‘The Predator’ Time Period Revealed By Shane Black

By April 14, 2016

Along with releasing The Nice Guys next month, which just continues to look better and better, Shane Black has been hard at work on The Predator, which will hopefully revitalize the beloved franchise and movie monster back to the heights that it was originally created into. Rather than the unbearable mess of the Alien vs Predator movies which… ugh… I still shiver to think about sometimes.

The last update that Black gave on the project had him calling it an event film similar to the size of Iron Man 3, his most recent, divisive project, which seemed to say that the next film would be the largest installment in the Predator franchise yet, on a spectacle level alone.

Thanks to a new interview with Collider as well, Black has not only commented more on what he means by the whole “event film” thing, but also revealed when the film will take place, and addressed whether or not it might see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise which – spoiler alert – he remains incredibly vague on.

In regards to Arnold’s possible involvement:

“We have not talked about it, which is good because I’m not supposed to talk about it anyway. Not supposed to talk about details of the script. And I shouldn’t.

…I think it’s something we’re looking into, and as this thing evolves and takes on more of a shape, we’ll figure out how best to honor the tradition of what is really a remarkable first movie and even parts of the rest of them as well.”

I like how Black mentions “parts of the rest of them,” which is about the nicest thing you could say about a majority of the movies including the Predator character of some kind.

Other than that, the filmmaker went on to reveal that the new film will take place in the present day, citing the real time difference between today and when the original movie was made back in 1987. Now, I could go deep into the kinds of contradictions and questions that Black’s comment brings up as well, especially regarding some of the time jumps seen in the other Predator movies, and the increasing awareness of the alien species as a whole throughout the franchise.

But it’s starting to sound more and more like the new film will simply be incorporating some of those films’ ideas about the Predator mythology, rather than using any of the actual story beats of plot elements, which I guess, is the best thing that Black and co. could take away from those films. At least, that’s what I get from his response here. At this point, I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect from this movie anyways.

The Predator does not currently have a release date.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable