Filming has officially wrapped on director Shane Black's reboot The Predator. Beginning in 1987 with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in the lead role, Predator has developed a faithful fan following over the years, spawning the sequel Predator 2 as well as a shared universe with the Alien vs. Predator films. A soft reboot of the series, Predators, attempted to revive the series in 2010, but with only a modest $52 million return at the domestic box office against a $40 million budget, the series appeared doomed - until a voice from its past came calling.
Needless to say, the announcement of The Predator reboot generated a bit of excitement, and not only because it meant the return of the iconic Alien jungle hunter. Back for the ride, too, was Black, who essentially kicked off his acting career in the original Predator. Black has since developed a strong resume as a filmmaker, having written the original Lethal Weapon and written/directed such gems as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys.
Now, 15 weeks after the film went into production in late February, The Predator is one step closer to cinematic reality with the completion of shooting. Several actors on the production have taken to social media to call the film a wrap, including co-star Jacob Tremblay (Room), as you can see below:
— Jacob Tremblay (@JacobTremblay) June 1, 2017
Tremblay's Twitter message, of course, refers to Schwarzenegger's classic line in the original Predator. And while Schwarzenneger will not be appearing in The Predator (he turned down the opportunity to be in the movie), Tremblay's in good company, since The Predator's cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Edward James Olmos and Yvonne Strahovski.
The film, which in April was bumped back from a February 18, 2018, release to a summer box office-friendly August 3, 2018, release date, promises to maintain the spirit and integrity of the 1987 Predator film, at least in terms of practicality. To illustrate his point, Black has emphasized that the titular character will be an actor in a costume instead of a CGI rendering. And while the production has not issued an original photo of the Predator character, not one, but two of the alien jungle hunters appeared in an Instagram post from one of the film's set photographers last month and clearly resemble the classic look of the famed movie monster.
With the cat somewhat out of the bag as to the look of The Predator, don't be surprised for some sort of official photo reveal of the Predator in the coming months - maybe as soon as the San Diego Comic-Con in July. It's going to be a long wait for Predator fans until late summer 2018 when the film is released, but by all indications, the wait for the reboot will be well worth it.
Source: Jacob Tremblay
- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018