We’re less than two years away from the return of a beloved horror franchise in the form of The Predator, being co-written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Black. The film, described as a sequel that will also reboot the series, was originally set for release in March 2018 but has just been bumped up nearly a full month.
The Predator will now arrive in theaters on February 9, 2018.
What can we expect from the film? Dekker teased an action spectacle over on The Movie Crypt.
“If you think of the first Predator as Alien, ours is much more Aliens,” said the film’s co-writer. “It’s not Ten Little Indians; it’s not, ‘Let’s kill off all of our characters,’ because we have a lot of characters, from a lot of different worlds and ideologies. I don’t mean other planets. It’s a lot of people doing a lot of things in a lot of locations.”
Dekker also suggested that film will dig into the titular villain’s backstory.
“[The original is] relatively simple,” he said, “and our idea was, ‘Okay, we know that story already. What’s behind the curtain? Why are they here? What are they doing? What’s the bigger picture of this?’ I think these are questions you can answer, or at least explore, without defeating that sense of scariness. And who knows if their agenda’s changed?”