Shane Black's The Predator Is 'Funny, Yet Deadly'

Edward James Olmos has been talking about the great time he had on the set of Shane Black’s The Predatorand what viewers can expect from the forthcoming sequel. The Predator will be the fourth film in the main franchise - and sixth overall counting the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs - and the film is aiming to reinvent the series for a new audience.

It has been confirmed that the film takes place in the suburbs, with the head of Fox proclaiming that Black's script is "fresh and unexpected.” Black is also the writer/director behind Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys (he also wrote the original Lethal Weapon), but he also has some history with the franchise. Black played Hawkins in the 1987 original film, serving as the first onscreen victim of the eponymous alien hunter.

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It appears Black's trademark flair for combining action and comedy has carried over to The Predator, as Olmos described the project in an interview Cinema Blend. The actor was full of praise for the director and cast and gives away some additional story details:

Oh, my goodness. That's an interesting story. I haven't seen any of it, but it's gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don't get me wrong. You're gonna be inside of it. But the characters are... what he did -- Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he's a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn't be laughing in the scene. 'I'm sorry guys. Really, I'm sorry.'

It seems that in addition to the franchise's traditional action and suspense, comedy is going to play a large part in The Predator, according to Olmos:

Because Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they make... they're paired off in groups of three groups. Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It's crazy. It's so crazy. I'm excited for it, and I don't know what's gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it's really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.

The Predator’s cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Tom Jane and Jacob Tremblay, who briefly mentioned the film in an exclusive Screen Rant interview for Wonder, stating “I don’t really give away too much but it’s just a really fun movie and it was so fun to do.”

While some fans may question the film's unusual setting or the focus on humor, the line-up of talent makes the latest entry hard to resist. The franchise could use some fresh ideas and concepts too, and if Olmos comments are anything to go by, then fans should be very happy when The Predator lands in 2018.

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Source: Cinema Blend

Key Release Dates
  • The Predator (2018) release date: Sep 14, 2018
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