20th Century Fox is planning to revitalize The Predator franchise next year with Shane Black’s The Predator. Most known for writing Lethal Weapon and directing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Shane Black [who appeared in Predator (1987)] will be helming the film. This morning Shane Black took to twitter and announced that The Predator has officially begun filming today. The Predator will hit theaters March 2, 2018 but today I will be taking you through everything that we know so far.
Announced in 2014, Shane Black has said that this re-imagining of Predator will not be a reboot of the franchise but instead a sequel and it will reference Predator and Predator 2. Shane Black will be directing the fourth installment of the franchise but he has also written the script with Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, RoboCop 3). Visionary Larry Fong (300, Kong: Skull Island) is set to be the director of photography.
Partial cast... beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers. Cameras roll today. Follow me on Twitter for updates. Wish us luck. pic.twitter.com/vYGgGesW0Y— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 20, 2017
Arnold Schwarzenegger was rumored to reprise his role as Dutch but this has since been disproved. UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor was, at one point, offered the lead role for this film but he turned it down. McGregor stated that he turned the role down after negotiations because he wasn’t offered enough money for the role. Benicio del Toro was said to be the lead of the cast until he unfortunately dropped out of the role due to scheduling issues. Boyd Holbrook (Logan) has since replaced del Toro as the lead. Key & Peele star Keegan-Michael Key joined the cast in January, alongside Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) and Jacob Tremblay (Room).
Very little is known about the plot of the film thus far but it has been said The Predator will take place in suburbia. There was much speculation as to what the rating of this film would be until Shane Black took to twitter and made it perfectly clear that The Predator will have a hard R-rating.
And, just to be clear... PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed... a lot.— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) February 18, 2017
The Predator has officially begun production and will be hitting theaters in just a little over a year from now, March 2, 2018.