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Third Act of The Predator Significantly Changed During Reshoots

It seems as though the weeks of recent reshoots for The Predator may have done more than make a few changes. During a recent interview with CinemaBlend (h/t to ScreenRant), actor Keegan-Michael Key said that the reshoots are complete, and most of the third act of the film was reworked.

“We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten. And Shane Black is… he’s just a consummate professional, and a consummate writer. He’s a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he’s still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema.”

According to our sources, some of the test audiences considered the film’s humor to be a little much. Apparently the reshoots were intended to tone that down in favor of more of a horror element.

 Third Act of The Predator Significantly Changed During Reshoots

Actor Keegan-Michael Key and Director Shane Black on the forest set of The Predator reshoots in Vancouver.

Reshoots are pretty common in Hollywood, though ones this extensive are less so. The Star Wars film Rogue One also had its third act completely changed during its reshoots. Test screenings can often have a pretty strong effect on films, with some directors criticizing them as compromising artistic vision, and others praising the audience input as an important part of the post-production process.

The long-awaited first trailer for the film will debut at Cinemacon in a couple weeks, and will hopefully release to the public sometime shortly after.

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  1. ELDERCLANLEADER
    It's Mine too , as good as the first film was , nothing tops that ending in P2 .. I still remember the first time I watched it as a kid , and the holy sh*t moment that came over me lol 😂

    There was plenty they could of done with those guys rather than the generic nonsense they have decided to make imo.
  2. azamultic
    ELDERCLANLEADER "a true sequel to P1 and p2 should of followed up on the lost tribe , why fox never did that considering the cult following the lost tribe have is beyond me. They are mysterious , the designs were top notch and kick ass , and it hinted at untold stories , like the flint lock. "
     my friend here I agree with you, the moment when Harrigan met the lost tribe was my most favourite moment in the whole franchise. It was so epic with the music "Dem Bones" of Alan SIlvestry.
  3. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Yeah skull splitter me too , I see it as independent from what I consider true predator canon, to me predator should be something to fear not something to love, the good predator should be left in the comic books imo , but it is what it is , I wouldn't say I'm forgiving , more Iv just accepted it. I still think a true sequel to P1 and p2 should of followed up on the lost tribe , why fox never did that considering the cult following the lost tribe have is beyond me. They are mysterious , the designs were top notch and kick ass , and it hinted at untold stories , like the flint lock.  It would of also made the predator series more coherent, I think fox pissed up the opportunity to make serious predator movies the day they decided to make avp and 2010s predators. My hope for this film is that it will be better than avp and predators , I suppose then I could forgive it... maybe. 😂
  4. skull-splitter
    Skull splitter that was my fear too , but Iv come to like the new take on the aliens reasons for being here. It's still not a road I would of gone down if I was making it however, I suppose Iv realised I can kick and scream as much as I want it's not going to xhange anything the film is coming the way it is, so I better find reasons now for liking it.
    I'm not that forgiving. I might enjoy it for what it is, but if it does I see it as a independent entry only.
  5. BigDaddyJohn
    Yeah I agree with original predator for the most part, it's a strange one indeed, i don't understand if our planet is warmer than theirs and they are coming for the heat , why they would then don human clothes ?? Sure you can get round it, but for an action film it is all a bit over the top.

    If execution prevails none of
    it's a deal breaker for me. I'll just accept it for what it is.

    Iv read the script three times now, and when it comes to the friendly predators I get a comic book vibe from it , in a good way. But there's still a good chunk of it that a 12 year old could of made up. I'm hoping it was cleaned up , but probably not. Only time will tell.

    Yeah l dare say alot jas been cleaned up, i maybe wrong but im pretty sure the original draft is written by Fred Dekker, and had no input by Shane Black, so expect plenty of changes. Please correct me if I’m wrong though

    I sincerely hope it's true... More Black & less Dekker can only be a good thing  ;)

    I think Coyle's jokes are definitely from Black though  :laugh:
  6. Ramjet311
    Yeah I agree with original predator for the most part, it's a strange one indeed, i don't understand if our planet is warmer than theirs and they are coming for the heat , why they would then don human clothes ?? Sure you can get round it, but for an action film it is all a bit over the top.

    If execution prevails none of
    it's a deal breaker for me. I'll just accept it for what it is.

    Iv read the script three times now, and when it comes to the friendly predators I get a comic book vibe from it , in a good way. But there's still a good chunk of it that a 12 year old could of made up. I'm hoping it was cleaned up , but probably not. Only time will tell.

    Yeah l dare say alot jas been cleaned up, i maybe wrong but im pretty sure the original draft is written by Fred Dekker, and had no input by Shane Black, so expect plenty of changes. Please correct me if I’m wrong though
  7. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Yeah I agree with original predator for the most part, it's a strange one indeed, i don't understand if our planet is warmer than theirs and they are coming for the heat , why they would then don human clothes ?? Sure you can get round it, but for an action film it is all a bit over the top.

    If execution prevails none of
    it's a deal breaker for me. I'll just accept it for what it is.

    Iv read the script three times now, and when it comes to the friendly predators I get a comic book vibe from it , in a good way. But there's still a good chunk of it that a 12 year old could of made up. I'm hoping it was cleaned up , but probably not. Only time will tell.
  8. Original Predator
    You think their goal is to tug at our heart strings with this film?

    The movie is trying to have the audience "connect" with the "good" Preds in the film. I don't think it's going to be in an over-the-top way foo-foo way, but yes. 

    Using the Pred as an ally, in-it-of-itself, with "climate" change on their planet as the driver and connecting point, is a mistake and tough sell.  Just is.

    That's not what the climate change is there for. It's just background, to explain the conflict.

    There are thousands of ways to "explain" a "conflict" (you or I (and Black) could come up with a thousand better).  Black/Fox didn't pull climate change out of a hat. 

    It's actually a Pretty lame reason for conflict.  So Pred planet is cooling, they like the hot climate (Predator connecting point, explains Ann'a comment). 

  9. Original Predator
    Skull splitter that was my fear too , but Iv come to like the new take on the aliens reasons for being here. It's still not a road I would of gone down if I was making it however, I suppose Iv realised I can kick and scream as much as I want it's not going to xhange anything the film is coming the way it is, so I better find reasons now for liking it.

    Which means the "climate change" agenda will be peddled.

    Great. Politics in a Pred film.

    There was politics in the first Predator movie. In a different way, but politics still.

    Correct.

    But if it's "politics" used as a form to generate a connection with an antagonist/hero/character(s) it's a 50/50 risk/reward.  It's a guarantee you will miff half the audience. 

    The idea is to have empathy for a group of Pred's and give explanation for "why" they are here...(awe the good Pred's just want a "nice" climate to hunt in....) and it's a bad idea.  (Jungle Hunter wasn't taking photos of the landscape and sending them back to the mothership)

    Yes, Predator used a current day political climate to place an elite group of Ops in a jungle, nothing more, nothing less.  No heart strings attempted to be tugged, no strings attached. 

    Clearly there is a difference.
  10. ELDERCLANLEADER
    I agree huggs , the way I see it things have been going on in the world that are simply unheard of in our time and while I'm not going to turn this page into a political discussion, we live in very dangerous times not seen since the Cold War , to me cinema , art and music should be reflecting our world the way the 70s and 80s did. I'm sure that's why there is such an over saturation in super hero movies at the moment , Yano good vs evil etc because as it stands it's going to need a spiderman or iron man to save us from the mess we have all found ourselves in.  Let's not forget Godzilla wouldn't exist without the atomic bombing of Japan. The empire in Star Wars was heavily influenced by the nazis. To the point political under tones in films are nothing new , especially with fantasy,  Just my two cents.
  11. Huggs
    Skull splitter that was my fear too , but Iv come to like the new take on the aliens reasons for being here. It's still not a road I would of gone down if I was making it however, I suppose Iv realised I can kick and scream as much as I want it's not going to xhange anything the film is coming the way it is, so I better find reasons now for liking it.

    Which means the "climate change" agenda will be peddled.

    Great. Politics in a Pred film.

    If film is to be considered a form of art, then I would say that art and politics have indeed been inseparable for quite some time now. The possibility of a political sermon being worked into a predator film, is not necessarily surprising.
  12. azamultic
    ELDERCLANLEADER Welcome to the team, doors open both ways  ;)

    PS. It would be funny if in the end movie going to suck big time and we are all going to be disappointed and we will say ELDERCLANLEADER and Petr you were right guys mwahahahhaha   ;D
  13. ELDERCLANLEADER
    BigDaddyJohn ... you hit the nail on its head AGAIN!

    The original predator was very much a product of its time , Vietnam was still fresh in the public minds of America etc. Predator clearly took inspiration from the films around that time, so I'm of agreement that the first did have political undertones.

    Why can't this new film be a product of "our" time ?

    @azamatic ... Iv decided to join the dark side mwahahahaha!!!!  ;)
  14. BigDaddyJohn
    Skull splitter that was my fear too , but Iv come to like the new take on the aliens reasons for being here. It's still not a road I would of gone down if I was making it however, I suppose Iv realised I can kick and scream as much as I want it's not going to xhange anything the film is coming the way it is, so I better find reasons now for liking it.

    Which means the "climate change" agenda will be peddled.

    Great. Politics in a Pred film.

    There was politics in the first Predator movie. In a different way, but politics still.
  15. Original Predator
    Skull splitter that was my fear too , but Iv come to like the new take on the aliens reasons for being here. It's still not a road I would of gone down if I was making it however, I suppose Iv realised I can kick and scream as much as I want it's not going to xhange anything the film is coming the way it is, so I better find reasons now for liking it.

    Which means the "climate change" agenda will be peddled.

    Great. Politics in a Pred film.
  16. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Skull splitter that was my fear too , but Iv come to like the new take on the aliens reasons for being here. It's still not a road I would of gone down if I was making it however, I suppose Iv realised I can kick and scream as much as I want it's not going to xhange anything the film is coming the way it is, so I better find reasons now for liking it.
  17. ELDERCLANLEADER
    BigDaddyJohn .. yeah I guess I am actually , perhaps I'm lazy and don't like change.

    Some of the jokes works but too much and it kills it , this is my concern too.

    I don't know but there is plenty to sink our teeth into when it comes out. ;)
  18. BigDaddyJohn
    Original predator hi my friend , I cannot really say without spoilers , but it's fair to say it's not the predator formula we are all used to , naturally that is going to upset a lot of fans. That's what I meant by a dangerous game. I read the script again a few days ago and I have come to like the plot , there are still a few wtf moments , but overall it's not as bad as I first thought.

    I know iv contradicted myself I apologise for that , honestly I don't think the plot is anywhere near as bad as people have made out , including myself. Now I have read it a few times it's grown on me to be honest. My only issue is the comedic tone.

    Ahhh finally !  :laugh:

    You're joining in the positive bandwagon ! Haha more seriously though, too much humor can be dangerous IMO, but i honestly liked a lot of the jokes and comical situations,
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  19. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Original predator hi my friend , I cannot really say without spoilers , but it's fair to say it's not the predator formula we are all used to , naturally that is going to upset a lot of fans. That's what I meant by a dangerous game. I read the script again a few days ago and I have come to like the plot , there are still a few wtf moments , but overall it's not as bad as I first thought.

    I know iv contradicted myself I apologise for that , honestly I don't think the plot is anywhere near as bad as people have made out , including myself. Now I have read it a few times it's grown on me to be honest. My only issue is the comedic tone.
  20. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Even for someone like me who's pessimistic about
    the quality of the film , I'm pretty sure it will better than predators , and that to me can only be a good thing. Watching Adrien Brody pretend to be Dutch was just a cheese fest. Anything has gotta be better than that.
  21. Corporal Hicks
    I have to agree with Johnny here. People are too quick to just go into panic mode and declare the film as doomed. We haven't seen it. We've only got access to parts of it. Let's actually wait to see the finished product before forming a final opinion.
  22. Johnny Handsome
    Guys, i understand that the news about the reshoots can be worrisome, but movies with excessive reshoots can turn out very good.

    Lets take the first Predator, they shut down the production so long that Arnold went to film "The Running Man" in the meantime, they rewrote the entire third act, the original ending had the showdown on the Predator ship for example.

    They had to reshoot all cloaking shots, Predator shots etc... for the better, without that no one would be here talking about the movie.

    Don't doom the movie just yet.
  23. Petr Švancara
    Azamultic - You dont get what Im trying to say, Im not talking about bad movies from good directors or vice versa. . Im talking here because Shane Black reshoot the ENTIRE third act, and thats really important fact. Dont you get it? How many directors reshoot that much amount of material in their movies? This is for sure not a common thing, is it happens? Yes, it happens sometimes, but its not normal. Do you remember what Shane said long before? He said, that this would be an event movie (funny, still no marketing) and he also said that this Predator film will have the biggest budget. . dont you understand that the ENTIRE third act is now completely deleted? In other words. . part of the budget is now gone, just because they throw the first already filmed version of that part of the movie out of the window! Do you think that they have unlimited resources, and cash for this kind of nonsense behaviour? Maybe, but it is for sure expensive. . and we still dont know how this "rodeo" can harm the movie itself, and thats the damn reason of why Im talking about this. In the normal way, they should made the movie somehow good on their first try, sure. . they can made mistakes, but remember that when you made mistake. . you will always pay for it. And this is serious film production, and not some homework from the school that you can always repeat, do you understand that difference? This is business, its all about money. So, if they reshoot that much, it could badly harm the overall movie development in some way. No surprise that they give us the damn trailer that late (some people in Cinemacon already see it) especially when they must rework a significant amount of their previous material. And now tell me that everything behind this is looking good, tell me that there is zero negative informations, and dont forget that the original first and second act from the film is still unchanged.
  24. azamultic
    Petr you being very categorical about movie making process.

    "If he will be really that good and experienced, he would made it perfect straight from the beginning."  This is very simplistic view on the movie buisness. Damn even experienced directors do make not suscesful movies, Redley Scott (Alien), John Mctiernan (Predator)  did make questionable movies too. So this is very closeminded view on the whole movie craft thing. Same about artist, sometimes even expirienced and good artist can make not a good or to say "not popular" art piece.
  25. Petr Švancara
    BidDaddyJohn - Why they create such a nonsense? I mean, why not make it good for the first time. They made reshoots, Im more than okey with it, hell. . Im really glad for it, it made me happy. . but once again, why? Shane Black is not capable to made it good on the first try? These reshoots basically give the whole movie a second chance. If he will be really that good and experienced, he would made it perfect straight from the beginning. It seems that In this case, reshoots are something like a film repair process, huh. And it already slightly damaged the film itself, because the whole damn trailer and everything behind it is coming a little bit later to us.
  26. BigDaddyJohn
    They might have dropped
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    since Fox loves filming cheaply in British Columbia. Every other X-Men movie films in the exact same forest.

    No cuban pete..

    no winsome babes in daisy dukes..

    :(

    Shame i like that part... The gator joke got me good 

    I wonder who could play Cutter though... No sign of him in the casting list, maybe they changed his name, or scrapped his part...
    Yeah I just thought about that

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    I’d bank on there being no Cutter in the movie.  He doesn’t really add anything and then just disappears at the end.

    True  :laugh:

    Anyway i like the fact that they changed act 3, i hope the final battle is modified,
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  27. Ramjet311
    They might have dropped
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    since Fox loves filming cheaply in British Columbia. Every other X-Men movie films in the exact same forest.

    No cuban pete..

    no winsome babes in daisy dukes..

    :(

    Shame i like that part... The gator joke got me good 

    I wonder who could play Cutter though... No sign of him in the casting list, maybe they changed his name, or scrapped his part...
    Yeah I just thought about that

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    I’d bank on there being no Cutter in the movie.  He doesn’t really add anything and then just disappears at the end.
  28. The Wolverine Predator
    They might have dropped
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    since Fox loves filming cheaply in British Columbia. Every other X-Men movie films in the exact same forest.

    No cuban pete..

    no winsome babes in daisy dukes..

    :(

    Shame i like that part... The gator joke got me good 

    I wonder who could play Cutter though... No sign of him in the casting list, maybe they changed his name, or scrapped his part...
    Yeah I just thought about that

    Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk

  29. BigDaddyJohn
    They might have dropped
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    since Fox loves filming cheaply in British Columbia. Every other X-Men movie films in the exact same forest. :laugh:

    No cuban pete..

    no winsome babes in daisy dukes..

    :(

    Shame i like that part... The gator joke got me good  :laugh:

    I wonder who could play Cutter though... No sign of him in the casting list, maybe they changed his name, or scrapped his part...
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