The Predator

Date Released: September 14, 2018 (September 12, 2018 – UK)
Directed By:
Shane Black
Certificate: US: R | UK: 15
The Hunt Has Evolved
Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn…

 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 is Announced

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?

There were rumours circulating for years that Arnold Schwarzenegger might reprise his role as Dutch Schaefer. In June 2015, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he hadn’t been contacted about Shane Black’s Predator sequel. In March 2016, Arnold Schwarzenegger will be having lunch with director Shane Black to discuss The Predator. Schwarzenegger was very unhappy with the script and refused to take part, saying he’d only do it if “there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role.”

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.

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 study the alien creature.
  • Trevante Rhodes as Nebraska Williams, one of the Loonies who Quinn meets on the prison bus.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Coyle, a man who joins Quinn and Williams to fight the Predators.
  • Sterling K. Brown as William Traeger, a CIA agent who imprisons Quinn but later works together.
  • Jacob Tremblay as Quinn’s autistic son, Rory, who is able to read the Predator language.
  • Yvonne Strahovski as Quinn’s ex-wife Emily and the mother to Rory.
  • Alfie Allen as Lynch, a former Marine who is part of the Loonies group.
  • Thomas Jane as Baxley,  a military veteran from the Afghanistan and Iraq war who has Tourettes.
  • Augusto Aguilera as Nettles, one of the Loonies group.
  • Jake Busey as Sean Keyes, the son of Peter Keyes, from Predator 2 is a scientist for the government agency.
  • Niall Matter as Sapir.
 The Predator (2018)

Sterling K Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Shane Black, Olivia Munn & Keegan-Michael Key


The Predator was originally due to begin filming in September 2016 but that was delayed. Filming commenced in February 20, 2017 and ended 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 handled the practical effects such as the Predator costume.


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.

Sex Offender Controversy

 The Predator (2018)

Olivia Munn

Just hours before The Predator was due to premiere on September 6th, it was reported that 20th Century Fox had cut a scene out at the last minute featuring Steven Wilder Striegel who was a registered sex offender. L.A. Times reported it with statements from actress Olivia Munn, director Shane Black and 20th Century Fox. Fox stated they weren’t aware of Striegel’s background but Shane Black initially tried to defend Striegel, who was a friend of his. Later the same day, Black apologised and said he was ‘misled’ by a friend. Olivia Munn criticised Shane Black for casting him but thanked Fox for deleting the scene.

Munn also criticised her castmates for not giving her any support. On September 8th, The Predator cast members were scheduled to do interviews at TIFF to promote the film. Munn later said a number of them cancelled any interviews along side her and one even walked out of an interview when the deleted scene was mentioned. Olivia Munn said that none of her castmates had reached out to her and criticised them for making her feel like the bad guy. She did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter and she said she felt lonely sitting there by herself and Shane Black hadn’t spoken to her directly but appreciates his public apology.

As part of L.A. Times’ original report, they asked the other castmembers for statements but they refused. Munn said she had contacted them directly and encouraged them to make statements. None of them did but made some comments in the subsequent days. Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes and Augusto Aguilera did an video interview with L.A. Times. Rhodes and Aguilera said they weren’t disappointed in Black but more at the situation and thanked Olivia for speaking up. Munn said she didn’t accept Black’s apology because it wasn’t done to her personally.

The next day on September 8th, Keegan-Michael Key issued a statement and said that he wasn’t scheduled to do any interviews with Munn and that he’d reached out to her the previous week to say he was proud of her. Sterling K. Brown also issued a statement apologising to Munn and thanked Fox for deleting the scene. On September 10th. Boyd Holbrook apologised for being quiet but thanked Munn for speaking up. He said he did cancel press interviews on the previous Saturday because he didn’t want to cause any further pain to the victim.

On September 13th, the victim involved in Striegel’s crime came forward and identified herself. She thanked Munn for raising the situation. On September 17th, Jake Busey told Vanity Fair “I think it could’ve been done like a month from now, and let the studio and the director have their night of the release and the movie, and not destroy the movie over a discovery that was made a year after filming—and 10 years after the incident. I think the timing could have been better. The director was in tears at the red carpet, which is not really the way you want it to be. But it’s done, it’s put to bed.” Olivia Munn took to Twitter to criticise Vanity Fair for running the story with Jake Busey and said she wasn’t responsible for putting the story out publicly.

The deleted scene in question would have served as Casey Bracket’s introduction. Striegel played a jogger who bumps into Casey as she is with her dog.


The Predator currently has a 33% ‘Rotten’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 255 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. The Predator ended up making $51M domestically and $109.5m overseas for a worldwide total of $160.5m.


A novelization of The Predator, written by Christopher Golden and a prequel novelization called  The Predator: Hunters And Hunted, written by James A. Moore were released shortly after the film came out. NECA also released a Fugitive Predator figure and later a Thermal Vision Fugitive Predator figure in December 2018. They’re currently working on an Assassin Predator figure too.

The Predator Stills

You can find more images on Private: The Predator Production Stills and Private: The Predator Promo Images.

The Predator Concept Art

You can find more images on Private: The Predator Concept Art.

The Predator Magazine Articles

Empire (July 2018)
Total Film (August 2018)
Empire (August 2018)
SciFi Now (September 2018)
SFX (September 2018)
Starburst (September 2018)

The Predator News Archive

Genetic Aberrations, Revisiting The Predator – AvP Galaxy Podcast #95 ()
CoolProps Unveil Predator Hound Concept Maquette! ()
Writer Fred Dekker Talks Original Third Act for The Predator ()
Shane Black & Fred Dekker’s Early Draft of The Predator ()
Jake Busey Talks The Predator Deleted Scenes ()

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

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Comments: 440
  1. I love the Predator franchise. It’s been thirty years since the first time I watched the original and it still gives me the occasional nightmare. I’m looking forward to number 4 as I’m sure many people are. However I agree with some of the other commentators, finsh the last story before you start another. Let Royce and Isabella make it off of the planet along with a few new cast members. Then make Predator 5/”Predator 3v3″ about the three who got away (Dutch, Harrigan & Royce). But then again what do I know, I’m just a cabinet maker not a producer.

  2. Kinda not excited based on everyone evolved (except Shane). But that doesnt mean anything.
    I would really like to see very grounded horror predator movie with high adrenaline. Just no hope, no rest, slashing, hunting, type of movie.
    And where predator would actually kill them all (probably not gonna happen coz ppl like happy endings).
    And lets hope we dont see female predator. At least if its something that gets pointed out and they make it so it stands out (not visually, I’d be ok if its bigger and it doesnt have boobs that would distract, or if they start explaining it with story…).
    Might be just like predator 1, fun action with gang cast with some humor.

  3. Do a predators 4 without comedy. Comedy will ruin this franchise. Show Adrian Brody and a new group of people getting off the planet.

  4. Why start a whole new film when fans are still waiting to find out what the hell happened to the survivors of Predators the way it ended I was sure the film would have a sequel, what a waste.

  5. hi all i am elder shadow warrior i am best hunter sierr stalker and k09 battle vs rogen predator aalst i have predator trofy proof me self ilke predator 2 movie give gun to hero thx fachbook schan black

  6. I hope to see avp3 think of that a new wolf sent by his king to find out what happened to the crash ship and the wolf who came to clean up the mess we hope to see AVP3 AVP3 Avp3 pleas listing to your fans a little make what we want withthat as this movie want have become famous

  7. Pleas let the new predator movie look different from the previews once mk the it suit, equipment more advance like the blood predators add more modern equipment to it i think an elite/ wolf predator is gud for this movie

  8. What about going back to the Engineers(Promethis) and the Aliens with a Predator storyline that wraps in different technology and helps evolve the war/hunt. Those three would make a great movie. The big advanced Engineers who gets infected and the alien from them would impregnate and Predator, which of course Man must step up and stop from time traveling to past where there is less chance of stop the coming Alien takeover. Or they go to the future and Earth has become a water world in which case we get to see aliens that mix with marine life like in the Colonial Marine comics. A new character from that comic series would kick ass, the cover has a marine with several inner mouths from queen aliens around his neck and and face hugger head as dagger handel. This movie franchise is only limited by their imaginations. With war and time traveling there is no end to what can come out of this….

  9. Hello my name is Christian Stair and i have an amazing idea for an Alien vs Predator movie. You can contact me on facebook

  10. Predator returns too a hidden underground alien prison in the deep Africa jungle only to destroying it after fighting off fierce rebels who no about this treasure.and collecting evidence and killing those who protects any remaining dead predator weaponry after the nuclear missle struck the town in the Avp 2 film but the advance weaponry was heavenly guarded but unfortunately predator gets what he needs part2..

  11. yeah would love to see the Predators point of view but we need to see more than 3 I would love to see their planet see how they live and how there leadership is. hell lets make a movie about us invading them or we making peace with them idk I love avp,alien and Predator and hope to see more of them and wish they made more but I guess that’s what draws us in lol

  12. I want to see this movie go absolutely ape shit!! I’m thinking a slightly new tangent that ties in to the last movie where we were introduced to another race of the Preditors who are more dominant though seemingly less tech savvy then the Preditors we are familiar with. Think The Colesium…the larger Preditors bring their top game prizes that have been captured alive and bout them against each other, and the Cliff hanger is this beast that just tears a Queen Alien apart like she’s child’s fodder and all the unlikely allies who have teemed up to survive this ordeal have to band together to kill this thing…which has never been done before, thus earning their freedom and a ride home…or you know the last one standing. I can just picture a Preditor picking up some poor creature and using it as a shield then a club to kill something.

  13. i am a biggest alien and predator fan ever im excited that they are just have the fourth predator movie coming in feb 9 2018 im ready for that movie if they the fifth predator movie somebody will play the female predator like emma watson or charlotte mckinney for the role of the alien creature then if syfy will they make a tv series based on the franchise call predator the series and like predator vs species that will be the next movie predator lives forever

  14. Robert Rodriguez 1996 original script under ( Related links ) would be a good movie. It’s in the future and Dutch ( Arnold Sshwarzenegger ) is captured by earth soldiers wearing predator gear. Intense!

  15. My story looks beyond Dutch or should I say ” nothing to do with Dutch”. This story is about the struggle of a mother and father on an unknown planet in an unknown universe trying to raise, protect, and get back to earth. ( In their minds)

  16. Tj is my name what about the last two characters that played in Predator that survived on that planet are they going to reenact it from that point on and then add Arnold Schwarzenegger in it or what

  17. Keep it simple but imaginative. Do a sequel with Adrien Brody & Alice Braga. The only 2 survivors along with the parachutes falling from sky. Start the movie with flashbacks of Royce & Isabelle getting to safety as the parachutes drop. Keep focus on Royce & Isez. After they are safe. Show flashbacks of the predators killing the different alien prey falling from the sky. After killing their prey, hunting season on this planet has ended. They leave. This give Royce & Isez time to heal and become close. Fast- forward 10-12yrs., now Royce & Isez have a daughter. Not just a daughter, a very smart highly trained killer. The story should focus on Royce & Isez struggle to survive in hopes of getting their daughter to earth. Show their struggles, training, ups and downs over the decade they’ve been there raising their daughter. Show how they discovered new weapons from nature, predators and other resources. Remember this is over a 10-12yr period. Now Royce & Isez plan is about to unfold. There is a hunt coming soon. Plan: Same plan from first movie. Steal a predator’s ship, but they had 12yrs to plan it.

  18. The script should be about a woman predator dadleir than the male predators who kills Differently, only ribs out hearts not skin and hang people, coz we already know that predators skin and hangs people ,lol and a woman who is sex crazy ,who rapes men and kills them and falls pragnant .eventualy a retired soldier dutch and a retired glover are called and the Predator remembers them ,dutch killed her gran father (predator) and glover killed her father (predator2)

  19. they should be doing some stories from the comics also seeing alot of films now a days where they are leaving the story up in the air , its like telling a story with a start middle but no end .

  20. I wasnt a big fan until predators! Bring back brody and the girl and continuation of last stoy line. It was amazing a revived the franchise in my opinion.

    Thanks. Big Fan

  21. Like jesus… they need to do a home world movie. And I wish they release a detailed biography of a yautja. Otherwise I’m so excited

  22. Another big movie. Big mean Preds doin there thing
    Bigger Badder meaner and louder. We don’t see them enough. Eventually a weekly series would be good
    Let’s meet a female pred. Tall, lean but frighteningly

  23. Last movie on the alien planet is where the next movie should pick up. So many questions. We need to see new faces. Let Arnold Schwarzenegger rest!

  24. I would like to see something new. I would like to see The Predator,Terminator and Aliens all come together. Lets see Arnold return to both of his hit movies. In Arnold’s voice “I will be back. “

  25. Eventually, have a meeting between predator and the creatures from 10 Cloverfield Lane after more is revealed about the Cloverfield creatures.

  26. I would love to be on the Upcoming Predator movie. Everyone says my eyes are very scary, they look like the I eye of a tiger, and i have a lot of sense of humor. I can act as well. My personality that i have everyone loves it. I don’t have enemies I make friends. Please give me a chance? My numbers or 409-3507812 and 409- 8980810. I always dreamed about this. Please make it come true. I will not disappoint you.

  27. It all sounds good, but how about another blockbuster with or without aliens. Just keep them big, mean and dangerous. We all love to see them but it seems we don’t see them enough. Perhaps another movie where there is all out war with Preds and aliens and humans in space and planetside. One predator rebels against his own, ends up back on earth. Stays here helping out with our crims with a Chris Hemsworth type character, all the while his own race send one to destroy him each week on a weekly Tv series. That way we get to see them more. Maybe Im just rambling, cant help it. Would love to see a female Predator. Im sure they exist. Way bigger, say 3 metres tall but lean and terribly frightening and dangerous. But hot in a pred way.

  28. Also what would be cool Is to keep doing Predator movies where they are dealing with humans most of the time, then The predators movie should stay in its own universe for a while. Take the first Predators and expand it with other alien style creatures and humans being dropped onto the planet,survival of the fittest. Then once you have a few movies under the belt of Predators, and Predator have a end game of movies where they all fight like gladiator style. On each home planet and the winner gets to keep the planet!

  29. Make a Civil war style Predator movie where the different clans of Predators are fighting to show who is the more powerful and Intelligent. On their word!

  30. Robert’s Idea is best. We should have a series of period films involving Predators through out history. A Ship in the 1800’s, Western, Indonesia back 1000 years ago. 1700’s japan.

  31. I think they should call it planet preditor and have the predators come to earth asking for help because their planet is under attack.

  32. Why not make a movie on their home world. Make a movie from when the Predator is born. How does the Predator become a predator. Or make a movie where the Predators government and other world’s government and our government secretly sets up a Ultimate tournament of the world’s best. I have some more ideas.

  33. The movie prediator 3 is superb. Each and everyone play a greattt.. role. This part is one of my best part.plz make sequal from this planet.the story of the 4 part starts from the end of 3

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