Over the holiday weekend, 20th Century Fox issued a February 9, 2018 release date for their highly-anticipated Predator sequel, which will be directed by Shane Black. The filmmaker revealed earlier this month that production is scheduled to begin this October, and there have been rumors that original Predator star Arnold Schwarzenegger may return as Dutch. Today we have even more details from co-writer Fred Dekker, who compared the movie to the 1986 classic Aliens.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Fred Dekker recently appeared on The Movie Crypt Podcast, where he shed some new light on this project. He revealed that this project has a lot of different characters from all over the world, and, unlike the original Predator, they won't be killing off these characters one by one. Here's what he had to say.
"If you think of the first Predator as Alien, ours is much more Aliens. It's not Ten Little Indians, it's not, Let's kill off all of our characters, because we have a lot of characters, from a lot of different worlds and ideologies. I don't mean other planets. It's a lot of people doing a lot of things in a lot of locations."
The original Predator hit theaters in 1987, which spawned the 1990 sequel Predator 2, set in Los Angeles. The title creature was spun off in Alien vs Predator and Aliens vs Predator - Requiem, along with Predators. Fred Dekker revealed that while there is "a lot of great stuff" in Predator, their new story will be much more complex.
"There's a lot of great stuff in the Predator but it's very simple. Guys get dropped in a jungle, and there's an alien monster, and they fight the monster, and they all die except for one - spoiler alert! - and then the thing self-destructs, and there's a nuke, and then [Arnold Schwarzenegger] flies away. It's relatively simple. And our idea was, Okay, we know that story already. What's behind the curtain? Why are they here? What are they doing? What's the bigger picture of this?... I think these are questions you can answer, or at least explore, without defeating that sense of scariness. And who knows if their agenda's changed?"
It isn't known when casting announcements will be revealed, but with shooting scheduled to begin in just a few short months, we should know who's filling out the cast sooner rather than later. So far, only rapper 50 Cent is rumored to be starring. It isn't known if this story will be set in modern day or if it will be a period piece. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on Predator as soon as more information comes in.