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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. Stealth_Hunter
    Man, i'm so glad i didn't read that and going in mostly "unprepared".

    Not only does reading a script before ruin the experience, but now it's not even that relevant anymore and lots of energy in trashing that early draft was for nothing.


    I didnt read it either but feel like I know a little too much with some discussions on the site going without spoiler tags. Now I don't know what's been changed, kept or scrapped so that's good.


    so much energy went into trashing it I took a break from coming here because mostly spoilers were being discussed. I am still considering not watching the trailer so I go in as fresh as possible
  2. Hollywood
    Man, i'm so glad i didn't read that and going in mostly "unprepared".

    Not only does reading a script before ruin the experience, but now it's not even that relevant anymore and lots of energy in trashing that early draft was for nothing.

    I didnt read it either but feel like I know a little too much with some discussions on the site going without spoiler tags. Now I don't know what's been changed, kept or scrapped so that's good.
  3. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Hicks I take it fox barred you from posting it correct ? Does that mean fox has influence on the site ? Just curious that's all... ???

    @johnny handsome it's way too early to say what made the final film , at this point it's all speculation,  until we get to either see a trailer or see the film .. I'm backing a large portion of the script remains unchanged.
  4. Johnny Handsome
    Man, i'm so glad i didn't read that and going in mostly "unprepared".

    Not only does reading a script before ruin the experience, but now it's not even that relevant anymore and lots of energy in trashing that early draft was for nothing.
  5. Ramjet311
    I dont see a problem in sharing the original script anymore as i dare say its been rewritten enough where maybe only 30-50% remain.

    So if anyone wants a copy im happy to pass it on to the diehard fans only, and at a price ( Im kidding ).

    See us Australians are lovely people
  6. Huggs
    I'm in total agreement with you on that, the ending kinda made it sound too sloppy, I liked mostly everything leading up to it

    As someone who didn't read the script, that's encouraging to hear.

    Yeah the first two acts contains a few peculiar stuff but are really cool overall !

    Just for the sake of asking, is it still floating around out there?
  7. Corporal Hicks
    Alright gents. No point in having an argument over stuff that took place in the past if you're not going to actually get the posts you're talking about. If you can't/wont provide the quotes, move on.
  8. ELDERCLANLEADER
    I don't need evidence Hollywood , stop being weird man. I know what you said  I remember everything. If you wasn't biased you would hold your hands up and say "yeah I got that wrong " but you can't do it , can you.? I said the exact same thing as hicks and you ridiculed me for it , hicks says the same thing and suddenly it's the truth ( hicks not a dig at you bro ) just putting the facts together.
  9. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Nah it's not worth it bud , it would take me for ever on a iPhone,  just wanted to point out that people are watching what you are saying , and I will pull you when you are going against something you have said previously. And indeed you did that and you know it !  ;D

    And please enlighten me , what good news has come out about this film , that's exciting ? Is there any wonder why some of us sound negative ?
  10. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Do you really need me to go through the threads and start pulling those quotes out ? Because I will if I have to. I used Harry Potter and spiderman as examples about not going against fan wishes and the importance of character development. And yes fox is killing predators off to easily , the evidence is in the films, we go from the first , basically the  entire spec ops gets killed barring Dutch , the same formula for the second , avp comes out 3 pred deaths then to 2010s predators and four predator deaths were on screen ,predators are dropping dead quicker than a may fly these days.
  11. Hollywood
    You're making general statements as to what I've said and conveniently not quoting me directly. You haven't said the exact same as others, you're hyperbolic with nearly all information we get and tend to lean towards the negative with it.

    I listen to everything you said from your comparing Predators to Harry Potter and Spiderman, to saying their motivations should not change and they die too easy. I'm not ignoring you, just disagreeing and stating why I disagree.

    I'm not contradicting myself just because you feel upset at my "bias" against you - I haven't even interacted with you in months. I think you're the one who wants to argue for some reason. I stand by everything I say.
  12. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Hollywood I said the same thing to you, months back, and you just argued and argued with me. In fact practically everything I said you tried to pick a fight over.  I said predator is supposed to be mysterious, you argued about that , I said predators are supposed to be near invincible , you argued with me on that , yet other members have said the same thing and you don't argue with them.

    I'm just curious, how when I say something you don't listen and try to debate with me but when another member says the same thing you do listen.

    That's where your contradictions are, and it seems awfully biased to who you "like" and who you don't, from where I'm standing. Just wanted to point that out.

    Also the fact they have changed the entire third act, tells us the screenings were not mixed but were negative, no studio would reshoot that much film and waste that much money if the screenings were mixed. It's fair to say the screenings were overwhelmingly negative, otherwise we would have a trailer by now , and the third act would remain the same .
  13. Hollywood
    Quote me directly, EVIL. I don't feel I'm contradicting myself at all. Seems like so long ago, honestly, the only thing I remember is you begging me to stop taking you to school or something before changing your name and picture. I trust Corporal when he said:
    Do we have any reactions to the test screening other than the one saying that it's horrible?

    Not publicly but I've heard from folk who just hated it and from those that really enjoyed once they got over it wasn't the typical Predator formula.

    If the additional shooting toned down humor then it's a result of mixed (not overtly negative) screenings. And if the humor wasnt toned down then I believe it's not a problem in the first place.
  14. ELDERCLANLEADER
    Hollywood I'm curious as to why you seem to contradict yourself a lot ? Last time I spoke to you, you made it out and argued for days with me o that in your opinion the screenings were not negative as two people didn't like it and one did , "so it was hardly negative" is what you said . Now it seems you acknowledge that the screenings were bad after all ?

     Also I wanted to highlight the fact that many members have described predator as being mysterious since we had that debate. So it's not only me that thinks that.

    Most of us think that certain things about predator should be kept a mystery, and I whole heartedly agree.
  15. Hollywood
    For what i said earlier my bad, you are all right ! I totally mispeak sorry  :laugh: I wasn't tuned down during the test screenings, i wanted to say that it was probably taken into consideration by fox in order to tune it down later. But obviously we have no official confirmation for that either, yes.

    If enough people in the test screenings had the same feedback about the humor, Fox for sure took it into consideration. That's the whole point of the test screenings at least. They can't take out all the humor if they primarily changed the third act but who knows what they can do with editing.
  16. BigDaddyJohn
    For what i said earlier my bad, you are all right ! I totally mispoke sorry  :laugh: It wasn't tuned down during the test screenings, i wanted to say that it was probably taken into consideration by fox in order to tune it down later. But obviously we have no official confirmation for that either, yes.
  17. Original Predator
    I'm sorry, but I feel as though Dutch should have a cameo in the middle of the film rather than the end ( if at all) (if I was the writer).  I don't feel as if Dutch needs to play a huge part in this film or future films.  Remember how awesome it was when Dutch first graced the screen in the original?  How he carried himself around the General and Agent Dillon?  How kick ass would it be if he walked into the facility (spoiler***area52) and gave advice to the team?  Or even gave his two cents in on the whole facility/ operation...like Ian Malcom is to Jurassic Park.

    Anything along these lines would've been way too simple and would have been too easy to execute. 

    Instead Fox and Black had to think "big" go full blown "comic book" and say "who cares" to any previous possible story line-over-due for expansion.  Who cares if that's what's been missing all along since the 90's. 

    I mean where has a formula that brought back an original well-beloved character that was entrenched in the first film, who's story was expanded and made richer and to introduce and inject new hero's and/or characters into a franchise, ever worked ever????  (And best to avoid the beloved-character in the case he's "too old".  Old people definitely don't work in action movies.) 

    Not Aliens
    Not the recent Blade Runner
    Not T2
    Not the first 3 Die-Hard's
    Not Blade 2
    Not any of the Star Wars
    Not the Dark Knights
    Not Any of the Mad Max's
    Not the recent Wolverine
    Not Lethal Weapon 4
    Not John Wick
    Not Any of the Rocky's
    Not the 2008 Rambo

    No.  Let's make this about the Predators they are the main focus.  Let's have the audience "bond" with a good Predator or two and his story.

    No one cares about the previous cool-well-known character(s) and integrating an actual story focusing on them, having the Predator be this mysterious force that drives the character(s) actions, as that would make for a horrible movie. 

    What they got now is definitely a good formula.

  18. Petr Švancara
    BigDaddyJohn - Wrong! Wrong! In the last test screening, people was complaining about the humor. Since the last test screening we only think that reshoot was done in order to tone the humor down, but it was only a theory. And it was a false theory, because now we have confirmation that reshoots was established in order to entirely change the final act. Where is the whole "humor is toned down" confirmation, huh? You should rather pay attention on what was said before and what is said now, reshoots change the third part of the movie, that is official statement of one of the actors. The whole "humor is toned down" words was made just by the avpgalaxy. Article say - Apparently, the reshoots were intended to tone that (humor) down in favor of more of a horror element. THIS is just a pure speculation by someone from this website, nothing more. There is a zero word about anything in regards of any humor from Keegan-Michael Key himself. So?
  19. BigDaddyJohn
    They confirmed the reason why they made reshoots, because they recreated the third act from scratch. But the information itself doesnt tell anything about less humor, so. . why this site speaking about the humor aspect that was toned down is beyond me. Someone here just saying something non-official, and thats all. Nice try avpgalaxy.

    Because the humor was tuned down in the test screening, that's why. And also because most of the set photos were darker than before, and that it could be related.
  20. Petr Švancara
    They confirmed the reason why they made reshoots, because they recreated the third act from scratch. But the information itself doesnt tell anything about less humor, so. . why this site speaking about the humor aspect that was toned down is beyond me. Someone here just saying something non-official, and thats all. Nice try avpgalaxy.
  21. BigDaddyJohn
    I wouldn't call it rough. There's plenty of humor, some which misses, but most of it works. The third act was an overextended mess, though. That's what I'm hoping the reshoots fix.

    I'm happy they're taking their time and making decisions that will hopefully make the movie better instead of rushing it out. I bet test screening audiences have similar opinions to you and others here. I would like if they released the alternate ending though after The Predator is in and out of theaters. I'd be curious to see it.

    The ending was kinda over the top, but i would like to see it as well if possible.
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  22. Hollywood
    I wouldn't call it rough. There's plenty of humor, some which misses, but most of it works. The third act was an overextended mess, though. That's what I'm hoping the reshoots fix.

    I'm happy they're taking their time and making decisions that will hopefully make the movie better instead of rushing it out. I bet test screening audiences have similar opinions to you and others here. I would like if they released the alternate ending though after The Predator is in and out of theaters. I'd be curious to see it.
  23. ELDERCLANLEADER
    I'm glad they are toning down the humour , I don't mind some jokes , sure the original was full of one liners but turning it into joke fest , takes something away for me . As crazy as I might sound, if there are aliens out there , I reckon some sort of species of alien , might resemble something akin to predator, so for me there should be an element of seriousness.
  24. BigDaddyJohn
    Damn
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    Changing the third act wouldn't do away with the humor. It's all over the script.

    At least there'll be less of it, so it seems. I never saw the script though. Was it really that rough?

    In all honesty it was really funny, too funny IMO for a predator movie, even though it wasn't a comedy either.
  25. funk_master_chunk
    I believe

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