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The Predator to be an “Event” Film

The Predator is to be an “event” film according to Shane Black. Speaking to Matt Patches at Thrillist about The Nice Guys, Shane Black has talked a little about The Predator. He talks about what attracted him to the project and his expectations of The Predator:

“They called me and I was reluctant. I said, “Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these AVP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of an event.” They’re just sort of another Predator. “Oh, there’s another one that came out.” They said, “What if we said to you we want to reinvent this, and really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the Alien prequel, which is coming out also? We really want to make this something. The kind of movie that people line up for.” I said, “Really, you’ll spend a bunch of money?” They go, “Yep.” I go, “Make it really scale, spectacle?” “Yep.” “Shit, that sounds interesting.”

The Predator to be an "event" film according to Shane Black. The Predator to be an

The Predator to be an “event” film according to Shane Black.

The preceding film, Predators, was a notoriously cheap film that was put together very quickly. From the sounds of it 20th Century Fox are upping the ante with The Predator and want something with a much grander scale.

The Thrillist also asked Shane Black about the recent news that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be talking to the director/writer about appearing in The Predator, stating that his role in the film was “still in talks.”



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  1. HuDaFuK
    I actually missed Maggie, mostly because I didn't hear anything about it after release, which is usually a worse sign than simply hearing a film's bad. Not sure if it was even in cinemas in the UK.
  2. SiL
    No love for his role in Maggie? I thought he did that really, really well.

    The film itself was underwhelming as balls, but Arnie himself was good. Sabotage was pretty hit-and-miss but that kind of happens when you're filming sixty million endings.
  3. HuDaFuK
    I wouldn't go that far. He was really good in Escape Plan and I liked him in Sabotage.

    His performance in The Last Stand wasn't so great though, but it's still probably the best of his comeback movies.
  4. HuDaFuK
    Fair point. I just don't think his being in a starring role in anyway guarantees the movie's success. He's starred in plenty of movies lately, and none of them have been all that successful.
  5. uglymfstuntdude
    Ok look im not a writing guru, but I didnt finish my idea because I was at work.

    How about cyborg Dutch from the avp arcade game "lets party"?!!!

    The year is 2116 or a decade before uscm face xenos and preds (its the future). Dutch and any human in this time WHO DEFEATED A PREDATOR ON CLASSIFIED RECORD are long dead.

    But the CIA kept their DNA for cloning.

    a band of predators have abducted the president of the United States and left a beacon for elite soldiers to rescue him...also humans think the preds want us all dead because there is a heat signature in the center of the earth...which is really a hive setup by preds for the sequel avp war with machicko :D


    or preds have ambushed all archives of pred tech and classified files to level the hunting field

    idk idea kinda died add to or come up with something new but keep dutch in the pic....yes it will be terminator 4/5/6 arnie is always the terminator
  6. overthere
    Nothing wrong with Dutch being some sort of military advisor or just sharing his experience to new forces who are fighting the Predator. It's not like he'll fight again. After having his whole team killed, I'm sure he holds some sort of grudge towards any new Predator doing the same to other people.
  7. The Alien Predator
    Bringing Dutch back is a surefire way to torpedo the memory of that character. There is absolutely no need.

    At the end of the day he was a talented and crafty ex-Special Forces solider. He wasn't some martial arts expert super-human mutant who aliens want to abduct to do experiments on and clone. He just outsmarted a Predator and killed it during a very short encounter.

    Let's not make a Terminator 3/4/5 out of The Predator.

    Pretty much this, at the end of the day, Arnie's only human. And because he beat a Predator, it didn't just boost his badass status, it boosted humanity's badass status.

    If just one can outsmart them... there could be more of us who can, and there were e.g. Harrigan, Royce.

    So like the novelization of Predator 2 made clear, it makes more sense for them to hunt other humans to seek out more of us who are cunning like Dutch, Harrigan and Royce.
  8. irn
    Bringing Dutch back is a surefire way to torpedo the memory of that character. There is absolutely no need.

    At the end of the day he was a talented and crafty ex-Special Forces solider. He wasn't some martial arts expert super-human mutant who aliens want to abduct to do experiments on and clone. He just outsmarted a Predator and killed it during a very short encounter.

    Let's not make a Terminator 3/4/5 out of The Predator.
  9. PRJ_since1990
    No unnecessary gore scenes. Predator, as said before, works best as an action and scifi flick, with a slight bit of horror (namely blood and some gore).

    Regardless of story, we're all going to go watch it. It's been a while since a Predator movie has been in theaters.
  10. walker31
    Why though?
    I remember in the novel it spoke about how the Predator was really curious about humans.  That's why he watches them and mimics their words and speech.  I think it would be interesting if Predators came after Dutch shortly after that to study him and learn.  Maybe putting him in fight arenas early on to see what his limits were.  Now that he's past his prime, what if he was being cloned in an alien facility and he convinces his clone to help him escape to earth.  It could show old Arnold, with many battle scars and long white dreads and a beard working with a younger actor who looks like him.  Or, maybe that could be a back story for when the new colonial marines find an abandoned space craft in space with old Arnold and his clone. 

    My second wishlist would be for Arnold to play an old general about to retire and being escorted by a platoon, who encounter a few Predators.
  11. walker31
    Or, the Predators came back and captured Dutch and they have done experiments and cloning on him.  That way we could utilize old Arnold and a younger actor to play his clone, and they have to escape the Predators homeworld or ship.
  12. Umfdude
    How about cyborg Dutch from the avp arcade game "lets party"?!!!

    The year is 2116 or a decade before uscm face xenos and preds (its the future). Dutch and any human in this time are long dead.

    But the CIA kept their DNA for cloning. Predators have ambushed
  13. overthere
    I actually agree with this, but that doesn't mean Dutch can't still be involved. What if whoever he's advising actually captures a Predator? What if he's actually there giving them helpful info wherever they take it to? That could make him a legit target.

    I always thought about that scene with a twist where the Predator kills everyone in the facility he was captured in, but specifically leaves Dutch alive because he recognizes him.
  14. whiterabbit
    I was actually thinking purely random coincidence that Dutch just happens to be the President when The Predator decides to go bag himself a president. Hunting a world leader would be a challenge even if the leader isn't the primary challenge. The security detail and military would be the challenge. Plus it's the office or rank that claims the respect worthy of a place on the trophy wall. He could actually be the commander of the joint chiefs for all I care and the President could be the Rock. That's just an example.

    Or Arnold's now in the CIA and decides to send in a crack team trained personally by him to ambush and capture every damn Predator that comes a hunting. Before they know it, there are hundreds of them locked away. As soon as the government realizes that these Predator are a massive nuance The Predator arrives to find out what's been going on. Negotiations begin and there's only one solution. Old Dutch vs An aging predator elder. Each leads a team of soldiers in combat against each other. No weapons, no artificial advantage. They wage this war from afar strategically advising each team on how to best precede. Dutch's team wipes out the Predators. The Elder then blows everything to hell as Arnold Smokes a Cigar and says, "whatever".

     :laugh:
  15. HuDaFuK
    And Dutch is too old to actively go after one. That would be insane. And a particular kick in the nuts would be if a 70 year old Dutch is able to kill a Predator.

    I actually agree with this, but that doesn't mean Dutch can't still be involved. What if whoever he's advising actually captures a Predator? What if he's actually there giving them helpful info wherever they take it to? That could make him a legit target.
  16. overthere

    If he's helping people to actively go after and capture Predators, I don't see why they wouldn't decide all bets are off.

    I imagine Dutch would be behind curtains as far as Predator is concerned. I don't see how the Predator would track down who's behind the mission without dealing with paperwork. If Dutch wasn't personally involved in the action, the Predator wouldn't come in contact with him and connecting the dots about Dutch would be some sort of detective work which Predators are not really interested in.

    And Dutch is too old to actively go after one. That would be insane. And a particular kick in the nuts would be if a 70 year old Dutch is able to kill a Predator. That would be the final Predator movie cause after that the Predators would quit what they're doing.
  17. Uglymfdude
    Are we really going to compare a redneck to a yautja. Some rednecks are evil attempting genocide on all blacks, even going so far as to tar a brotha up, paste him with feathers, light him ablaze,whilst tied limb from limb to two horses, and then the evil redneck holler "YAHH" im done with convincing people to see the dark nature of predator maybe i will do afan film of bad blood/dark blood prrds. Im sure some of them are evil too. Setting off a nuke to save his own skin....concrete jungle pred from the game 
  18. whiterabbit
    Skinned alive is a misconception. They were all skinned after being killed. I don't know a single hunter that tries to skin something alive. That's just evil. The average predators is not anymore evil than the average redneck is.

    But the president as an individual is not a particularly worthy prey. There's nothing really special about him that a Predator should care about. Predators look for a worthy prey on their own, and having a bunch of bodyguards does not equal to a worthy prey.
    Dutch would be the trophy. The worthwhile challenge is getting by all the security. It'd be a slightly different take on the hunting theme. Along the way he could do battle with more worthy prey on his way to Dutch's head.
  19. Uglymfstuntdude
    Imagine if this film develops "interesting" characters that the audience likes and relates to like the first two pred films. Avpr did not show anyone being skinned alive and yes it relied on gore as a selling point. Now having to watch Hawkins actually skinned alive pleading for life will hurt to see. It doesn't need to be dragged out. The scene itself could just have one of them turn up missing after an ambush. Cut to Hawkins/our new hero wake up panting. The laser blade (similar to the one used in avpr) cuts on pred starts cutting on him. End of scene. Don't have to show him skin the whole body but id like to see that party get started. The slow death of our hero
  20. overthere
    Speaking of bad timing for trophies, why does Wolf skin people in AvP:R? Why does he even kill other people at all? His mission is to take care of the alien thing. They never cared for witnesses before, so it can't be it.
  21. 426Buddy
    That wasn't bad, but for some reason I had thought I'd seen an alternate version of that scene before the movie came out, maybe in a trailer. Anyway when the movie did come out I remember being a little disappointed that it wasn't what I thought it was. Who knows I could be crazy lol

    I also thought his timing for taking the trophy was wierd
  22. overthere
    But the president as an individual is not a particularly worthy prey. There's nothing really special about him that a Predator should care about. Predators look for a worthy prey on their own, and having a bunch of bodyguards does not equal to a worthy prey.

    I thought I'd want to see skinning happen, but the more I think about it the more it seems it's much more terrifying to see the end result without seeing the actual process. Like any horror, it's good to leave some violence for the imagination. But on the other hand, Predators are so badass, I want to see them do horrible gory things.

    I don't want to see their home planet. I love the mystery about them and it's fairly certain any portrayal of it would be lackluster. Maybe just a quick shot, like in AvP:R, probably the only thing it did right.
  23. whiterabbit
    Yea unnecessary gore isn't needed. I'd much prefer more sci-fi/action in my alien monster flick. Predator movies are definitely best as action orientated entertainment.

    In most of the predator movies the Predator has been hunting small game. Jungle men, drug dealers and even rounded up some killers to drop off on their hunting planet. Yea, aliens can sit this one out. Maybe a decent change in pace would be for the Predator to go after some real big game. Like the president of the united states, other wise known as Dutch. :P I mean why the hell not, it'd be the easiest way to get Arnold into it via a non combat role. He could even use some of that boy scout ingenuity to secure the kill at the end.
  24. HuDaFuK
    3 More screen time on the predator homeworld or one of their worlds

    I don't especially want this. It'll more likely than not come off as cheesy.

    6 I am not saying this bit is needed but please show someone being skinned alive :D and also some up close spine rip action would be nice.

    Totally unnecessary. It would just be like AVP:R, needlessly unpleasant gore to try and be cool or shocking. The original was violent without being excessively disgusting.
  25. uglymfstuntdude
    Really the fans want:

    1 Alan Silvestri to do the score ...his IMDB says he is still in business but prolly cost a good penny which fox has given Mr Black :)

    2 More screen time with or using the predator space craft make it do something else cool we havent seen before. We all love this predator character because of his awesome ass toys...like batman. Maybe show the ship burrow into the ground like in the batman v predator comics

    3 More screen time on the predator homeworld or one of their worlds (adding a language will be nice if done right. not sure how to do alien language "right") a jungle type, desert, or something new??? tron capital might be a bit much and copy cat ish.

    4 have the anytime pred/classic pred in it somewhere and not let him get spanked. I was happy to see new predators in latest pred film but I love classic pred no homo...it hurt my soul seeing him beat down by something new. The only one can kill him is Dutch :) or Danny boy....of course Royce with his sexy AA12.

    5 As always some new gadgets for pred to kill with I like wolf with his dual caster action.

    6 I am not saying this bit is needed but please show someone being skinned alive :D and also some up close spine rip action would be nice.

    7 I dare you guys to bring back the old cloak from the first 2 preds...I know those effects are dated but it was awesome

     8)  8)
  26. PRJ_since1990
    I'd love to see something like that eventually too. It'd be a nice kind of lead up if Fox ever did want to try and go all MCU with Alien and Predator and AvP.
    I'd even be happy with the Fire & Stone made into a film series, albeit tweaked a little bit.

    Honestly, we need an AvP do-over with the original story in place (AVP: Prey) with Machiko and the future setting and all that good stuff. Give the series the respectable movie it deserves.

    But on topic, yes, a large interwoven universe would make a lot of us very pleased.
  27. CainsSon
    Im sure someone has discussed this at some point but, they really should bring PREDATOR into the future and introduce the Colonial Marines off on some distant forest world and then lead that towards a proper AVP story, but just NOT include any other connection to the Alien story line.
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