Truth be told, I am a big fan of The Predator franchise and the newest installment looks to be packed with of all the necessary ingredients for another good run. From the outer reaches of space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.
“Thirty years later, it’s the same Predator, but over time the Predator has upgraded himself,” says John Davis, producer of the original Predator and all subsequent sequels. “This is not a reinvention and not a redo. This is the franchise you loved, 30 years later. These are the consequences of what has happened. This is what has been going on in the last three decades. They’re badder and bigger – they’ve evolved. It ain’t your daddy’s Predator.
I think this is one of those franchises that people love, and have loved through the ages. The very first Predator still has a huge worldwide audience, and sells around the globe on cable and streaming services. It’s hard to believe that 30 years later, this movie continues to captivate generation after generation.”
Quinn McKenna, a mercenary finds himself leading a ragtag team of veterans to go up against the lethal alien. Black says, “They’re the forgotten soldiers, misfits. They’re all broken. For one reason or another, they were all deemed untrustworthy and unacceptable because they got fractured, something broke. But somehow, they found each other. They aren’t a crack team of soldiers. It takes these guys a bit of effort to be good, but there’s still a spark waiting to be ignited. There’s an unquenchable spirit that is flickering, and this is their opportunity to come to life and support each other and go up against the monster. They are the least likely people you would ever choose for this, except that they’re really tough when the chips are down. They have spirit, they have spunk, and they have an unquenchable loyalty to each other.”
Screenwriter Fred Dekker continues with, “I think the Predator is one of the most iconic creatures in cinema because the design is so elegant and, like all the great monster designs, it immediately targets our subconscious. We look at this creature and we see some mirror image of ourselves but in a dark, scary, primal kind of way and that’s hard to do.”
“To stay true to its roots, a Predator movie needs to be scary,” says Dekker. “It needs to have the menace of a hunt occurring throughout the film. There is going to be a certain amount of bloodshed, there will be some viscera and goo as well, it needs to be scary. Those are the things we’ve pushed for. But I think any movie needs to have a humanity. You need to care about the characters or it doesn’t matter what the story is. And that was the first flag we planted.”
See for yourself if The Predator lives up to its predecessors – in theater September 14th starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski.