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. Bring back any Predator movies! my husband and I have seen every one and we own every one! Sometimes we get them out and pop some pop corn and watch them,We even know the sentences they are going to say before they say them! Keep making them even if they don’t make it to the big screen. We will buy them.Thanks!

  2. I am a huge fan of The predator films each film has its own unique take on survival in a non traditional way. I own all of the films and have loved them since the first. What they did in the very first predator movie was unheard of at the time even more so if you consider how it began they came a long way from van damne in a pink crab suit running around the jungle to finally the finished product with Dutch. But what I’ve been waiting for is a deeper look into the predators themselves how they got this way is there children predators do they have traditional families?? Wives is there any women predators and are they as cold hearted and lethal as their male counterparts how do they train them from birth are their teenagers as unruly and crazy as ours or do they come out of the womb like the Aliens and minutes later become the adult versions from a simple shed of skin I mean the predators are kinda lizard like in the spikes on their hands to the tubes of dreads and razor sharp finger nails can we possibly answer some of these questions the only back story any of us fans have received was that from AVP and that just kinda explained more of how the ALIEN and PREDATOR Species intertwined I mean other then at the end of predator two when Harrigan is on the ship and you see the alien skull on his trophy wall!!!!!!

  3. Aww a detective movie like predator 2? And scary but with lots of humour? What? These are action movies c’mon. And these actors? Really? This sounds like its gonna suck

  4. It would be so great if there would be a female Predator. Not to sound any way about it but it would be cool. There is the classic Predators, and the new bigger ones in “Predators”. Never seen a female on yet. You guys are smart you guys will know what to do.

  5. I would have preferred to see a direct sequel to Predators with Brody leading to a team up with Dutch(Arnie) and Harrigan(Glover) leading to a confrontation on the Predator world. Reboots suck and never succeed. And dropping the story to start a new one instead of a sequel gets tiring. They should just continue the story.

  6. LOL so Ridley Scott must not really look at AVP as a joke then really…. More or less he is pissed because that part of the story was brought up before he wanted and was done poorly… LOL this could be so true but who will ever know….

  7. To be honest i think the Predators name says it all..probably one of the first multi celled life to have started in space..they have no fear an no equal, but can be killed…. i mean they have extremely advanced tech untouchable by any onther race and they have the game planet (planets(unknown)) for testing and training purposes… They have vast knowledge and understanding of LIFE and seem to be its keepers if u will… I think they are reminded and see are human race as a younger them and keep a eye on us letting us learn and evolve as they did… Knowledge is Power and is respected if learned on your own but if given is almost always abused… Humans and Predators could one day be great allies to LIFE and its balance…

    So looking at Predators in this way could be considers as The God Race so to speak…

    Would explain the gaps left in the store? IDK… But i hope i filled in any gaps or leads us to the truth…

    GO CREATIVE IMAGINATION…anything is possible if u have the will to do it …Hope for greatness and achieve victory!!!


  8. Why are they jumping around with the predator movies…. i want to see predators 2… the sequel to predators… not a whole different story line… i want to see the only 2 survivors get off that planet…
    I have seen all alien movies…and they all follow eachother… and the predator movies it only avp and avp 2 that follow eachother…. what is up with that…

  9. A good idea for a predator movie will be in a world war 2 era where Nazi SS officers captured a wounded predator and the Nazi officers rush to develop weapons with the predator tech, but before all that the predator sent a rescue signal bringing the best clan in the tribe……the rest is just blood, blood and more blood…no mercy!!!!

  10. Youngblood/Predator (Yautja)

    Man… and I thought Schwarzenegger was going to be in the movie! I was getting ready to see him again! Oh well, at least there’s gonna be more victims coming >:) The movie will be great anyway!

  11. Youngblood/Predator (Yautja)

    The guy who played as Rick Hawkins (the CIA radio operator who was the first killed by me… along with the other skinned bodies from it all) is now going to directed the movie! Thanks, Shane Black!! (:)

  12. Please please please make a first person shooter open world avp game by Bethesda because they’re good at that kind of stuff.

  13. Youngblood/Predator (Yautja)

    John Cena”John Felix Anthony Cena Jr.” and The Rock” Dwayne Douglas Johnson” will ruined the franchise if they appear. If they come in this film, I will…..RIP THEIR SPINES UP!!!!! ):(

  14. jbroce, check out predator dark ages on youtube. if you havent yet. otherwise yea, agreed, i would like to see many different time frames and settings.

  15. How about we get to see a smaller, cerebral sort of ‘predator’. One that makes contact with humanity to help them defend against increasingly frequent hunts. A female ‘predator’. The females are the scientists and techie people within the race. Oh and 2 sets of boobs also ;P

  16. Oh yeah. A female predator would be cool also. Plus, in the Blade Runner-like future it becomes possible to decipher they writing and/or spoken language. A return of that constriction net would be gruesome.

  17. So many ideas. Predator set in Vietnam. Hot climate like they like. Armed prey from the outset. Could have survivors of a deep recon LRRP team calling a truce with an NVA regular or two. Chopper action would be a plus as always. At least in my book. “Get to da choppa!!!”
    A predator in Soviet Afghanistan would be cool. Russians, a CIA operative and plenty of Muslims to get killed (what audience wouldn’t love that). And, of course. It’d be a venue to showcase the awesome looking Mi-24 gunship helicopter. Perhaps even a scene with the predator in the rear cabin doing his thing or injured. Being taken back to base until he wakes up and breaks free at the base.
    A predator in a futuristic blade runner-like world. Humans and synthetics/androids battling the predator.

  18. I’m glad they are making another one. I really am hoping to see what happened with Royce on the game preserve i think it would be cool to see. Also I love the idea of getting Adrian Arnold and Danny all together . But we have to pick up from the game preserve . Maybe the first half hour or so to explain it.

  19. Youngblood/Predator (Yautja)

    I hope they put Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Glover, and Adrian Brody all together in the 2018 film!!

  20. do the Detective thing like they said its kind of like Predator 2. Then, when they find out it’s a predator, get Arnold in there and have him teach the swat team on how the predator works and kill it.

  21. I would like to see another Alien vs Predators were the Aliens are on there way to planet earth to take over the human race. But here comes help from the Predator to save earth and the human race new weapons,stronger Predators.

  22. As long as Brody isn’t in the film it will be ok!

    We find out that their are blood wars amongst the Predators and the bigger ones are harder, faster, and , stronger, the boss buts what has become the std preddy and smahes his skull the boss has some IR enhancement but he cant see brody amongst the flames- but doesn’t seem to have other vision systems incorporated into his personal cpu Why? and Brody is a light weight we had bigger harder guys in the first film with Arnie who couldn’t do anything to preddy Mini Gun and all and then this wally can dance around the Big preddy and kill him! with a few bats on the head- You create an ultimate Predator and get a whimp like Brody to add credit? -Please be Aware Viewers can see the flaws! its like the companies Androids we know that they have a different agenda- And viewers know tat too!

    This with aliens has become the modern horror but all this back tracking and alternate story lines are ruining it- We cringe at the errors and hope theres enough action and tech to wear away the mistakes, but we want you to pick a credible Actor for the lead! Not some Whimp and some new stuff for Preddy and the Aliens- some other creature out of the trophy room in 2
    Give him speech and open up his communications so we can see how he thinks and where? On his homeworld where the aliens have spawned, but coincidentally a human ship full of credible killers has crash landed we get an option during interrogation to stand With or Against! and its us and them versus your new Monsters- Humans have IR vision and interpreters and the preddys modify our cpu’s to give us cloak and we get to use preddys weapons and a new ride home!- If any of us survive!

    Ridley Scott We the Audience want to be sweating at the end of this one!

  23. it would be interesting if they would make a movie about obtaining those nice big bad ass trophies from Predator2
    Predator vs other aliens…he kicked butts from the old ones 😂

  24. Omg i cant wait for the new Predator flick, one piece of advice? WAIT to show the home world for the final and last movie that would be epic. I do like the idea tho of the 3 victors facing off as a team a team of hunters. Whatever they do im sure its gonna be good

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