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“There’s Infinite Variability” – Shane Black Talks Reinventing The Predator

Now that we’ve got the first teaser trailer for The Predator, the flood gates on marketing seem to have opened! JoBlo and CinemaBlend have just released interviews from their own set visits that took place in April 2017.

First up we have JoBlo’s new article, a really interesting interview that was conducted with Shane Black while on set. Black talks working with Fred Dekker, giving his actors the freedom for improvisation, on the focus of the main characters suffering from PTSD, Logan’s influence and plenty of really interesting thoughts!

If you’re a listener to our podcasts or a reader of our reviews you’ll have seen I like to mention how flexible I believe the Predator series is. This is something Black talks about a few times throughout the interview and how it effected the approach he took with The Predator:

“Well, I think that there’s a basic premise that has to be honored every time you make a Predator film and that’s in some way, whatever the plot turns out to be, it has to, at some level, represent a hunt. But, beyond that I think there’s infinite variability. It’s like, monkey bars, you ever play on the jungle gym when you were a kid? It looks like they’re rigid and hard and it’d be hard to play on these things because they’re so rough, but if you go inside them there’s actually a lot of room to move around, you just know that the borders are there every once in a while.

 "There’s Infinite Variability" - Shane Black Talks Reinventing The Predator

The Predator director also spoke about his decision to cast people decidedly un-Arnold like, Black said it was a “reaction against perfection and the Predator going up against a perfect specimen all the time. And that being solely based on physical appearance and muscles and I thought, well, maybe misfits; maybe there’s a version in which misfits play more of a role and maybe there’s even a sense that The Predator himself is even an outcast. So, we were trying to find thematic elements that work for us.”

CinemaBlend have also posted a small article with Boyd Holbrook’s about the how and why of how Quinn McKenna responds to the Predators in the new film:

“I’ve seen something, and maybe there is a familiarity. I wouldn’t want to say that he’s a UFO conspiracy theorist, but he’s heard of things and seen things, and that may be a reference to the original. So that’s the reference to the original, which we are of keeping in lineage.”

 "There’s Infinite Variability" - Shane Black Talks Reinventing The Predator

We expect the rest of the bigger movie outlets will also start to release their set reports in the coming days. Thanks to ace3g for the news.

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