The Predator writer Fred Dekker confirms the movie is currently shooting additional photography, and that a teaser trailer should be arriving soon. The Predator franchise hasn't had much luck in recent years. The original 1987 movie is considered a classic of the sci-fi genre, but the sequels have mostly failed to match it in quality. Predator 2 had some nice setpieces and additions to the mythology - including the famous use of an Alien Easter egg - but it couldn't match the success of the first movie.
The Alien Vs Predator movies were profitable but critically reviled, and most fans like to forget they even happened. Predators (2010) were supposed to kickstart the series, but despite an interesting cast, it felt like a lazy remake of the original. Finally comes The Predator, which is directed and co-written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3). Little is known about the story, outside of the suburban setting, that a small group of war vets face off against the alien hunters, and the film apparently has a lighter, funnier tone than previous Predator movies.
The Predator's release date has been pushed back more than once, and it was recently confirmed the movie was heading back for reshoots ahead of its September release. Now co-writer Fred Dekker has confirmed via his Facebook page the movie is currently reshooting, and that a trailer should be arriving soon.
Apparently, the reshoots are a result of mixed test screenings, with some audiences reacting badly to the blend of action and comedy. Black is well known for mixing humor and action in his work, starting with his screenplay for Lethal Weapon and all the way up to his most recent movie The Nice Guys. Black actually has a tie to the Predator series, having played Hawkins in the original movie, who is the first soldier to fall prey to the alien.
The news of a trailer should help calm fan worries surrounding The Predator since the studio has been remarkably shy about sharing any footage or photos. It's possible Fox got cold feet about the project following the reception of Alien: Covenant, which posted an underwhelming box office during summer 2017. The future of the series is also in question following the Fox/Disney merger, so if The Predator proves to be a success, it will be interesting to see if the House of Mouse pushes ahead with further sequels.
Source: Fred Dekker
- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018