As part of Empire’s new feature story on filmmaker Shane Black’s “The Predator,” the magazine conducted a lengthy sit-down interview with the writer/director both on-set and followed it up a bit later just before going to print.
This means the outlet was also able to ask him about the film’s reshoots which were planned in the wake of test screenings during which audiences were reportedly confused about the film’s tone. As we know, much of the film’s third act was reshot while some additions that linked this movie to previous ones in the series were added in.
Of course what was reshot in the third act is the big question fans have been wondering and Black revealed that there was one simple but major change – the time of day. He tells the mag (via AvP Galaxy): “The first time we shot the third act it was daytime. It’s all this spooky stuff but then it’s bright sunlight. It just didn’t work. So I said ‘Ummm, can we do this again at night?'”
Along with the time of day change, he moved the original finale’s setting primarily to a forest. He also aimed to make the creatures scarier again which led to the birth of the ‘Upgrade Predator’ which he describes as: “Bigger, meaner and nasty as hell. Ten feet tall and midnight black, bristling with spines, skin thickened with chitinous organic armour – the product of harvesting DNA from the deadliest creatures on every world it has hunted. The ultimate expression of Predator dominance. It is, it’s fair to say, one giant, ugly motherf–ker.”
Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Edward James Olmos, Jake Busey, Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski star in the film which opens September 14th.