Prequels, sequels, remakes, and reboots seem to have flooded the market of late, and there doesn't look to be an end in sight. '80s franchise films like Alien, Predator, and Terminator along with '80s action stars, see The Expendables, are making a comeback and appealing to a whole new generation of movie goers. While it would be easy to groan at the thought of yet another Predator revival, Fox's upcoming feature touts a return to its original roots.
The Predator is not director Shane Black's first go at an old school action blockbuster. With titles like Lethal Weapon (all 4 films), The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and more recently Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys under his belt, Shane Black feels like a good fit to give Predator a new film. The only director more qualified would be if Fox managed to pulled John McTiernan (original Predator director) out of retirement.
Deadline has confirmed that Fox moved up Black's film, tentatively titled The Predator, to a February 9, 2018 release. It is believed this move was to get ahead of the Steve Alten novel turned film, Meg; a thriller about a giant megalodon shark, which is set to bow on March 2, 2018. Shane Black is teaming with Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Ricochet, RoboCop 3) to pen the script, but no producers or cast have been confirmed. In an interview with Collider back in April 2016 at CinemaCon Las Vegas, Black did tease that Schwarzenegger's return is not totally out of the question.
"We have not talked about it, which is good because I’m not supposed to talk about it anyway. Not supposed to talk about details of the script... I think it’s something we’re looking into, and as this thing evolves and takes on more of a shape, we’ll figure out how best to honor the tradition of what is really a remarkable first movie and even parts of the rest of them as well."
Details about the film itself are scarce for the time being, but in that same interview, Black did offer the following:
"Let’s get back to the excitement and innovation of that original movie where it felt fresh. I just want to find a way to make it feel fresh and that’s what we’re trying to do."
What we do know is that The Predator will be set in "present day," though we expect that means only the events of Predator and Predator 2 have officially taken place. Predators, the Robert Rodriguez film from 2010, was set in an unknown future; and it is unclear how the Alien crossover films, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, fit into the timeline.
The original Predator followed a team of ex-special forces hired by the US government to extract political hostages from the jungles of South America. After the mission fails, it's a fight for their lives to "get to the choppah," and make it out alive. If The Predator keeps with the military/mercenary theme, could we see a sci-fi film take place in a current hot zone like Libya or Afghanistan? Or could we possibly get something more along the lines of a Predator clashing with life in a big city, like we saw in Predator 2?
The Predator is set for theatrical release on February 9, 2018.