As the eternal hunt for blockbuster franchises continues, and as the board-game adaptation appears to be something of a bust (while toys and even internet memes appear to viable properties), some studios are looking at the past for inspiration. Prometheus, 2012's
non-prequel to Alien, proved divisive to critics and audiences, but it's getting a sequel anyway. Now it appears the Predator franchise has traction as well.
An intriguing image has appeared on the Facebook page of 2010's attempt to reinvigorate the series, Predators. Against a a bird's-eye view of a cityscape, (rendered in that famous thermo-vision of the Predator) are the words "There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die." Beneath this, the phrase #HuntThePredator.
The line is a direct quote from the original 1987 Predator, and is spoken by the character Billy (Sonny Landham), and might just be a tease that the studio is developing a direct follow-up to director John McTiernan's classic sci-fi actioner.
Now, none of this is official. Still, Fox will be hosting a panel at Comic-Con this weekend to showcase it's upcoming event films, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Wolverine. They've also promised a "surprise" of some kind (they always do), so coupled with this teasing message on the Predators Facebook page, we can assume it has something to do with this franchise.
Of course, it could also be a hint towards a new Predator video game. The hashtag phrase #HuntThePredator sure sounds like a neat bit of viral marketing (and it's trending on Twitter), but it's pretty slight to be connected with a new film. However, Predators producer Robert Rodriquez has said that he "owed the studio a call" about another film, but that was back in September of 2012 and the director is currently deep into his Sin City follow-up - this could be a stealth approach to a major announcement... or an underwhelming bit of news about a video game entry into a franchise few people seem excited about anymore.
Still, Prometheus has, for all it's faults, managed to finally split the Alien Vs. Predator series apart, which is really a major benefit for humanity. Predators had its moments, but was hardly a worthy follow-up to the original, which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his more hard-nosed performances, yet another former governor (Jesse Ventura), along with Iron Man 3 writer-director Shane Black as part of the cast (and apparently only there to fix the script every day with director McTiernan).
The world may not want another Predator, but some kind of new spin on this series might just be worth our attention. More details as they emerge.
20th Century Fox will be hosting their panel at Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday, July 20.