Interest in the new Predator movie has been high for some time now, especially with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys writer/director Shane Black at the helm. And with production gearing up to begin in February in Vancouver, more details are starting to trickle out. We know that Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) is poised to star in the film, and last week we learned that Olivia Munn (Magic Mike, The Newsroom) is now in talks to join the ensemble. Included in THR’s report on Munn’s casting was the claim that The Predator will take place in the suburbs. However, Black himself reached out to tell us that is not the case—The Predator is not a movie about the suburbs.
There was reason to believe THR’s report given Black’s knack for subverting expectations, but it appears that they (or their sources) were mistaken. Details for the film are being kept firmly under wraps, but when the movie hits theaters on February 9, 2018, don’t expect any suburban “Predator lurking in rich, fancy swimming pools” scenes.
So what do we know about the film? Well, Black—who had a minor role in the original Predator—has since revealed that this new movie is a sequel, not a reboot, and we know it’ll be an R-rated film. Additionally, during a recent interview with Black, he told us the film (which he co-wrote with Fred Dekker) will be presenting audiences with a dynamic tonal range:
“I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them. I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to see… I don’t mean movie audiences I mean characters in the movie. I’m not saying the movie will be nothing anyone’s seen before (laughs).”
Again, we don’t yet know how these main human characters will come across the predator and what kind of connection the film will have to the previous movies beyond the titular creature, but Black seems to have a really solid handle on what kind of movie he wants to make. The veteran screenwriter has already proven adept at staging and executing thrilling action sequences in all of his directorial efforts thus far, so there’s reason to expect The Predator will be both wildly entertaining and markedly different from the Predator sequels that followed the 1987 film.