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The Predator Is Not Set in the Suburbs!

The Predator is not set in the suburbs! You may remember that when The Hollywood Reporter posted about Olivia Munn being in talks to join the cast of The Predator, they commented that the film would be taking place in the suburbs and this is something that a lot of outlets picked up on. It was something that seemed odd considering Fred Dekker’s earlier comments about the scope of the film.

It didn’t take long for Shane Black to take to Twitter to shoot down that report (a tweet that has since been deleted but read: “just found out from Hollywood Reporter that Predator 4 is all about the suburbs.   Hmmm… if they say so“) and he also got in touch with Collider to reaffirm that The Predator would not be set in the suburbs:

“However, Black himself reached out to tell us that is not the case—The Predator is not a movie about the suburbs. There was reason to believe THR’s report given Black’s knack for subverting expectations, but it appears that they (or their sources) were mistaken. Details for the film are being kept firmly under wraps, but when the movie hits theaters on February 9, 2018, don’t expect any suburban “Predator lurking in rich, fancy swimming pools” scenes.”

The Predator is not set in the suburbs but very likely to feature a wide variety of locations! The Predator Is Not Set in the Suburbs!

The Predator is not set in the suburbs but very likely to feature a wide variety of locations!

Back in May, Fred Dekker spoke about the scope of the film, hinting that The Predator wouldn’t be restricted to just one locale but would instead be taking place in many different places around the world: “we have a lot of characters from a lot of different worlds and ideologies. I don’t mean by that other planets. It’s a lot of people doing a lot of things in a lot of locations.”

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Comments: 33
  1. Ectomorph
    There seems to be a recent trend in horror movies that set the films in this 'upper middle class' paradise with swimming pools, big spacious homes, lots of technology. I'm getting pretty bored of that approach.

    Predator works well in an environment that is a complete unknown for both the characters and the audience - that's why I think the first Predator's setting of a fictional country is so ingenious. It's both a familiar scenario and a foreign 'unknown' at the same time. Predator 2 deals with this too by including that weird Jamaican crime syndicate. It's so jarring that it actually makes  Los Angeles seem less like the City of Angels and more like a mystic urban dystopia.

    I really hope Shane Black can find a new location that invokes the same sense of mystery. These 'suburban' rumors had me worried, so I'm glad they got shot down.
  2. Feeds On Minds
    There's an obvious location that no one has yet mentioned...Mexico.  The brutal cartels battling the military would be more than enticing for a Predator.  Not only that; but there's both citiy and jungle terrain to hunt in.
  3. jim
    i agree with the predator observing the fighting in the middle east, then jumping in and going on a brutal hunting spree and hunting both sides in the opening sequence,  then moving the story with one or a few of the soldiers elsewhere...like have it track the ones who escaped to another part of the world.
  4. Jar-Jar Binks
    AREA 51 would be my ideal setting. They could use the Roswell New Mexico UFO crash of 1947. As well. It is also near the Navada Nuclear Test Site... Maybe this is where the group of special ops from Predator 2 our from and working for.
  5. Whiskeybrewer
    I wouldnt have the Middle East as the whole film. I'd have that as the opening, then move to Japan
    This is unpredictable which makes me interested. Why Japan though? No conflict and no standing military?

    For me its the Samurai concept, the honourable warriors squaring off. I did have the idea of an aged Japanese Businessman hiring the survivor of the opening scene. At one point i thought of him being a Yutani, but that would probs be a step too far
  6. HuDaFuK
    The trouble with Japan is it's still an absolute bastard to film there. Regulations are insanely tight.

    Look at Ridley packing up shop partway through Black Rain and buggering off back to the States lol.
  7. The Alien Predator
    I wouldnt have the Middle East as the whole film. I'd have that as the opening, then move to Japan
    This is unpredictable which makes me interested. Why Japan though? No conflict and no standing military?

    Because... GOJIRA:laugh:

    Can you imagine the skull trophy? You could live inside! Maybe turn that skull into the bridge of your spaceship.

    Ok in all seriousness, maybe the Predator arrives to hunt some Yakuza, although that's been done before (P2 had him hunting gangs in a city and Predators had him fight a Yakuza) but still, just trying to think of a serious reason why one would go to Japan.
  8. System Apollo
    lol! The aliens in the sewers premise has been done too much. AvP on the SNES had the second level dedicated to sewers, AvP Requiem used the sewers for the second act and Eternal, which was my favorite in the way they utilized it; also had them in the sewers of Japan.
  9. System Apollo
    The Middle East checks only two of the three things from the box. It is usually picked because it is hot and a conflict zone but it is also dry and arid with no food. I only say that it is predictable because we usually jump to it for the reason that it is hot and a conflict setting but for the most part it has nothing else suitable for Predator. Places like Oceana (Not Australia of course), Africa, South Eastern Asia and South America are good choices seeing as cities have already been done before.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    The film being set in only a suburban setting never really made any sense.

    I think the film will have multiple settings/perspectives. A middle eastern setting would be sweet, but I don't see that happening, though Holbrook as a soldier who's team is hunted while in war would have made for an awesome film.

    Something set to the backdrop of a Middle Eastern conflict perhaps?

    A Middle Eastern setting is so predictable though.

    You say that but it never comes. As the modern conflict zones, I think it makes a fair bit of sense.
  11. John Reaper
    Like what some people here are saying, I do hope that the Middle East is the true setting because that would be a nice change of location from the jungle or a city. In my opinion, I would have preferred Jason Statham as the lead because he is a well-known seasoned action star who is still making movies and that he is one of those wiry tough guys who really is a tough guy. Watching a predator speculating a war between terrorists and soldiers, then jumping in the battlefield to hunt everyone for sport, would be epic to see.
  12. The Joker
    The film being set in only a suburban setting never really made any sense.

    I think the film will have multiple settings/perspectives. A middle eastern setting would be sweet, but I don't see that happening, though Holbrook as a soldier who's team is hunted while in war would have made for an awesome film.
  13. Kurai
    Yeah, I've always felt that the new Predator movie would take place in the Middle East. It's what I expected for Predator 3, instead we got a new planet, which was cool, but they didn't really have the budget to go very far with it. Middle East would have been a great place to "test the waters" for the Predator franchise and could have been pulled off and done well on a tight budget pretty easily.

    What's the status on Predator 4's budget? To be an "Event Film", I imagine it would be pretty high. I hope we get a global hunt, a Predator not content to remain in a single location, or the main characters tracking a Predator accross the globe, studying the carnage left in its' wake to try and guess where it will strike next and thus head it off.
  14. XENOMORPHOSIS
    Not to sound disrespecting to AVPR, we know its reputation, I wasn't angered a great deal about the setting, but the movie never took advantage of it to its full potential, now granted they could portray a Alien Predator invasion on a global scale as the presence of the Aliens assistance would contradict everything established in the original Alien film 
  15. Corporal Hicks
    It was put across much more professionally with Collider. The tweet was somewhat sarcastic. Besides, they're a reputable and long serving site with an established relationship with Shane Black anyway so a great deal of Black related news comes from them.
  16. Chris P
    He also tweeted something about Dekker but also quickly deleted it, did anyone manage to grab a screen cap of it? Not sure why he would tweet something, delete it and reiterate it for Collider. Anyways, I had hopped on it last week at Predator4-Movie.com but not many took notice.
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