Will the new Ultimate Predator contain Arnold Schwarzenegger's DNA in The Predator? One thing's for certain, director Shane Black looks to be shaking up the franchise in this new entry. With this new team of outcasts (comprised of Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and Alfie Allen), the director intends on mixing in some more humor than what was used in the earlier high-octane action thrillers.
Another interesting addition to the story is the introduction of Jacob Tremblay playing the part of Boyd Holdbrook's son, an autistic child with the ability to easily learn languages. Black once again seems to be diverging from the typical action movie by using a young boy as one of the major characters to interact with the Predators.
But it's the Predators themselves that are the biggest change in the upcoming movie. The Predator will feature more than one Yautja causing trouble, and these are not the typical monsters that were shown in the other films. This time, according to the plot synopsis, the Predators are "stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species." The Predators are always looking for a way to gain an advantage over their prey and dominate the world where they are hunting, which leads to a very interesting theory: that this new Predator will contain DNA from Earth's mightiest Predator slayer Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer.
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There's A New Mysterious Predator
As much as fans root for the humans to be victorious, everyone gets even more excited to see the newest Predator incarnation - and The Predator knows this, with the new addition of the Ultimate Predator. One of the issues Black had with previous Predators was that they looked "like a guy in a football suit; big, bulky guy just stomping around", something this new Predator directly addresses; it's not only smarter and stronger, it's also "more graceful, more light, more athletic quality, literally like a predator."
With the new advancements in make-up and creature design, it sounds like Black has taken the necessary care to deliver a new Big Bad worthy of - based on the trailers - fighting the regular, iconic Predator. This new monster won't be the usual brutish beast that's been seen smacking humans around a jungle; it'll look more like a professional athlete as it stalks its prey. But despite the focus in the marketing, we've learnt very little about what the Ultimate Predator actually does or how did this creature come to be - and that's where it gets interesting.
The Predators Have Been Harvesting DNA From Around The Galaxy
Shane Black's goals for The Predator is to pay homage to the original film while also bringing something new that hasn't been in the previous movies. The Ultimate Predator is key to this, not just in terms of threat level but also its creation. In the previous films, the Predators have used every means necessary to combat their opponents, but in The Predator they're kicking it up a notch. Speaking to Empire (via AvPGalaxy), Black said that a key part of making the Predators "scary and mysterious again" was to introduce some DNA meddling:
“Bigger, meaner and nasty as hell. Ten feet tall and midnight black, bristling with spines, skin thickened with chitinous organic armour – the product of harvesting DNA from the deadliest creatures on every world it’s hunted. The ultimate expression of Predator dominance. It is, it’s fair to say, one giant, ugly motherfucker.”
This concept of the Predators manipulating DNA - which has also been teased in the trailers and synopsis - has been a long time coming. In Predator and Predator 2, we had only seen the creatures work with mechanical and electrical technology; Predator 2 revealed that they traveled all over the galaxy and collected trophies, but it wasn't until 2010's movie Predators that there was a hint of them experimenting with genetic modification.
In Robert Rodriguez's original script for Predators, he had them hunting other aliens for their DNA. This idea was dropped in the theatrical release, but one scene in the movie nevertheless opened the door: Nolan (Lawrence Fishburne) told Royce (Adrien Brody) that the Predators were different every time they returned from a hunt. It appeared as if they were experimenting on themselves as a way to improve their abilities. Nolan never mentioned what he meant by this experimentation, but it was possible that the Predators were looking into using DNA from their victims to enhance their hunting skills.
It's possible that Black had taken note of this, and decided to expand on the DNA concept in his movie. But, if so, has he taken it further than Rodriguez previously thought?
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- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018