The Predator

Date Released: September 14, 2018 (September 12, 2018 – UK)
Directed By:
Shane Black
Certificate: US: R | UK: 15
Tagline:
The Hunt Has Evolved
Length: 
107mins
Starring:
Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn…
Budget:
$88M

 The Predator (2018)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 was released September 14, 2018 in the United States while the UK got it two days earlier on September 12th.

Official Synopsis

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled Science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

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 Predator was delayed yet another time and ill now be released September 14, 2018.

The Director of The Predator

As stated above, Shane Black is directing 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 (2018)

Shane Black

The Predator Cast

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Return to Predator? The Predator (2018)

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 current cast are as follows:

  • Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, a former Marine and Special Forces commando who discovers the existence of the Predators. James Franco was originally offered the role before Benicio del Toro was cast, but Del Toro later backed out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Olivia Munn as Casey Bracket, an evolutionary scientist and a biologist. Her character is brought in by the CIA to look at some samples.
  • Trevante Rhodes as Nebraska Williams, a former Marine who enlists in a special Predator-hunting operation headed up by Quinn, his best friend.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as a man who joins Quinn and Williams to fight the Predators.
  • Sterling K. Brown as a government agent who imprisons Quinn but later needs his help with fighting the Predators.
  • Jacob Tremblay as Quinn’s troubled son, Rory, who has a form of autism and is bullied in school but becomes a key player in the fight against the Predators due to his preternatural ability to learn languages.
  • Yvonne Strahovski as Quinn’s ex-wife Emily and the mother to Rory.
  • Alfie Allen as a former Marine who joins the group to stop the Predators in suburbia.
  • Thomas Jane as a military veteran from the Afghanistan and Iraq war who is suffering from PTSD.
  • Augusto Aguilera
  • Jake Busey as the son of Peter Keyes, from Predator 2.
  • Edward James Olmos as a military general.
  • Niall Matter as Sapir.

The Cast of The Predator

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. The film will be set in suburbia. In May 2017, some set pictures were leaked showing the characters and some Predators in tanks. The premise is that a Predator Mother Ship accidentally crashes onto Earth which releases a lot of Predators. It’s up to a former marine called Quinn McKenna to team up with other veterans to stop them.

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 The Predator (2018)

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.

Production

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).

Marketing

The first teaser trailer was shown at Cinemacon in April 2018 and it was later released online on May 10, 2018.

On June 26, 2018, a new The Predator trailer was released.

On August 31, 2018, 20th Century Fox released the final trailer for The Predator.

Reception

The Predator currently has a 34% ‘Rotten’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 210 reviews. The film gained a mixed reception with critics. Many praised the characters and the relationships with each other and the film is very gory and graphic despite copious amounts of CGI blood. The film, however, falls apart in the final act – many reviewers said it was rushed, badly edited and the visual effects were poor. The new Upgrade Predator also doesn’t bring much to the table other than being bigger and stronger than a regular Predator.

Box Office

In its first weekend, The Predator came out on top with $24 million domestically while overseas, it made $30.7 million for a worldwide total of $54.7 million. For comparison sake. 2010’s Predators made $24.7m in its opening weekend while AvP Requiem made $10m. They both went on to make around $128m worldwide. The bad news, both those movies were made for around $45m and media outlets are reporting that The Predator cost $88m to make.

Merchandise

There will be a novelization written by Christopher Golden and a prequel novelization called  The Predator: Hunters And Hunted, written by James A. Moore. NECA will release two Predator figures from the movie – the Fugitive Predator and the Upgrade Predator.

Gallery

Upgraded Predator
Upgraded Predator
Fugitive Predator
Fugitive Predator

You can view more pictures in the The Predator Gallery.

Teaser Trailer Captures

You can view more pictures in the Teaser Trailer gallery.

The Predator News Archive

ADI Shares Concept Art Exploring Design of the Emissary Predators! ()
Behind-the-Scenes Images of A “Face-Hugger” Inspired Breathing Mask for Alternate Ending of The Predator! ()
Kyle Brown Shares New Predator Killer Concept Art! ()
Check Out More Predator Hybrid Concepts in Artwork from Ben Mauro! ()
Preview of The Predator Behind-the-Scenes Feature Predator Evolution ()

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

Related Links

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

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  2. Next movie could be predators have technology that has carbon freezed ancient warriors through out mankind’s history from samurai , ronin’s, pirates,ww1 and 2 military, Zulu warriors, martial artist ,etc you get the point lol but also include present day mankind with our advanced weaponary. We are let loose on there planet because each warrior was best at his or her time and has been preserved for a predators planet hunting tradition of mightiest warriors. At first its difficult for us to co exist because of language and time difference but we figure it out and get it together and have awesome war with greath hunting and stategy and intelligence as we find out more about predators culture and world while having some of the best kill scenes so Hollywood or whoever email me for more kidd.nina4lyfe@gmail.com lol


  3. Can I please have a full spoiler review I must know if munn is killed. Please let this be the first predator movie where a female character gets her skull and spine snatched out.


  4. I’ve always bin a a big fan of everything dealing with the predator. I may not be hard core like most of the fans but I do cosplay as the elder predator in Sacramento with blue dreds. And after hearing all the spoilers even how it ends, I still will go see it full costume wearing my pred armor stilts. I’m looking forward to this movie, because it could be the last if and when Disney decides to cut fox funding on any more predator sequels. Think about it Disney now owns Fox and will only support box office movies and not bombs. It could be the predators final bomb before it explodes to nothingness. Or it could be a hit in the right direction keeping the franchise alive and well for the predators to hunt some more prey. PRED CLAN ELDER OUT.


  5. I am rather upset that their new take is that the Predators are doing genetic modification to make themselves bigger and badder…
    Spoiler

    And am I the only one who got seriously mad with the torture/experiments done on the normal one before he gets out…


  6. At first, it seemed like a cool multiple predator team up to defeat a monster predator. Now, there is one normal predator, that gets his fucking head ripped off. So now its almost like the good guys aren’t going to be fighting a highly intelligent purposeful hunter rather than a beefed up monster. God I hope it’s not as bad as the first avp.


  7. As a Fan I have to say…
    Well, we look at it this way.
    You say “Look We are Making a New Predator Movie” Predator 4,
    We will not tell you anything about it , we will not show you any clips bar one that is the worst we can think of.
    You, The Fans, we will treat you with contempt and not let you know a thing about the Movie.
    Then you will say Come See Our New Movie Predator 4!
    We, the fans will say, why?
    You treat us like dirt and tell us nothing and then want us to spend our money on you!
    I get from all the feedback I have been seeing, hearing, That, that will be a NO Get Lost.

    Simple fact, if you want fans to remain fans then treat them with a bit of respect, Or, You will not have any fans!


  8. Are ALL the people behind this project INCLUDING ESPECIALLY Shane Black just jerks?

    First there are question marks about the script, issues concerning test screening reactions, then there are reshoots and now it appears that the much expected trailer supposedly this month isn’t going to be according Black’s Twitter page uploaded online but only available at Cinemacon and maybe as a trailer in cinemas.

    Well other than the seeming contempt now shown these days by Hollywood to the wider cinema going public in making such movies without any kind of decent and coherent plot that is respectful to the original source material there is NO excuse from 20th Century Fox in NOT having at least an online trailer release. (And if the movie is potentially as crap as rumoured it should never have got the green light.)

    The teaser for Alien Covenant was released 26th December 2016 and the movie itself was released May 2017 in the UK and US.-A gap of 5 months. So on that basis an April trailer would have been consistent with a September cinema release (assuming there’s going to be one instead of straight to DVD/Netflix)

    So for all the negativity, false expectations and hiatus surrounding this and for how it shows disrespect to the people who are interested in this franchise here,20th Century Fox’s audience backbone, to anyone at 20th Century Fox itself that reads this :

    F****** UNACCEPTABLE!!!


  9. Like many here, I’m a big fan of the Predator series, but the more new information I read about this film doesn’t make it very interesting to watch. I hope I’m wrong.


  10. Any truth to the rumor that FOX / Disney will release a 60 second spot for THE PREDATOR during the Super Bowl? I heard this – from all places – a source at a collectibles company. I can’t find anything to confirm.


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