"The hunt has evolved."
The Predator tagline

The Predator[1] is an upcoming 2018 science fiction film that will be directed by Shane Black. It will be a sequel to the 1987 film Predator.[2] Black will also write the script treatment for the film, although the full shooting script will be developed by Fred Dekker, with Black overseeing his work. John Davis, who served as one of the producers on the original film, is set to return in the same role for the new sequel. 20th Century Fox executive Matt Reilly and Davis Entertainment's Ira Napoliello are overseeing the production.[2][3] The film was originally slated for a March 2, 2018 release date,[4] but this was later delayed until August 3, 2018,[5] and again until September 14, 2018.


According to Black, the film is an "inventive sequel"[2] with a modern-day setting.[6] Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Black explained, "This [new film] picks up where the visits from the Predators are often enough that now people have actually noticed, to the extent that the military and scientific committee has actually put together a group whose job it is to monitor and keep track of this sort of phenomenon, a kind of watch the skies kind of program that is aware that something is out there that sometimes comes and is waiting for that next incursion, so that we can be prepared and jump on it as opposed to being surprised."[7]

In May, 2016, Black mentioned that he was looking for plot details set up in the previous Predator movies that he can retrospectively link back to with the new film.[8] However, in June of the same year Black stated that while the film theoretically shares the continuity of Predator 2 and Predators, neither of these films will be referenced.[9] Black has indicated that the film would be a sequel set in present-day 2018, following the events of Predator and Predator 2, but set prior to the events of the 2010 film Predators.[10][11] He also mentioned that he looked for plot details set up in the previous Predator movies that he could retrospectively link back to with the new film.[12]



Nimród Antal and Robert Rodriguez

Following the release of Predators, the film's director Nimród Antal discussed the idea of a sequel and said that he would love to make one. The film's producer Robert Rodriguez likewise stated that he was interested in a sequel because of the large number of potential ideas the Game Preserve Planet setting provided, and also proposed a prequel movie about Laurence Fishburne's character Noland.[23] Rodriguez later stated that he viewed a sequel as a chance to "really go crazy" with the "new storyline, new location and world" that Predators had set up, and confirmed that 20th Century Fox was at least considering creating a sequel.[24] However, the project apparently stalled and went quiet for several years.

Shane Black

Production of a fourth Predator film was first announced in an exclusive by The Hollywood Reporter published on their website on June 24, 2014, with Shane Black confirmed as director.[3] Despite the initial report claiming the film would be a reboot, Black later clarified in an interview with Collider that the film is in fact a sequel.[2] Black, who will outline the basic plot in a script treatment, and Fred Dekker, who will develop the script, previously co-wrote the 1987 movie The Monster Squad together. In August 2015, it was reported that work on the film was on-going, and that the script was almost finished.[25] On November 30, Dekker confirmed via his official Facebook page that the film's script had been completed and handed to 20th Century Fox.[26]

On February 16, 2016, a piece of artwork consisting of an image of a Predator overlaid with the slogan "You'll never see him coming" and "The Predator" was posted on the official Predator Facebook page, leading to widespread speculation that the title of the new film would be The Predator; later the same day, Black confirmed that this was indeed the case.[1] In March 2016, during interviews for his film The Nice Guys, Black stated that The Predator would be an "event" film and that the budget will be considerably larger than for other recent movies featuring the Predator.[27] It was also confirmed that the film would have an R-rating, with Black stating that he had demanded this before agreeing to become involved.[28] "I made a condition of my participation with Predator that it be the same rating as the first movie, and the first movie was Rated R. In other words, I don't want to cut away every time the Predator does something violent."[28]


On September 16, 2016 it was announced that Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro was in talks to star in the film,[29] although the following month it was announced that he had left the project due to scheduling issues. Boyd Holbrook was subsequently linked with the film's leading role.[30] Olivia Munn was also reported to be in talks to join the film, in the role of a scientist opposite Holbrook's commando character.[31] Throughout early 2017, actors Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera and Jake Busey were announced as joining the cast. Veteran actor Edward James Olmos was also announced as having taken on a role in the film, but Olmos later revealed that his character had been deleted from the movie during post-production.[32] Comparing the film's main cast to the team from the original Predator in 1987, Black commented, "[They're] maybe a little more broken, they have to struggle to regain or capture what they're good at, as opposed to already being the best in the world."[7] Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the original 1987 film, revealed that he would not be appearing in the new movie, despite meeting with director Shane Black and being offered a small role.[33]


Filming began on February 20, 2017.[34] Principal photography wrapped on June 2, 2017,[35] although the film later returned to Vancouver for two days of pickups over the weekend of July 28/29, 2018.[36] During post-production, producer John Davis revealed that the movie "will set up two sequels",[37] although director Black was keen to point out that while sequels were possible, his focus was on creating a self-contained picture.[7]

Regarding the reported humor in the film, Black stated the comedic elements would be kept grounded, likening the tone to the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — "When you're under fire, one of the basic defense mechanisms is to grit your teeth and make a joke. I took sort of a Butch-and-Sundance approach. In that movie, they got shot to pieces at the end, but they never stopped wising off."[37]

Special Effects

Creature effects for the film will be provided by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., who previously worked on the films Alien3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.[38]


A novelisation of the film, written by Christopher Golden and Mark Morris, is due to be published by Titan Books. Titan also published an official prequel to the film, titled The Predator: Hunters and Hunted and written by James A. Moore.


  • The slogan in the teaser poster, "You'll never see him coming", is an obvious reference to the Yautja's Cloak, but also a nod to Iron Man 3, which was written and directed by Black, in which the character of The Mandarin notably uses the line, "You'll never see me coming..."[1]
  • The Predator shown in the teaser poster is actually the Crucified Predator from Predators, identifiable by the damage to its Bio-Mask.






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