Director Shane Black's upcoming sequel Predator 4 will be titled Predator. It begins shooting this September in Vancouver. And the massive production will last through December. This news comes courtesy of the Director's Guild of Canada. At this time, no cast has been officially announced. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been rumored to return as Dutch from the 1987 original, and rapper 50 Cent has said he's part of the team, but that has never been confirmed by 20th Century Fox.
The DGA has The Predator listed to start shooting on September 26. At this time, it isn't known if the entirety of the movie will be done in Vancouver, or if there are location shoots planned after December. It also isn't known how much of the movie will be shot in studio as opposed to out in the jungle. In fact, a setting hasn't been disclosed, with the previous reboot Predators taking place in the forest. It's not clear if this next entry in the saga will follow suit.
The Predator was supposed to arrive in March 2018, but last month 20th Century Fox moved the sequel into February. The story is confirmed to take place in modern day, and will not revisit the 80s as some have speculated. While it has been acknowledged that Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken meetings for The Predator, Shane Black refuses to further comment on his involvement. But it is believed that we'll get reintroduced to Dutch thirty years after he first tangled with the alien killing machine who hunts humans for sport. Dutch will not be the main hero, though, as Black has revealed the lead character is named Quinn MacKenna.
As of now, Schwarzenegger is listed as 'still in talks', though he has not officially committed to the movie in any capacity. It isn't known if the hesitation to return stems from his involvement in Terminator Genisys, which was a box office flop. There were 2 more Terminator reboot sequels planned with Arnie in the lead, but they were put on indefinite hold. The action icon is currently gearing up to shoot two other long-awaited sequels to some of his best known movies, including the follow-up to Twins titled Triplets, which reunites him with Danny DeVito and brings in Eddie Murphy as a third sibling. And The Legend of Conan.
Though Shane Black is also signed to direct Dwayne Johnson in a reboot adaptation of Doc Savage, the Iron Man 3 director has confirmed that The Predator is his next project. The filmmaker has a unique history with the Predator franchise. While working as a screenwriter in the 80s, behind such hits as the Lethal Weapon franchise, he was asked to help with the Predator script. While he turned that side of the production down, he did decided to take on a role as a member of Dutch's team, playing the character known as Hawkins.
The Predator will arrive in theaters on February 9, 2018. Shane Black's latest movie The Nice Guys is currently playing in theaters across the country. Thus far, an official Predator teaser poster has been released by 20th Century Fox. We suspect that we'll be getting official casting information soon as the shoot is just around the corner.