From deep space to small-town bylanes of suburban areas, the terror is back in this Shane Black reimagination of the Predator movies. The deadly hunters from space are now stronger, smarter and more dangerous since they have undergone a genetic upgrade by fusing themselves with DNA from other species. A young boy sets up their return to Earth by mistake, and a squad of former soldiers and an unhappy science teacher turn out to be humanity’s only hope of survival.
The Predator franchise started in 1985 when Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Predator which saw terrorists going to Guatemala and encountering the frightening alien as it chased them and murdered them savagely one by one. The movie had two sequels and two movies where the Predator battled the xenomorphs from the Alien series, but, the success of the original Predator could not be replicated by any of those films.
For the upcoming movie, Black finds himself in a position where he is trying to revive the franchise by taking it into a new direction, without disturbing the classic element of the series.
“Well, I think that there’s a basic premise that has to be honored every time you make a Predator film, and that’s in some way, whatever the plot turns out to be, it has to, at some level, represent a hunt. But, beyond that, I think there’s infinite variability,” Black told Collider. “It’s like monkey bars. You ever play on the jungle gym when you were a kid? It looks like they’re rigid and hard and it’d be hard to play on these things because they’re so rough, but if you go inside them there’s actually a lot of room to move around, you just know that the borders are there every once in a while.”
The Predator stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski, and Jake Busey.
The Predator is scheduled to hit the big screen on September 14th.