Shane Black’s upcoming The Predator movie has a “wicked sense of humor” according to star Sterling K. Brown (This is Us). In 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the sci-fi action film Predator. The film was a huge success, making nearly four times its budget. It was followed by two sequels and two crossover films – Alien vs. Predator and a sequel. Now in 2018, The Predator is set to be released, both continuing the story and softly rebooting the franchise. Much like the previous films in the franchise, the story involves new characters dealing with the extra-terrestrial hunters who just keep coming to Earth to hunt humans.
Not much is known yet about The Predator, beside the cast. The film features Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Trevor Rhodes (Moonlight), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Thomas Jane (The Mist), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Brown. Only a few other hints have been dropped so far. The film is set in 2018 – but not the suburbs; it will be rated R; and it does not continue any of the previous film’s stories.
Recently Brown spoke to EW about the film. While he does not give away any plot points, he does have a few things to say about the script that Black wrote:
“Shane has his whole take on it and it’s very different than the original Predator. It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it’s got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. That’s pretty much all I can say.”
This seems to echo some comments Black made earlier about the script being more humorous than the previous Predator films. Though the R-rating does indicate that the movie will still be scary and violent like its predecessors, and not a comedy, per se. It’s also worth noting that cast member Key is best known for sketch comedy, so if the script for The Predator is really as funny as Brown implies, that could be a hint about Key’s character – perhaps he’s the comic relief.
Brown also mentioned how excited he is to be working on a franchise that he has long enjoyed: “I’m a huge fan of Predator.” His college friends have even compared him to actor Bill Dukes – who starred in the original Predator. Sounds like his role in The Predator was something that was always meant to be for Brown.