Filmed in Vancouver.
Originally had a February 9th and a August 3rd 2018 release.
Jake Busey revealed in an interview not long ago that the film is set between Predator 2 and Predators and had this to say about the story: “This one definitely falls in line with the original franchise in that it does focus on the technology that the Predators have. It focuses on what the goal of the Predators is, and what their modus operandi, and why they come to the planet, and that type of thing. It’s definitely in line with the original franchise.”
Thomas Jane revealed story details on the film in a recent podcast, saying: "We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, 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." (11/1/17)
20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider spoke briefly about the film, where she confirms that it does indeed take place in a suburban setting. Here's what she had to say: "We’ve got a “Predator” film coming out that is unexpected and utterly fresh. I just imagined that it would take 500 hours to read the script — that it would be interior jungle, exterior more jungle and then fighting happens, but Emma [Watts] went out and recruited Shane Black. From the first page, it didn’t read like a “Predator” film. It’s set in suburbia. There’s a little boy and his dad at the center of the action." (9/22/17)
Apparently the filmmakers were interested in Arnold Schwarzenegger returning in some sort of cameo capacity, but according to a recent interview, he declined to appear, saying: "They asked me, and I read it, and I didn’t like it — whatever they offered. So I’m not going to do that, no. Except if there’s a chance that they rewrite it, or make it a more significant role. But the way it is now, no, I won’t do that." (4/6/17)
Actor Jake Busey is in the cast and fans may remember his father Gary Busey play a covert government agent trying to get his hands on the Predator creature for military use in Predator 2. It's said that Jake will be playing the son of that character.
Edward James Olmos will play a "military character."
Actress Yvonne Strahovski (NBC's Chuck) joins the cast as the mother of Jacob Tremblay's character and ex to Boyd Holbrook's character.
Actor Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will play an ex-Marine who teams up with several others to hunt the Predator.
Actor Boyd Holbrook had a brief interview recently, where he revealed some minor details on the film, saying: "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."
Young actor Jacob Tremblay (Room) will play "the son of Boyd Holbrook's character, who plays an ex-Marine that discovers the existence of fierce aliens but finds that no one believes they exist. The son is autistic and bullied in school but becomes a key player in the fight due to his preternatural ability to learn languages." (1/25/17)
Sterling K. Brown (NBC's This is Us) is in negotiations to play "a government agent who jails Holbrook’s ex-Marine character, but later needs his help with the Predators."
Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) and comedian Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) will play ex-Marines.
Olivia Munn is in negotiations to star as a scientist.
Boyd Holbrook plays a Special Forces commando.
Shane Black had a couple more interviews where he divulged slightly more details, specifically saying that the film is indeed more of a sequel than a reboot, saying: "I think it has to stand on its own two feet, but our goal is to make sure it acknowledges that, yeah, it is 30 years later in the continuity of the story. In other words, Dutch Schaefer's patrol, which was attacked and largely slaughtered, happened 30 years ago in the context of the story. It's referenced, it's part of the mythology. In that way, it's more of a sequel than a reboot." Next he commented on the recent casting rumors of Boyd Holbrook replacing Benicio Del Toro and possibly "beefing" him up, saying: "At some point we might beef up Mr. Holbrook a little bit, give him a physical workout schedule. That’s what we all had to do on the first Predator! We had to become a slightly more exaggerated, beefy version of ourselves. [Boyd Holbrook] is fantastic, and we're gonna beef up the rest of the cast, and make announcements very soon about the members of this team that we're setting up. And it's all people I really want, and want to work with. It's going to be a very exciting cast." (10/27/16)
Writer/director Shane Black had a recent interview where he described his approach with the film, saying: "I think the Predator movies have slightly veered from typical sci-fi in that there is a sort of thriller aspect to them. I think it should be scary, I think it should be funny, and I think ultimately it should be wondrous and about perceiving things that human beings very seldom get a chance to see… I don’t mean movie audiences I mean characters in the movie. I’m not saying the movie will be nothing anyone’s seen before (laughs)."
Adding... "I think it’ll be interesting to get a group of credible guys – the hallmark of the first one is you have guys together that are kinda funny and self-referential and also very tough. I don’t know that we’re going to deviate over much from that, but there are at least a couple of factors that we’ve deliberately chosen to make it not just that group of buff, tough guys."
Lastly, he confirmed that it will be rated R: "Fox has been very cooperative. I mean part of it is the success they had with Deadpool, but I also made a case – and I think they agreed – that fans of the Predator generally, probably aren’t looking to go to see a PG-13-rated version of it. It would be more of a letdown if it was sort of tailored to a family friendly audience than if it were allowed to play out to the same scale and level that the first R-rated one did." (10/26/16)
Benicio Del Toro was in early talks to star, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) is now in talks to replace him. (10/12/16)
Filming was originally aimed to begin either September or October of 2016. (5/14/16)
Originally had a March 2nd 2018 release.
Director Shane Black had a recent interview where he explained his approach with the film, saying: "I'd like to get back to a movie where it's three months out and people are like, "Let's get our tickets now because we're aware of this, it seems like they put the money and attention into it, it's not just a knock-off." Really try to get back to that feeling of wonderment, mystery and adventure. A fresh movie. Without giving away details, that's been our goal." (5/14/16)
According to director Shane Black the Predator design will once again be different, saying: "It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it organically different. There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. In ‘The Predator’ we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in." (5/14/16)
One of the producers was quoted saying: "The writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I’m telling you, you’re going to get something you don’t expect and you’re going to say, ‘This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.’"
It's said that the film will "expand and explore the existing Predator mythology."
On director/co-writer Shane Black's take on the film, one of the producers was quoted saying: "I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise."
Shane Black also starred in the original Predator as a character named "Hawkins".
Shane Black and Fred Dekker also worked together on The Monster Squad.
Directed by Shane Black, who mostly served as a writer for the Lethal Weapon movies and Last Action Hero before going behind the camera for films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3.
Co-writer Fred Dekker also wrote and directed Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad.
Once said to be a "reboot," according to the filmmakers it's actually a sequel.