We recently brought you the news that the new Predator film was set to shoot in the fall. Well, today we have some additional updates via director Shane Black, who was on hand to speak with ComingSoon about the latest installment in the series. Black suggested that the Predator will be getting some serious upgrades in terms of costume design, as well as abilities. See what he had to say below!
“It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it different, make it organically different,” explained Black. “So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a sh*t what color the suit is. In The Predator we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.”
We still don’t know if Arnold Schwarzenegger will be returning to the series or not. But we do know that Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson has suggested that he is in talks to star in the film. However, the rapper’s involvement has not been confirmed by anyone other than Fiddy himself.
The picture is scheduled for release March 2nd, 2018. It is a collaboration between writer Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) and Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Decker made the announcement last year that he had finished his treatment of the script but things were fairly quiet on the Predator front for some time after that announcement. In the past few months, we have seen a teaser image released, a release date announced, and now a flurry of casting rumors are circulating.
When the project was first announced, it was rumored that this would be a direct sequel to the first film, ignoring everything that came after it. And it seems as though that still may be the case. Stay tuned for more on this as it is announced!