The Predator (2018)

The Predator

Date Released: August 3, 2018
Directed By:
Shane Black
Certificate: R (Confirmed by Shane Black)
Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn…

The Predator, known by fans as Predator 4, is the name of the upcoming Predator sequel from Shane Black. The script was written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and will be released August 3, 2018.

The Predator Current Status

On June 24, 2014, it was revealed that Shane Black will direct a reboot to Predator. He will write the treatment for it and Fred Dekker will write the script. John Davis will produce the new Predator film. On June 25, 2014, Shane Black clarified that he will be making a sequel in the Predator series and not a reboot.

In August 2015, producer John Davis said Shane Black’s script has a fresh perspective and will reinvent the franchise. At the end of November 2015, Fred Dekker confirmed that the script for Predator 4 had been “turned in”. On the 16th of February 2016, Shane Black confirmed Predator 4’s title was in fact The Predator. On February 28, 2015, Fox announced the release date as March 2, 2018 though this was later changed to February 9, 2018 to avoid clashing with monster shark movie Meg. The new Predator film will be a blockbuster reportedly and have a much higher budget than the $50M spent on Predators. In May 2016, Shane Black confirmed The Predator will be R-Rated. In April 2017, Fox announced a new release date of August 3, 2018 for the movie, delaying it by six months.

The Director of The Predator

As stated above, Shane Black is slated to direct the new Predator reboot. Shane Black is no stranger to the franchise having played commando Hawkins in the 1987’s Predator. Most recently, he co-wrote and directed 2013’s Iron Man 3. Whilst promoting The Nice Guys, Shane Black spoke about how he became attached to The Predator, stating he hadn’t initially wanted the job despite Fox getting in contact and asking him to do it. It was Fox’s willingness to make a big budget, “spectacle” film that convinced Black to become involved.

Shane Black

The Predator Cast

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Return to Predator?

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of California, he was the most popular choice to return to the Predator series to play Dutch. In the recent Predators movie, Rodriguez made it clear from the outset that he wanted Arnie to make an appearance but he was still busy. After Arnie left his governor position, he said he was considering doing a new Predator movie in March 2011. In June 2015, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he hadn’t been contacted about Shane Black’s Predator sequel. In March 2016, Arnold Scwarzenegger will be having lunch with director Shane Black to discuss The Predator.

In April 2016, rapper 50 Cent said he would have a role in the Predator film. During a Q&A after a showing of his latest film, The Nice Guys, Shane Black revealed that the main characters name would be Quinn McKenna.

Other people who have been in the spotlight was WWF wrestler The Rock who would have took over the Dutch role. In September 2003, The Rock denied that he has any involvement in a Predator movie. In 2005, another wrestler, John Cena, was also rumoured to be involved in a remake of Predator.

In September 2016, Benicio Del Toro was in talks to join the cast but later dropped out. In October 2016, Boyd Holbrook was in talks to replace Del Toro. A few weeks later, Olivia Munn (X-Men Apocalypse) was in talks to be playing a scientist in the movie.

The Predator Storyline

Shane Black confirmed that the new Predator sequel will be set present day. He hinted it as being a detective story similar to Predator 2. It will be scary but it will have lots of humour in it.

Predator artwork by Stanislav Podlujny!

Older Predator Storylines

Before the Predator reboot news came out in June 2014, the most popular idea was Rodriguez returning to do a direct sequel to Predators with Adrien Brody again. The ending was very open-ended but I’d imagine it would be hard to do a new story without repeating the first movie. Rodriguez stated in July 2010 that he had a few ideas for Predator 4. He said Predators sets up a new story, new location and a new world for a potential sequel.

“[The studio] said, ‘Let’s do some other ones. What other story ideas do you have?’” says the filmmaker. “Because it was like, let’s test out the market with this one. They really wanted it to be pretty contained, pretty scaled-back. They didn’t want to put too many of the ideas into it that we could save for a second one. So we could see what the appetite was, because the bigger movie would actually be what comes following that. That kind of sets up a new storyline, new location and world, and then you can really go crazy from there.”Robert Rodriguez

Predator During Blizzard?

There were all sorts of ideas for a new Predator sequel floating around over the years. Prior to Predators been made, there are about three scripts for Predator 3 circulating around the globe. The first, written by Sam Park, is called Predator 3: The Deadlier of the Species and features Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, Dutch, in New York during a blizzard. A Predator comes to New York and tracks down Dutch to try and kill him.

The second script, written by Robert Rodriguez, is called Predators and is set on a 17th century ship where a Predator stalks the crewman who have to fight with inferior weaponry. Rodriguez did speak about his script during an interview at the beginning of 2004 and said it was rejected because the budget would have been too big – about $150m. The third and final script is called The Zoo which brings back both Dutch from Predator and Harrigan from Predator 2 and they are captured and brought back to the Predator homeworld because they were the only two people to have ever killed a Predator.

You can check out this article: Where should Shane Black’s Predator Sequel take place? which covers various locations they could go with Predator 4 including the Predator homeworld, Vietnam and World War 2.


The Predator was originally due to begin filming in September 2016 but that was delayed. Filming is now due to commence in February 20, 2017 and ends filming May 15, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Amalgamated Dynamics who are no stranger to the franchise having worked on Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, AvP and AvP Requiem will be handling the effects such as the Predator costume(s).

The Predator News Archive

It’s Official! Disney Has Bought 20th Century Fox! ()
The Predator Novelization and Prequel Novel On The Way! ()
“It Focuses On What the Goal of the Predators Is” – Jake Busey Talks The Predator ()
AvPGalaxy Visit and Interview with StudioADI! ()
Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff talk The Predator and Blomkamp’s Alien 5 ()

You can full the full news archive for The Predator here.

Related Links

Robert Rodriguez Predators Script – His original Predators script from 1996.

View Comments (401)

  • LOL so Ridley Scott must not really look at AVP as a joke then really.... More or less he is pissed because that part of the story was brought up before he wanted and was done poorly... LOL this could be so true but who will ever know....

  • I would have preferred to see a direct sequel to Predators with Brody leading to a team up with Dutch(Arnie) and Harrigan(Glover) leading to a confrontation on the Predator world. Reboots suck and never succeed. And dropping the story to start a new one instead of a sequel gets tiring. They should just continue the story.

  • It would be so great if there would be a female Predator. Not to sound any way about it but it would be cool. There is the classic Predators, and the new bigger ones in "Predators". Never seen a female on yet. You guys are smart you guys will know what to do.

  • Aww a detective movie like predator 2? And scary but with lots of humour? What? These are action movies c'mon. And these actors? Really? This sounds like its gonna suck

  • I am a huge fan of The predator films each film has its own unique take on survival in a non traditional way. I own all of the films and have loved them since the first. What they did in the very first predator movie was unheard of at the time even more so if you consider how it began they came a long way from van damne in a pink crab suit running around the jungle to finally the finished product with Dutch. But what I’ve been waiting for is a deeper look into the predators themselves how they got this way is there children predators do they have traditional families?? Wives is there any women predators and are they as cold hearted and lethal as their male counterparts how do they train them from birth are their teenagers as unruly and crazy as ours or do they come out of the womb like the Aliens and minutes later become the adult versions from a simple shed of skin I mean the predators are kinda lizard like in the spikes on their hands to the tubes of dreads and razor sharp finger nails can we possibly answer some of these questions the only back story any of us fans have received was that from AVP and that just kinda explained more of how the ALIEN and PREDATOR Species intertwined I mean other then at the end of predator two when Harrigan is on the ship and you see the alien skull on his trophy wall!!!!!!

  • Bring back any Predator movies! my husband and I have seen every one and we own every one! Sometimes we get them out and pop some pop corn and watch them,We even know the sentences they are going to say before they say them! Keep making them even if they don't make it to the big screen. We will buy them.Thanks!