Will we ever find out if Adrian Brody made it off that hunting planet?
The last film in the Predator franchise back in 2010, Predators, wasn’t a perfect film. It was a little low budget and slap dash in places, but it was a step in the right direction after the AVP films. Even though AVP: Requiem has found some redemption thanks to a fan edit, followers of the franchise have been without it for far too long.
Robert Rodriquez, the producer of Predators, talked up a potential sequel after the film’s release. After all, a 127 million haul on a 40 million dollar budget isn’t bad. However, we’ve seen very little movement on that front. We did see a development not too long ago when it was announced Shane Black was going to direct the next Predator movie, but we’ve heard very little about that since.
So, how did Predators end again?
If you remember, the film followed killers taken from Earth and dropped into a game preserve planet run by the Predators (or Yautja, if you follow the novels). The Predators hunting them down until only Royce and Isabelle remained. They defeated their hunters, then vowed to escape the planet.
So, will we ever find out what happened to them?
Possibly, but it’s looking less and less likely. In a Collider interview with the producer of all the Predator films, John Davis, he talked about Shane’s vision for the film:
“Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but 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. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’… Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.”
Shane’s got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They’ve been doing it together and Fred’s great. The two of them together, they’ve been in the business for a long time, but 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.'”
So… what kind of film will it be then?
There’s a ton of ways to do a Predator movie. The beauty of the premise is that every film can be about a different hunt, which means you can have any new or returning characters you want. Shane Black is also a master of action sequences, plot reversals, and self aware humor, so don’t be surprised to see a few tasteful callbacks to the original.
As for whether it will tie into Predators, it’s possible but not terribly likely. If this really is a reinvention, we’ll most likely see original characters and situations as Black usually likes playing with his own toys.