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Ever since the announcement that #ShaneBlack (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) would be directing, anticipation has been rising for the next installment in the Predator franchise. Black starred in the first #Predator film, and fans are confident that he has his fingers on the pulse of this franchise. The addition of Benicio Del Toro (Sicario, Che) to the cast brought even more credibility to the notion that this could be a resurgence for the property.

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The news broke on October 11, 2016 that Benicio Del Toro had dropped out of the project. His seat would not be vacant for long, as they quickly cast Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) to star in the film. This news alone was not a huge deal, because actors drop out of movies and jump on to new projects all the time. It was however, a bit of a hit to fans who were excited for what Del Toro could bring to the franchise and Boyd Holbrook is relatively unknown (however, he is playing the villain in Logan).

Trouble For 'The Predator'?

The Hollywood Reporter dropped an odd bit of news on November 4, 2016, that #OliviaMunn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Newsroom) was in talks to co-star, as a scientist working with Holbrook's special forces commando. Upon receiving this information, fans were reminded of Denise Richard's pivotal role in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough — where she played nuclear physicist Christmas Jones, and ran around in a tiny tank top.

Olivia Munn/WonderCon. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Olivia Munn/WonderCon. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The Olivia Munn casting caused some confusion, but the real bone of contention was the idea that the film would take place"in the harsh environment of … suburbia." The infamous jungle-dwelling Predator hunting in the suburbs? This idea didn't sit well with fans, as they remember Predator 2 all too well. When you put together the fact that Del Toro exited the project, the strange Olivia Munn casting, and the idea that this movie could take place in the suburbs, this project seemed to be going off the rails.

Shane Black/ San Diego Comic Con. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Shane Black/ San Diego Comic Con. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Luckily, Shane Black spoke exclusively with Collider to assure everyone that this movie will not take place in the suburbs. A collective sigh of relief resonated through-out the nerd community — except for that one fan who wanted to see Predator jumping over fences like Ferris Bueller. The simple act of clarifying the reports of "The Suburban Predator" goes to show that Black is trying to make sure his film appeals to the fan base. He clarified the his plans for the film in a prior interview with Collider:

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.

Shane Black has an amazing track record when it comes to directing films. He has already cut his teeth on a big budget blockbuster with Iron Man 3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys have proven he can make smaller, character-driven films, hopefully The Predator can marry the two. I think Shane Black has earned the right to be given the benefit of the doubt, that is until we see the film. The Predator is slated for release on February 9, 2018, and despite all rumors, we still have faith in Shane Black that he will bring the franchise back to its former greatness.

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[Sources: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter]