Sterling K. Brown gives us a glimpse behind-the-scenes of The Predator in a new set video posted to social media. Writer Fred Dekker recently confirmed that the The Predator is indeed undergoing reshoots in Canada, while promising a trailer is "coming soon." The sci-fi action film also stars Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook and Keegan-Michael Key.
The Predator director Shane Black recently characterized his reboot as "funny, yet deadly." The original Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and several of his muscle-bound friends, emphasized the deadly over the funny on its way to becoming a sci-fi/action classic. A Schwarzenegger-less and decidedly non-classic sequel then followed. The much later 2010 reboot Predators attempted an Aliens-style escalation, with less-than-stellar results. Two Alien vs. Predator films have also made their way to screens, though fans will argue those are not actually canon.
The newest attempt to reboot Predator continues through reshoots, and star Sterling K. Brown has now given fans a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of what Black is cooking up. See the Instagram video below. And make sure you watch it all the way through to the end for a little surprise.
The video includes nothing spoilery as you would expect. Mostly it's just a bunch of cast and crew standing around in the Canadian woods looking a little cold as they wait to shoot. Easily spotted in the clip are Brown's co-stars Keegan-Michael Key, Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn. Whatever scene they're shooting at least includes those actors, presumably alive at this point in the story. This being a Predator film, you can bet most if not all of them will be dead by the end. As for that final surprise, let's just say, someone in the cast has a good set of lungs on them.
Reportedly, the reshoots Brown has now given us a glimpse of became necessary after some negative test screenings. Black may like the "funny, yet deadly" mix but apparently folks at the test screenings weren't as in love with the humor Black tried injecting into the story. The original Predator of course had its light-hearted moments, and delivered some classic one-liners along the way. But once the story truly kicked in, tension overtook humor and it was all business the rest of the way. It seems more and more big studio films are having to grapple with these questions of tone. Notably, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was slammed by many fans for being too goofy. Of course, it's impossible to please everyone.
We'll see if Shane Black manages to dial in the right tone for The Predator and make a reboot that satisfies enough people to become a legitimate hit.
Source: Sterling K. Brown
- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018