The upcoming Shane Black Predator movie still remains mysterious. We do know that it will be R-rated and that it is almost a soft reboot meant to recapture the dynamics of the original film. We have some of the acting information as well, as the lineup includes Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, and Trevante Rhodes. There has been some speculation as to whether or not Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover would make an appearance as well, but apparently that won’t be the case.
Star, Boyd Holbrook, recently spoke with We Got This Covered and said that this was going to be “something new” and not a sequel.
Here is exactly what he said:
“I’m currently working on Predator. It’s not a sequel; Shane Black has made something totally new, somehow keeping within the realm of Predator [while also being] absolutely new in terms of the story that we’re talking about today, and rooted in something real. It’s real fresh. I don’t think you’re going to see [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. It would kind of make it a gimmick. It’s horror, science-fiction and a western.”
This is bitter sweet. While it would have been nice to include some of the original cast that made Predator such a cult favorite, it’s always a smart move to avoid the black hole and expectations that straight nostalgia can produce, and creatively it will be fun to see what Shane Black can come up with. Collider’s Steve Weintraub also spoke to Holbrook for the Logan junket recently, and washable to mine some additional details from him. Holbrook describes the similarities between his Logan character and his role in The Predator.
“I play a character named Quinn Mackenna who is an ex-sniper in the rangers. And I think you’re going to get a similar dynamic, which was what really worked so well for Logan is that it’s a relatable story. It’s rooted in personal relationships. [Logan] is essentially a father-daughter story and I think you’re going to get equal amount of quality out of Predator.”
The Predator is slated for a February 9th, 2018 release.