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Shane Black: Predator Sequel Will Be Set Present Day!

Director Shane Black has given us a nice little update about the forthcoming Predator sequel. Collider caught up with the man at CinemaCon that is currently happening in Las Vegas. Black still states that he’s working the script but reiterates he wants to make the Predator movie a Summer movie – a movie that will have people queuing up to see.

When pressed about whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Dutch, the director remained coy about the prospect. “I think it’s something we’re looking into, and as this thing evolves and takes on more of a shape, we’ll figure out how best to honor the tradition of what is really a remarkable first movie and even parts of the rest of them as well.” says Black.

The big news to come out of this interview is that Shane Black reveals that the Predator movie will take place present day! He stopped short of saying where but I still suspect it will be some remote part of Earth.

The Predator sequel takes place present day! Shane Black: Predator Sequel Will Be Set Present Day!

The Predator sequel takes place present day!

For history’s sake, John McTiernan’s Predator was set in 1987, Predator 2 was set in Summer 1997 and Predators was set in 2010. With the new Predator film due for release in 2018, that gives a time-jump of 31 years from the original.

How that will affect the story is anybody’s guess. With present day, that means a lot of my period pieces such as Vietnam and Pirates are out of the window. If Arnie signs on, I can still see the story revolving around an older, tired Dutch tracking down a Predator.



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  1. Infected
    I just listened to a podcast with Shane Black and he mentioned a little bit of Predator:

    - The process is moving forward (the train has left the station), but they are not rushing it and taking their time.
    - He likes that his Iron Man Movie feels different than the rest and with Predator he wants to make it fresh and something special, they are also gonna do "some pretty crazy shit".

    http://www.spreaker.com/user/6733116/shane-black-and-max-landis-superstar-fil
    That crazy shit sometimes is crazy for the directors, like filming two movies at once like a sequel,
    or blowing things up, usually we dont see that back on the screen.
    the Predator and Nintendo's NX are two things that can only be done succesfully if you have full understanding for the concept etc.
    and both of them are a big challenge for even the biggest directors and writers out there, so i have strongs doubts.
  2. Johnny Handsome
    I just listened to a podcast with Shane Black and he mentioned a little bit of Predator:

    - The process is moving forward (the train has left the station), but they are not rushing it and taking their time.
    - He likes that his Iron Man Movie feels different than the rest and with Predator he wants to make it fresh and something special, they are also gonna do "some pretty crazy shit".

    http://www.spreaker.com/user/6733116/shane-black-and-max-landis-superstar-fil

    Thanks for sharing. I wonder what "pretty crazy shit" he has in mind.
    I wonder too, i just want to know something from the Story, just enough to get a basic idea where are they heading.

    I don't want to get spoiled too much, even if the script would leak, i wouldn't read it, i want to have the experience in the Cinema, i mostly resisted Star Wars and Jurassic World Spoilers/leaks/inputs last year and trust me, it is really a much better experience when almost everything is a surprise, but knowing nothing at the Moment is pretty... well... shit.

    The fact alone that Shane Black is involved in the script and directing it (plus maybe Arnold is in it) does this make an "event movie" for me personally.

    Like really, is there any better Person out there for this? I Really don't think so, he's a cast member of the original and the writer of some really great cult Action movies plus a kick-ass director. FOX nailed it.
  3. Corporal Hicks
    I just listened to a podcast with Shane Black and he mentioned a little bit of Predator:

    - The process is moving forward (the train has left the station), but they are not rushing it and taking their time.
    - He likes that his Iron Man Movie feels different than the rest and with Predator he wants to make it fresh and something special, they are also gonna do "some pretty crazy shit".

    http://www.spreaker.com/user/6733116/shane-black-and-max-landis-superstar-fil

    Thanks for sharing. I wonder what "pretty crazy shit" he has in mind.
  4. Johnny Handsome
    I just listened to a podcast with Shane Black and he mentioned a little bit of Predator:

    - The process is moving forward (the train has left the station), but they are not rushing it and taking their time.
    - He likes that his Iron Man Movie feels different than the rest and with Predator he wants to make it fresh and something special, they are also gonna do "some pretty crazy shit".

    http://www.spreaker.com/user/6733116/shane-black-and-max-landis-superstar-fil


  5. The Alien Predator
    I hate Iron Man 3, such a trash film, but even with that Shane Black knows that you need to move forward not backwards and instead retconning the shit out of Predators after 2 (after 1 many would say) he just continue the story, that's what good writers do instead trying to delete 2 movies in favor to wet and cheap fan-fiction. THEY MOVE FORWARD.

    Exactly!

    I am super excited for this because of that, to see what it adds to the existing story.
  6. Beatnation
    I hate Iron Man 3, such a trash film, but even with that Shane Black knows that you need to move forward not backwards and instead retconning the shit out of Predators after 2 (after 1 many would say) he just continue the story, that's what good writers do instead trying to delete 2 movies in favor to wet and cheap fan-fiction. THEY MOVE FORWARD.
  7. Randomizer
    I do like the fact that they decided to go this way. The Colonial Marines are a trademark of the Aliens universe, and if we were to have them into a Predator-only movie it would feel odd and unfinished. Considering that both universes are tied together now, having Predators in a future setting would result in an automatic inclusion of the Xenomorphs, like Xenomorphine said.

    Sadly that's one problem the Predator franchise has to suffer (or has suffered before): we can either go back or maintain our course in the current timeline.

    What? That's ridiculous. A Predator movie can easily be set in the future without involving the Aliens, the colonial marines, androids or the Engineers. And so what if the CMs (and/or androids) were involved but not the Aliens? It'd just be like Dutch's team but with pulse rifles, smart guns and possibly androids. It might even be set on Earth, allowing us to see what it is like in the Alien universe's future without requiring an Alien outbreak to happen.

    Not saying it can't happen, it's just that it would seem cheap in my eyes. Maybe is it just me refusing the truth?
  8. Perfect-Organism
    Maybe he's a retired spook whose recruited by a japanese woman whose head of security for an undisclosed powerful man whose interested in predator tech and has tracked the predators hunting cycles to a certain location on earth and wants Dutch there to advise a team of expertly trained ex military types on how best to capture one alive if possible.(takes deep breath!) Dutch finds the japanese woman to be quite attractive and agrees on going to avenge his dead comrades and send a message to the hunter race. Dutch Befriends the team, after some witty banter about him bein an old soldier,  and we witness our favorite characters get slaughtered until the japanese woman is in danger and Dutch decides to join in and kick some ass!

    And the Japanes woman's name is Ms. Yutani right? ;)
  9. LordCassusSnow
    Maybe he's a retired spook whose recruited by a japanese woman whose head of security for an undisclosed powerful man whose interested in predator tech and has tracked the predators hunting cycles to a certain location on earth and wants Dutch there to advise a team of expertly trained ex military types on how best to capture one alive if possible.(takes deep breath!) Dutch finds the japanese woman to be quite attractive and agrees on going to avenge his dead comrades and send a message to the hunter race. Dutch Befriends the team, after some witty banter about him bein an old soldier,  and we witness our favorite characters get slaughtered until the japanese woman is in danger and Dutch decides to join in and kick some ass!
  10. Perfect-Organism
    Someone suggested Dutch hunting predators. Maybe a team is put together to hunt one and Dutch acts like a Ripley chatacter, there to advise until its time for him to kick ass? That'd be pretty wicked! By the way, for those who played concrete jungle, who was the guy at the end of the credits? I always wondered, ridiculous as it may sound, if that could be Peter Weyland now with a different hairstyle? The age would match up at concrete jungle is 2030 and Peter's TED talk was only in 2023. Unless he was confirmed as someone else?

    And then Arnold saves a little girl named Billie.  Joking aside, that could work.  Arnie goes in driven by revenge and then his maternal instinct kicks in and he grows to become someone else as he is trying to save the little girl... :laugh:
  11. LordCassusSnow
    Someone suggested Dutch hunting predators. Maybe a team is put together to hunt one and Dutch acts like a Ripley chatacter, there to advise until its time for him to kick ass? That'd be pretty wicked! By the way, for those who played concrete jungle, who was the guy at the end of the credits? I always wondered, ridiculous as it may sound, if that could be Peter Weyland now with a different hairstyle? The age would match up at concrete jungle is 2030 and Peter's TED talk was only in 2023. Unless he was confirmed as someone else?
  12. HuDaFuK
    I may be biased, but I really like my idea of how the story should go. Predator is hunting somewhere, killed a bunch of people before they captured him with the assistance of Dutch. Once captured, they start studying him, but eventually he breaks out, kills another bunch of soldiers in the facility he was captured in, escapes into the open and the military is after him.

    Rambo: First Pred.

    I'd actually be down with something along those lines though.
  13. The Alien Predator
    I still say they take this one to Manhattan. 

    OR

    Add some social commentary to the franchise and set it in the Middle East in the midst of the present-day ISIS/Syrian war.  The Predator would land, observe that there is no peace the region and then take it upon himself to assassinate leaders of factions that hinder the peace process.  Since they are all heavily guarded (and very wealthy) the Predator will face a unique challenge to reach each leader.  Suicide Bombers, Improvised traps, mines, exotic animals...these will all need to be faced!  The Americans and Russians canl make cameos too and for the showdown, the two nations would have to combine forces in the air and sea to defeat the predator.  The ground soldiers would all be Arabs allied with the Russians and Americans and fight the predator on the ground.  All will be united against one. common. enemy.

    And once the Predator is destroyed, everyone will have peace amongst themselves and their neighbors.

    Reminds me of the old Superman cartoon made in the 1940's where the Man of Steel fought the Japanese and even Hitler made a cameo.
  14. Ash 937
    I still say they take this one to Manhattan. 

    OR

    Add some social commentary to the franchise and set it in the Middle East in the midst of the present-day ISIS/Syrian war.  The Predator would land, observe that there is no peace the region and then take it upon himself to assassinate leaders of factions that hinder the peace process.  Since they are all heavily guarded (and very wealthy) the Predator will face a unique challenge to reach each leader.  Suicide Bombers, Improvised traps, mines, exotic animals...these will all need to be faced!  The Americans and Russians canl make cameos too and for the showdown, the two nations would have to combine forces in the air and sea to defeat the predator.  The ground soldiers would all be Arabs allied with the Russians and Americans and fight the predator on the ground.  All will be united against one. common. enemy.

    And once the Predator is destroyed, everyone will have peace amongst themselves and their neighbors. 
  15. overthere
    It could start on populated area and transfer into isolated, or vice versa.

    I may be biased, but I really like my idea of how the story should go. Predator is hunting somewhere, killed a bunch of people before they captured him with the assistance of Dutch. Once captured, they start studying him, but eventually he breaks out, kills another bunch of soldiers in the facility he was captured in, escapes into the open and the military is after him.

    The part where the Predator is captured and studied is a great opportunity to learn more about them.
  16. whiterabbit
    I have to be honest, setting it in the present time is a safe bet if you're trying to lite the fire under this franchise. The only real question is if it should take place in an isolated area or a populated one. I think it would be more personal if the place was isolated.
  17. Mister Skeezler
    Just because the Predator is going to be set in modern day doesn't mean that Fox is against trying their hand at franchise building. They may be trying to be more thoughtful about how to bring AVP back in a cohesive way (probably not, but I'll try to be optimistic).
  18. DUB1
    I do like the fact that they decided to go this way. The Colonial Marines are a trademark of the Aliens universe, and if we were to have them into a Predator-only movie it would feel odd and unfinished. Considering that both universes are tied together now, having Predators in a future setting would result in an automatic inclusion of the Xenomorphs, like Xenomorphine said.

    Sadly that's one problem the Predator franchise has to suffer (or has suffered before): we can either go back or maintain our course in the current timeline.

    What? That's ridiculous. A Predator movie can easily be set in the future without involving the Aliens, the colonial marines, androids or the Engineers. And so what if the CMs (and/or androids) were involved but not the Aliens? It'd just be like Dutch's team but with pulse rifles, smart guns and possibly androids. It might even be set on Earth, allowing us to see what it is like in the Alien universe's future without requiring an Alien outbreak to happen.
  19. The Alien Predator
    Or they could set it on a colony world somewhere with its own mercenary security force.

    Also, doesn't the United Americas have its own army that is better equipped than the Colonial Marines? Why not have a Predator hunt on the futuristic Earth, hunting these better equipped soldiers?

    Plus it'd show human advancements. Imagine this time we detect their ship enter the Sol system but it suddenly vanishes before we can do anything about it. Show how they are still a step ahead as soon as they realize they're busted.
  20. Randomizer
    I do like the fact that they decided to go this way. The Colonial Marines are a trademark of the Aliens universe, and if we were to have them into a Predator-only movie it would feel odd and unfinished. Considering that both universes are tied together now, having Predators in a future setting would result in an automatic inclusion of the Xenomorphs, like Xenomorphine said.

    Sadly that's one problem the Predator franchise has to suffer (or has suffered before): we can either go back or maintain our course in the current timeline.
  21. umfdude
    Yea always gotta love a good predator only sequel. Shyt Aliens is getting some love. Its going to be awesome. Really cant wait to see this. Mr Black seems very serious about making this a good film.

    I hope that Alan Silvestri will do the score as they have a huge budget now. I was happy with the score from predators for the most part because it used music from the old predator one film.

    Ok time to go see hardcore henry and come home to watch all 3 predator films :) never thought we would see a number 3. Took fox forever but i lived to see it :)

    I like these words of describing the new Predator as a Summer Event movie, making it fresh and in scale. I'm curious if the plot would revolve around the government/military trying to capture one Predator and eventually they do and Predator has to escape which would then lead to one final act. If the movie is called The Predator many are thinking it's going to be one Predator in it.

    What do you mean terminator genisys us ?, it may not be a great movie but its a good movie, hell terminator 3's story was pretty pathetic its only the action that made that movie good. Put it this way if fox can secure a release in china then yes pay Arnold the money and don't release The Predator right next to another or a more likely huge box office draw movie, had paramount had any brains they wouldn't have released genisys with such a crowed theatre of movies showing and the domestic box office would have been bigger, Jurassic world made around 1.5 billon dollars and paramount cant work out that's why genisys expectations underperformed in the usa market, though im not thrilled about 50 cents possible involvement, if they could involvement the rock Dwayne Johnson with Arnold and there buddies too, yes this movie will be in event like what fox and Shane black want. 

    This is getting better by the minute. Seriously I believe it will be a great sequel. Much better than AvP and Robert Rodriguez's abomination. Would be cool to have Dutch back with the right script.
  22. Xenomorphine
    Seemed like a given. If it was set in the past, it would have been announced as a prequel. If it was the future, it would either involve Colonial Marines (in which case, fan expectations would go through the roof that Aliens would be involved, making it more of an AVP film) or something so similar that they might as well be.
  23. Corporal Hicks
    As soon as word got around in Arnolds involvement there was pretty much no room for anything else but it being in the present. Hell, even when he told it's going to be a Sequel in 2014 it was safe that this wasn't going to be in the past, but here we are, people are surprised anyway.  ;D

    I don't think it's so much surprised as a tiny bit disappointed. You're completely right, of course. As soon as it was announced that they'd been talking the odds of it being anything other than modern day were practically nill.
  24. Johnny Handsome
    He basically told us the one thing about the script i thought was pretty certain.

    As soon as word got around in Arnolds involvement there was pretty much no room for anything else but it being in the present. Hell, even when he told it's going to be a Sequel in 2014 it was safe that this wasn't going to be in the past, but here we are, people are surprised anyway.  ;D
  25. Perfect-Organism
    I'd like a film where Dutch is a regular on the conspiracy theory circuit of talk shows and podcasts.  Generally he's rarely believed and mocked at by the public but he needs to keep telling his story because it's his appearances generate the only income that he makes.  He lives in an Airstream trailer and was dishonorably discharged from the military after he lost his crew in the original film. 

    Then one day, people begin coming up on crime scenes that are eerily familiar to the ones that Dutch described for the original Predator.  Then, 50 cent shows up at his door one day with a fuzzy cell phone picture of what appears to be the Predator fleeing one of the crime scenes (he recognized Dutch from TV and tracked him down through linkedin).  50 Cent tells Dutch that he knows that the predator is real but that Dutch is the only man that would believe him.  Together, they assemble a rag-tag team of washed-up mercenaries and the team is eventually contracted by the US government to get the new predator...in present-day Manhattan.

    That's how I think this movie should go.

    That's not bad.  The bit about the conspiracy circuit.
  26. Ash 937
    I'd like a film where Dutch is a regular on the conspiracy theory circuit of talk shows and podcasts.  Generally he's rarely believed and mocked at by the public but he needs to keep telling his story because it's his appearances generate the only income that he makes.  He lives in an Airstream trailer and was dishonorably discharged from the military after he lost his crew in the original film. 

    Then one day, people begin coming up on crime scenes that are eerily familiar to the ones that Dutch described for the original Predator.  Then, 50 cent shows up at his door one day with a fuzzy cell phone picture of what appears to be the Predator fleeing one of the crime scenes (he recognized Dutch from TV and tracked him down through linkedin).  50 Cent tells Dutch that he knows that the predator is real but that Dutch is the only man that would believe him.  Together, they assemble a rag-tag team of washed-up mercenaries and the team is eventually contracted by the US government to get the new predator...in present-day Manhattan.

    That's how I think this movie should go.
  27. Number13
    Huh. When he described it as an "epic" was expecting a post-apocalyptic story where the humans have been driven nearly to extinction by the Predators and the last remaining survivors must survive after being hunted mercilessly by the Predators.

    I'm being funny, that story probably would suck. It would be different.
  28. LordCassusSnow
    So their gonna Terminator Genesys us by setting it on present day earth again? Greatly disappointing. Wouldnt be surprised if the golden gate bridge made a appearance as well. This franchise is dead. I doubt we'll get any new info aside from new weapons. Its like fox is trying to destroy aliens and predators on purpose. Ever since Dark Horse and Fox lost star wars, theyve been trying way too hard to cash in on their next big space titles. So much so their running it into the ground. Oh well we still have the originals  ;D
  29. RakaiThwei
    Alright, so it's set in the present..

    Now where's it going to be set, and what's the story? These things... I wanna know.

    If I'm gonna get behind this movie, I gotta know these things. I've got a little hope riding on this.. Just a little bit of hope.
  30. The Alien Predator
    I'm not surprised. I had a feeling it was going to be set in the present day. It's a trend with the Predator franchise, to usually be set in the year it comes out or close to it.

    Only the EU seems to explore various eras.
  31. Corporal Hicks
    I think quite a lot of movie goers would be interested in seeing a Predator film set in a different timeline. That's just obviously not the story Shane Black wanted to tell unfortunately.

    Like you said, we'll always have Dark Ages. Also - I wouldn't really expect to get any intelligent discussion out of the comments section on YouTube. I wouldn't worry too much about them.
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