The Predator as it stands, is set to be released September 14th and will be available in 3D. Fred Dekker (writer/director of Night of the Creeps, and Monster Squad) who co-wrote the story alongside director Shane Black, dropped a special update via Facebook:
“Hello, all. Currently in Vancouver shooting some touch-ups for our little movie. I can’t tell you what’s beyond this fence… except to say the body count is alarming.”
“And yes, a teaser trailer will be coming soon…”
THE HUNT BEGINS SEPTEMBER 14, 2018.”
The date has been pushed back as a result of necessary reshoots, after a disappointing response followed test screenings back in November. Overall, moviegoers were divided due to a surprise shift in tone. Apparently, comedy played a far bigger role than in previous installments.
Personally, I’m hoping the rumors about the unexpected shift in tone turnout to be bullshit. I’ve been a devoted fan of the franchise since I was first introduced to the titular extraterrestrial with Predator 2. The original is by far the best, and happens to be one of my favorite movies altogether. The only film to feature the creature that I would deem unwatchable is Alien vs. Predator, which was a massive disappointment. Despite the atrocious dialogue, and one-note characters I found Alien vs. Predator: Requiem at the very least to be entertaining (If you’re into over-the-top human/alien carnage).
Synopsis courtesy of Thomas Jane:
“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan or the Iraq War or whatever. But we’re all fucking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out – this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this – somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too.
And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like ‘fuck that, man, let’s go kill these fucking Predators ourselves.’ And we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there. So that’s kinda cool!”