One of the more anticipated franchise refreshes on the way is that of “The Nice Guys” writer/director Shane Black’s ambition to reignite the “Predator” franchise with a new event film which is now targeting a February 9th 2018 release.
Production on the new film is slated to begin this October from a script Black is co-writing with Fred Dekker. Dekker recently appeared on The Movie Crypt Podcast (via EW) and revealed some more details about the project which he says won’t adopt the “And Then There Were None” (aka. “Ten Little Indians”) approach of a single location and killing off characters one by one which the original “Predator” also used.
Instead, the new one will involve different characters from all over the world and he compares the tone of it to James Cameron’s 1986 classic “Aliens”:
“If you think of the first Predator as Alien, ours is much more Aliens. It’s not Ten Little Indians, it’s not, Let’s kill off all of our characters, because we have a lot of characters, from a lot of different worlds and ideologies. I don’t mean other planets. It’s a lot of people doing a lot of things in a lot of locations.
There’s a lot of great stuff in the [original] Predator but it’s very simple. Guys get dropped in a jungle, and there’s an alien monster, and they fight the monster, and they all die except for one – spoiler alert! – and then the thing self-destructs, and there’s a nuke, and then [Arnold Schwarzenegger] flies away. It’s relatively simple.
Our idea was, Okay, we know that story already. What’s behind the curtain? Why are they here? What are they doing? What’s the bigger picture of this?… I think these are questions you can answer, or at least explore, without defeating that sense of scariness. And who knows if their agenda’s changed?”
It’s unclear when casting announcements will be revealed, so far only rapper 50 Cent and a potentially returning Arnold Schwarzenegger are rumored to be starring.