Original Predator star and reboot director Shane Black is honoring the 30th anniversary of Arnold Schwarzenegger's sci-fi classic. Released on June 12, 1987, director John McTiernan's Predator went on to become the latest in a long string of action hits for Schwarzenegger in the 1980s, following the success of the former bodybuilder in Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), The Terminator (1984), Commando (1985) and Raw Deal (1986).
Starring Schwarzenegger as military commando Dutch and Carl Weathers as his former colleague, Dillion, Predator's cast was sprinkled with familiar faces like pro-wrestler-turned-actor Jesse Ventura (who coined the classic phrase in the film, "I ain't got time to bleed") and relative newcomers like Black – who earlier in the year made his auspicious debut as a screenwriter on director Richard Donner's buddy cop blockbuster Lethal Weapon, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
Three decades later, Black has found himself on the other side of the camera for the franchise reboot film The Predator, which wrapped filming earlier this month. Currently in post-production with summer-friendly release date of August 3, 2018, Black took time out Thursday to tweet a photo collage featuring all the principal actors along with a simple "thanks" for those involved in the 1987 film. See the tweet below:
Thanks to all... pic.twitter.com/AonKhJPLe6
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) June 16, 2017
Billed as a sequel to the 1987 original, The Predator sadly won't feature Schwarzenegger, who turned down a chance to be in the film because he read and "didn't like" the script, and only said he'd consider being in if he were offered a "more significant role" (which didn't happen). Fortunately, Black's assembled an impressive stable of actors to ground the new film with, including Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Edward James Olmos, Yvonne Strahovski, and Jacob Tremblay.
While the faces for The Predator are all new, Black seems to be staying true to the iconic design of the creature itself. While no official photos have been released, a set photographer in an Instagram post last month revealed a candid photo of a pair of Predators catching a ride on presumably one of the tanks that will be featured in the film.
It's hard to deduct whether one of the actors suited up as a Predator was the main creature and the other was a double, or if The Predator – presumably in reference to a single alien hunter (haven't we been through this already with The Last Jedi?) – will actually feature more than one creature in the species.
Whatever the case may be, much more will be revealed about the characters and the film's plot as the production moves closer to its 2018 release date. One thing's for certain going in: with Black's impressive directorial resume that includes such films as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, fans will have the comfort knowing that The Predator reboot is in very creative and capable hands.
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- The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018