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Shane Black Talks The Predator’s Place In Continuity

Shane Black talks The Predator’s place in continuity in a new interview. Chatting to HeyUGuys whilst promoting The Nice Guy, Shane Black was asked about how his upcoming sequel, The Predator, would fit into the Predator continuity:

“The events of Predators, the Robert Rodriquez one, have not happened yet and Predator 2 has probably happened already. It’s present day, it’s 2018. It’s a reimaging for 2018 of the Predator but all the events of the other movies are sort of acknowledged.”

Shane Black has previously said that The Predator would be taking place in present day. Earlier this month, he also talked a little with CinemaBlend about how The Predator would fit into the continuity of the series, implying that it may be using specific elements of the first film to jump off:

“The trick is to go back in time and look at the other earlier films and say, for instance, in the first movie, what is there? Is there a scene in here that suggests something that we can almost in retrospect say, ‘See, it was set up in the first one!’? How do we find that little niche?”

Shane Black talks The Predator's place in continuity saying it will be set between Predator 2 and Predators.  Shane Black Talks The Predator's Place In Continuity

Shane Black talks The Predator’s place in continuity saying it will be set between Predator 2 and Predators.

Thanks to RakaiThwei, Jann Elderpredator and Johnny Handsome for the news!



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Comments: 44
  1. Kaltes
    I thought it was made quite clear it's a sequel, but I guess people being worried about it being a reboot kinda makes sense, given so many sequels today feel more like reboots.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    Okay, I don't understand. He said he's changing the Predator design like a reboot of the entire franchise and now he says that the Predator, Predator 2, and Predators are all canon in this universe. So is this film a sequel to those films or not? Is the Predator design that we all know and love by Stan Winston still going to be the same? God, I hate this man.

    He hasn't said he's rebooting the franchise. The very second report that came out about the film was a clarification that the film was a sequel, not a reboot. He also said he's not looking to just arbitrarily change the design of the Predator itself. There's no reason to panic.
  3. TheShadowedOne1
    Okay, I don't understand. He said he's changing the Predator design like a reboot of the entire franchise and now he says that the Predator, Predator 2, and Predators are all canon in this universe. So is this film a sequel to those films or not? Is the Predator design that we all know and love by Stan Winston still going to be the same? God, I hate this man.
  4. Kaltes
    I actually wouldn't mind seeing Predator 2 being acknowledged...since it never really has been aside from a few homages view Predator weapons.

    What kind of acknowledgement would you be interested in?

    Well, the movie has been hinted to be a detective story of sorts, which was the route the second movie followed to an extent. I'd at least like to see a character mention the events of what occurred, sort of like in Predators where Isabel gives a brief explanation of the Predator and what happened in South America. Truthfully I've always found it strange that Predator 2 gets little mention.
  5. The Alien Predator
    I don't remember the strause bro's ever saying anything about O.W.L.F. in Avp-R. However, i do remember they were in talks to make Garber the colonel but they couldn't get Adam Baldwin to do it

    Also, the Avp movies will never be canon just like Colonial Marines will never be canon. Whoever is saying that obviously doesn't know about the new info regarding Michael Bishop from the Weyland Yutani Report. Now If they mean their allowed to take certain elements from Avp like Preds teaching us to build pyramids or using the young queen from Avp-R then i'd have no problem with that. I myself treat the preds we see in Avp as an older generation of Predators whose armor and tech have advanced to what we see on newer yautja today. Neca's bio's for the Avp preds also help in that regard. For example, the Temple Guard predator's role in yautja society is exactly the same as the Enforcer Predators role. The Enforcer could be the future Temple Guard.

    What is this new info about Michael Bishop?
  6. LordCassusSnow
    I don't remember the strause bro's ever saying anything about O.W.L.F. in Avp-R. However, i do remember they were in talks to make Garber the colonel but they couldn't get Adam Baldwin to do it

    Also, the Avp movies will never be canon just like Colonial Marines will never be canon. Whoever is saying that obviously doesn't know about the new info regarding Michael Bishop from the Weyland Yutani Report. Now If they mean their allowed to take certain elements from Avp like Preds teaching us to build pyramids or using the young queen from Avp-R then i'd have no problem with that. I myself treat the preds we see in Avp as an older generation of Predators whose armor and tech have advanced to what we see on newer yautja today. Neca's bio's for the Avp preds also help in that regard. For example, the Temple Guard predator's role in yautja society is exactly the same as the Enforcer Predators role. The Enforcer could be the future Temple Guard.
  7. DUB1
    Unless we see Predators characters before they got nabbed, it seems pointless to say when Predators take place.

    If we don't get even the littlest evidence that the Predator takes place before Predators, then I don't care what SB says. It must be shown or mentioned on-screen, not in a interview.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    Allegedly, the team from the second film who was attempting to catch the creatures. It seems weird to name yourself what you're calling the ET in question, though.
    "Other World Life Form"? That's, uh, that's a little weird. Is there a source for that?

    Its stated in Predator 2. Also, OWLF is the designation that Keyes' government group uses to refer to the Predator (as well as the Aliens in AvP-r). Its not what they call themselves.

    I'm probably mistaken as I can't remember for certain but I believe that's what the government group hunting the ETs were referred to by the Strause leading up to AvPR.
  9. Predator_Spirit
    It's  just a polite way to ignore Predators, The Predator is set in 2018 and Predators wich has no time reference ,but with the weapons, clothes etc looks like a contemporary  setting, is like, set in 2020.

    Smart Shane  ;D
  10. HuDaFuK
    Apparently, this film WILL be counting Predator 2 and PREDATORS.... And apparently this re-assigns PREDATORS somehow... in other words... this ISN'T Predator 4.. it's Predator 3. In other words.. PREDATORS didn't HAPPEN YET.

    Lol @ solidifying the series "complicated continuity" by making it more complicated :laugh:

    Seriously though, as Hicks says, given that the third film takes place on a completely different planet, it wouldn't really make sense for the new film to reference it if it is set afterwards, unless it's literally gonna tell us how Royce and Isabelle get back.
  11. Ht27str
    With the characters!? You use the familiar characters to set the sceneria. Like they say a picture tells 1000 words. The moment you show Arnold/Dutch, Agent Garber you instantly connect people back to set the film in the right direction. Predator 2 already sets the movie forward 10 yrs. This one will take care of those other 20 yrs in between.

    It's pretty safe to say that unless they are going to use the films as a reference, it really doesn't matter. Now setting the film before Predators and after Predator 2 does somewhat insinuate there may be a reference or tie into the other films! That would be awesome if they were connected somehow, odviously it would refer to Predator, maybe the CIA team from Predator 2 under the leadership of Agent Garber and then show Arnold turning down a job and recommending Royce because he will cross the line Dutch would not and Royce upon completing his task and being taken. Or at least show someone mentioning Royce completing his task and gone missing. At the end of the credits they should show Liam Nesson contacting the Beserker Predator via Rouces' walkie talkie and doing his famous lines i.e. I have a particular set of skills..... I will find you, and I will kill you!! BAM!! I just wrote the movie!!

    I believe Noland actually set a time frame for PREDATORS2010 when mention how long he had been on the preserve. That should set a limit to this film.
  12. marrerom
    Allegedly, the team from the second film who was attempting to catch the creatures. It seems weird to name yourself what you're calling the ET in question, though.
    "Other World Life Form"? That's, uh, that's a little weird. Is there a source for that?

    Its stated in Predator 2. Also, OWLF is the designation that Keyes' government group uses to refer to the Predator (as well as the Aliens in AvP-r). Its not what they call themselves.

  13. RakaiThwei
    While Predator AVP 1 & 2 and Predators have their place how will this film acknowledge the events of those films without contradicting or further muddling the time frame of the series.

    I don't think this film will be acknowledging the AVP films.. and as much as I do love those films, more so than PREDATORS.. if that's easy for you to digest... I'd rather this film didn't touch up on them or acknowledge them. So I don't think Shane is treating them as canon..

    Interestingly enough, Fox themselves does consider the AVP films to be canon albeit as Tristan Jones, artist for Defiance says as "soft" canon (meaning either loose or semi canon)... regardless of contradictions with one side of the franchises (Prometheus/Alien) and largely ignored by both. So... they might be a branching timeline continuing from Predator 2 and onto their own path..

    Of course that's just my way of looking at it. Honestly, I'm surprised I'm not fuming about this though... Maybe I've gotten over things.
  14. ROYCE_THE_PREDATOR
    THE PREDATOR should just be a sequel to all 3 films as Predators took place in 2010 on a preserve planet. Everything is in line. I wonder where Shane came up with the notion of Predators being set in the future. Although it was never really explained in the movie, its self explanatory. Its 2010. 23 years after Predator and 20 years after Predator 2. This sets up The Predator perfectly in terms of timeline. All the events are in order. Isabelle mentions 87's Predator. All the evidence is right there. Besides lets say it was never explained what year the events occurred, for the franchise sake and continuity, placing it in Present Day would play it safe all around. But that's not the case with Predators as its always been set Present Day. But that would be the next good decision.
  15. RakaiThwei
    I can't say I am pleased that Shane is acknowledging PREDATORS in some way but I know of expected him to go that route. So it's not that much of a surprise to me. I just hope whatever he has planned is more in spirit of the first two films rather than Rodriguez's film.
  16. LordCassusSnow
    The movie is the only source i know of...O.W.L.F.-Other World Life Forms. Keyes says the whole thing to Harrigan before telling him it means it's "a f**king alien" before the slaughter house battle. You could also say theyve made an appearance in a few Predator comics but the name is never acknowledged.The group could also be a nod to the illuminati. Their a black ops government group that conceal themselves as federal agents to investigate aliens, their group logo is a pyramid with an eye in the center and the word Owl is in their name. An animal associated with the illuminati.
  17. LordCassusSnow
    I never liked the nickname Super Predators. I always called them Berserkers as theres nothing super about them. Totally excited for this movie now that Black isn't pulling a Blomkamp. I wonder what he'll use from Predator to jump start The Predator? Maybe the russians were up to something involving Yautja? Maybe Hopper was really dealing with preds when his chopper was brought down? Maybe Billy survived as we never really see him get killed? I'd love it if we got easter eggs from other movies in The Predator. OWLF would be a nice little easter egg as well as seeing Royce or one of the characters from Predators since that now takes place later. Speaking of which, its quite possible Predators is even farther in the future. The berserkers could have simply thrown humans in some sort of hyper sleep chambers until they were ready to be hunted. It would explain why the very old katana's that were found were still sharp enough to cut through a Yautja.
  18. Whiskeybrewer
    Since Predators setting in time isnt specified, it could work with it being maybe 2 or 3 years after The Predator, if that is what Black is planning.

    Maybe the next Predator film (Number 5, if it gets made of course lol) will make it clearer
  19. acrediblesource
    i think he doesnt know what the hell he's doing and hes sugar coat his ignorance on how to make this movie good.
    Considering that an 'event' movie sort of almost never happens uness they put money into movie movie itself. Avatar is an event for obvious reasons. The Badadook, was not.
  20. DaddyYautja
    So THE Predator is Pred 3 and Preds is now 4.

    Maybe he can retcon the Super Black Preds, or whatever they are called, into some interesting thing.

    Like, the Super Pred are...... HALF ENGINEERS!

  21. Little Jimmy
    The year that "Predators" was set in was never actually specified in the movie. So maybe Shane Black is retroactively pushing the events of "Predators" further into the future.
  22. Corporal Hicks
    Without directly referencing the events of the film, I doubt there'd be much in the way of being able to just connect them up anyway. I don't think OWLF or whoever would be in a position to determine that people were being kidnapped and spirited away for competition on another planet. Maybe kidnapped, but not the specifics.
  23. RakaiThwei
    Apparently, this film WILL be counting Predator 2 and PREDATORS.... And apparently this re-assigns PREDATORS somehow... in other words... this ISN'T Predator 4.. it's Predator 3. In other words.. PREDATORS didn't HAPPEN YET.



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