Predator was an extraordinary science-fiction horror film in a similar vein as another sci-fi horror classic: Alien. But ever since the first film the following sequels have never really lived up to it. Despite the healthy box-office take of Predators, which also got mixed reviews, Fox decided to go in different direction with the next movie and tapped Shane Black to write and direct the next movie.
Speaking with Collider, Black revealed that he is prepping to shoot the next film in Vancouver starting in February. He also gave us an idea of where he is taking the next movie:
“I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them. I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to see… I don’t mean movie audiences I mean characters in the movie. I’m not saying the movie will be nothing anyone’s seen before (laughs).”
But just how scary will it be? The days of hard R rated films seem to have long since been done in favor of PG-13 movies (with the exception of Deadpool and Logan), but it appears are making a comeback. Here’s what Black revealed about getting his film an R rating:
“Fox has been very cooperative. I mean part of it is the success they had with Deadpool, but I also made a case-and I think they agreed-that fans of the Predator generally, probably aren’t looking to go to see a PG-13-rated version of it. It would be more of a letdown if it was sort of tailored to a family friendly audience than if it were allowed to play out to the same scale and level that the first R-rated one did.”
The Predator hasn’t been without its problems. One of the biggest blows is that the film lost its lead actor Benicio del Toro, due to scheduling conflict. In a separate interview with JoBlo, Black said it was actually a blessing in disguise.
“It’s quite good news. With Benicio [del Toro] and the scheduling, we just couldn’t make it work. We have a release date and we had to start much later than we wanted to. This way, the silver lining is this kid (Boyd Holbrook), who I’ve spent some time with now, he’s just marvelous, he’s amazing.”
Boyd Holbrook has been fantastic in Netflix’s Narcos, so for those of you who haven’t seen his work are in for a treat. You’ll also be able to see him in another R-rated action film Logan, where he plays a villain in Hugh Jackman’s final bow as Wolverine.
Black also reassured that this film will indeed be a sequel rather than a remake. However, he also made it clear that this film will be able to stand alone. Here’s what he said:
“I think it has to stand on its own two feet, but our goal is to make sure it acknowledges that, yeah, it is 30 years later in the continuity of the story. In other words, Dutch Schaefer’s patrol, which was attacked and largely slaughtered, happened 30 years ago in the context of the story. It’s referenced, it’s part of the mythology. In that way, it’s more of a sequel than a reboot.”
There’s still a question of whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Alan “Dutch” Schaefer from the original Predator. We know that Black did have a meeting with the actor, and that Schwarzenegger has been all over reprising classic roles — so the odds are pretty good.
The Predator will premiere in theaters on February 9, 2018.