However, if predator forgoes its iconic plasma caster almost completely, then hunting elite warriors in ancient or medieval times might be challenging

    Still that's not the point. Creature was killed cause it was careless and it's opponent was smart and lucky. What type of fighter he was earlier seems irrelevant.
  11. happypred
    Cause original pred was bested by huge f**king guns  ::)

    Guys with guns pose more of a challenge than guys with swords...I think that goes without saying

    Give Dutch's team swords instead of guns and they go from "somewhat of a threat" (able to wound the predator) to "zero threat"

    However, if predator forgoes its iconic plasma caster almost completely, then hunting elite warriors in ancient or medieval times might be challenging
  12. Nacho loury crespo
    I like the idea of dutch tracking down predators it sounds a bit predator hunter and will probably atract other predators because he has killed predators so the might think he is a great trophy and ofcourse dutch will beat him but lets be realistic why in the end the predator dies how about the next movie we make the predator live he escapes from  dutch
    Thankyou and feel free coment me or the coment
     

    Oh in my first comment i was talking about avp the i spoke for what predator 4 could be sorry for any missunderstandings  :-  :-
  13. acrediblesource
    I applaud the fanfilms for setting Predator in the past (ie, medievil times,) but I find it way too goofy if not out of it's element. I DON'T want to see Predators fighting pirates or Mohawks or ancient Egyptians or Iraqis. They've got no fire power in that timeline and no body would imagine besting a predator with a bow and arrow.
  14. Spoonman101
    Almost every one wants the humans to be parted from the sequel then there will be no speaking but groaning from yautjas and xenomorfs and we cant have a sequel were there is two movies with talking and another without but many people want it to be on predator home world so they can put predators survivors to land o their world with the next survivors being hunted by the new team of predators maybe passing their mature test and they get crushed in their home planet an maybe we would be a ble to see baby predators and women predators and elder predators and it will be awesome and they get haunted down by the tree predators passing their mature test thank and feel free to coment me or my coment

    I comend you on your coment Sir/Madam. You are the first person to bring something sensible to this discussion.


    It's funny because it didn't make sense yet it was the most sensible....
  15. The Eighth Passenger
    Almost every one wants the humans to be parted from the sequel then there will be no speaking but groaning from yautjas and xenomorfs and we cant have a sequel were there is two movies with talking and another without but many people want it to be on predator home world so they can put predators survivors to land o their world with the next survivors being hunted by the new team of predators maybe passing their mature test and they get crushed in their home planet an maybe we would be a ble to see baby predators and women predators and elder predators and it will be awesome and they get haunted down by the tree predators passing their mature test thank and feel free to coment me or my coment

    I comend you on your coment Sir/Madam. You are the first person to bring something sensible to this discussion.
  16. Nacho loury crespo
    Almost every one wants the humans to be parted from the sequel then there will be no speaking but groaning from yautjas and xenomorfs and we cant have a sequel were there is two movies with talking and another without but many people want it to be on predator home world so they can put predators survivors to land o their world with the next survivors being hunted by the new team of predators maybe passing their mature test and they get crushed in their home planet an maybe we would be a ble to see baby predators and women predators and elder predators and it will be awesome and they get haunted down by the tree predators passing their mature test thank and feel free to coment me or my coment
  17. blood.
    I was thinkig about this and came up with a random idea.

    How about it's set on another planet in the future. Humans find an inhabitable planet and set down to explore. This could be a hybrid desert-forest environment with clusters of foreign vegetation separated by rocky dune like terrain, maybe even volcanic. Everything is going smoothly until the predator starts mind****ing them, toying with them, stringing them up without actually killing them, cutting marks into them etc They panic and load up with weapons to defend themselves.. creating worthy prey for the predator.
  18. Dargoldod
      I say the jungle. More specifically an alien "game preserve". Perhaps humans in the future discover a planet teaming with all kinds of various life forms. They set up stations to study this spectacular find and come to notice the the creatures all stay in particular locations due to some odd "towers" scattered about the landscape.
      I'd think the producers would want to avoid just the same film again (Predator hunts, kills humans - one human fights back, wins - rinse - repeat), so I'd hope they'd act on something concerning the Predator's culture. Perhaps the humans find slaughtered animals and can't figure out what's killing them. We come to find out that there are Predator "poachers" at work and are later confronted by the Predator version of "game wardens". Conflict ensues and humans are caught in the middle, trying to escape... Just a thought.
  19. Spoonman101
    The other problem with Spoonman's argument there is that the Predator's clearly must have MADE the highly advanced piece of technology that is their mask, so clearly, they've over come the limitations of seeing in the infrared spectrum... Just as we have seeing only in the "visible light" spectrum. I think this is honestly our own bias talking, we're actually a fairly blind species when you look at the entire spectrum of light that is available.

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    Thanks for the source Maw! This is very interesting!
    However I remember a theory on Predators stealing technology as opposed to making them. Unless we actually see them engineering materials it is really open to debate. Another thing is that they decorate based on shape as opposed to color.
    And their sense of style, bleh!
    Fishnets?
    When was that ever in?
    1980-never?!
  20. OpenMaw
    The other problem with Spoonman's argument there is that the Predator's clearly must have MADE the highly advanced piece of technology that is their mask, so clearly, they've over come the limitations of seeing in the infrared spectrum... Just as we have seeing only in the "visible light" spectrum. I think this is honestly our own bias talking, we're actually a fairly blind species when you look at the entire spectrum of light that is available.

    http://9-4fordham.wikispaces.com/file/view/em_spectrum.jpg/244287321/em_spectrum.jpg
  21. Spoonman101
    That was precisely it SiL, that is why it was debatable. Other than that, even if a Predator was used to his vision doesn't mean that it uses it to identify things. Sight is the Predator's inferior sense, no debate there. Even if it has adapted to using it, there is nothing it can do with it hence why the helmets.
    Except the movies clearly show the Predators have no problem singling out individuals, so all of this is pointless.
    I always thought that the predator singled individuals out based on sound up until he got close enough to distinguish the person's shape..
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