One of the stars of the upcoming The Predator has stated that "It's not a sequel". Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College) has dropped some hints about the much-anticipated next entry in the popular franchise, and one thing that he is also keen to stress is that he doesn't think fans will be disappointed.
Originally announced back in June 2014 by Fox, director/writer Shane Black (Iron Man 3) wrapped up filming The Predator back in June. Whilst the details of the plot have been kept under total secrecy, various teases and small details have inevitably leaked online and started rumors about things which may or may not be included in the finished film. Jake Busey is said to be playing the son of Gary Busey's character from Predator 2, while some set photos showed the Predator riding in a tank. And yet we still don't officially know how or if the story will acknowledge the past films in the franchise. We do know that it has an incredible cast - one which Keegan-Michael Key joined back in January.
Key made some interesting comments about the film when talking to EW. Referring to its relationship to the 1987 original, he says;
"Predator was a real privilege to do, and if people think they're going to see a remake of the original movie, they're in for a surprise, A very pleasant surprise ... It's not a sequel... It certainly lives in the universe of the five films that were made. I think that's probably the best way to say it and the only way I can say it right now."
Whilst Key denies The Predator is a direct "sequel", going by his other comments and previously-reported details, it's clear that it exists within the "reality" that the other films have occupied. By directly distancing itself from being an obvious continuation of any previous story, it probably indicates that it will have a standalone plot, but is likely to still contain some nods and references to previous entries. Other cast member Boyd Holbrook had already indicated that it was far from a sequel, and Black himself has already hinted at The Predator's place in the franchise timeline. Still, it's nice to see Key speak so positively about his experience and hear his confidence that the film will be a crowd-pleaser that will exceed expectations.
The movie also stars Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Edward James Olmos, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alfie Allen. Black of course costarred alongside Schwarzenegger in the original Predator, and is eager to revitalise the franchise with this entry, making it an "event movie". With it set to earn an R-rating and Black using extensive practical effects, this is promising to be an intense experience. We look forward to seeing The Predator and will keep you up to date with further developments in the meantime.
- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018