The original Predator is in my opinion one of the greatest Sci-fi, horror, action movies ever made. It not only spawned a trilogy but also two other crossover films with the other most terrifying creature from space. Let me hear you scream! Alien! Also comic books, video games, an arena football team (The Orlando Predators) and two state governors. To this day almost 30 years later if someone tells me I'm bleeding I respond with "I ain't got time to bleed."
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So, of course, I was terrified when I heard "reboot." Even if it was in the capable hands of Shane Black. Remember him from the original?
With lines like those I was relieved when he said this-
“Why start over, when you've got all this rich mythology yet to mine?”
So a sequel, huh, whew that was a relief because he also stated that he could really get behind "inventive sequels." Good, good, but wait a minute, let's take a look at these sequels. I'm not so sure they've had much luck with those. First up is 1990's Predator 2.
They put twice as much money into this but no Arnie, he was on Terminator 2 at the time, a key ingredient. In fact the only actor from the first film (aside from a cameo of Anna-Elpidia Carillo on a video screen) was Kevin Peter Hall the Predator himself. Instead we got Danny Glover and Gary Busey in the leads and also one of only two actors that have been killed on film by not only the Predator but the Alien and the Terminator, Bill Paxton! Can you guess the other one? I'll tell you later. Set in the urban jungle of LA 7 yrs into the future (which was 1997 back then). It was the first film ever to get the NC-17 rating for violence and bad language. It had to be re-edited just to get an R, It received horrible reviews but I think the stereotypical Jamaican drug lords put it best with:
It barely made it's money back thus killing the movie franchise for over a decade.
Then in 2004 They decided to team up the two deadliest species in film history Alien vs. Predator. Once again endearing slimy and scaly alien killing machines to our hearts. Although critically panned, the film is one of the highest grossing films in either franchise. This is also the film where the other actor killed by Alien, Predator and Terminator got killed, Lance Henriksen! (Don't get technical with me about Bishop, it's late)
This made it possible for a sequel AvP: Requiem which took place somewhere in Colorado (right after they left Antarctica) and the ship with the PredAlien hybrid on it...it crashed.
It opened in 10th place at the box office, it has a 12% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, was nominated for 2 Golden Raspberry awards, and was considered one of the worst films of 2008. Killed again, Thank God because the next crossover sequel probably would have had them escaping back to LA In "AvP: Roommates" with battles like these:
Despite this in 2009, 20th Century Fox studio executive Alex Young called Robert Rodriguez, who had outlined his own sequel, to consider reviving the individual Predator franchise. Nimród Antal was signed on to direct the film. This time they moved the action to the Predator game preserve planet, where a group of mercenaries and a doctor battle for their lives against the creatures. The film stars Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walt Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Topher Grace, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Louis Ozawa Changchien and Laurence Fishburne
I have to say I enjoyed this film. Even though it had it's flaws it was a good ol' summertime popcorn flick. Rodriguez, at the time, said there was definitely going to be a sequel. One of his ideas actually was a prequel following around Laurence Fishburne's character Nolan on the planet.
Now, it's in the hands of Shane Black. So what are your thoughts? Where do you hope he goes with it? I've already seen it called Predators 2, although P4 is more like it. Do you think it should be back on the Game preserve planet or should they come back to Earth? Should Arnie star in it or should Adrian Brody? Or should they get Laurence Fishburne? Maybe it should be Predator vs. The Expendables and Arnie could be Dutch or Trench or maybe they were twins all along! Should the Weyland Corporation be involved?
With Shane Black the only thing I know is 1.) It might have a kidnapping in it. 2.) It might take place at Christmas time. 3.) The title may use a word with the letter L in it, i.e. "The Last Predator," "The Lost Predators," or "Lethal Predators." Who knows (Fred Dekker knows as screenwriter! Hmm...maybe Predator Squad?) I only hope that they have better luck with this Predator sequel than they've had with the others!
Tell me your thoughts or story lines below and I'll leave you with some more trivial thoughts!
Did you know?
Jean Claude Van Damme was originally signed to play the Predator in the first film!
It was James Cameron who suggested to Stan Winston that the Predator should have Mandibles
The actors would wake up as early as 3 AM and work out so they could get pumped for their scenes but Carl Weathers would wait until no one was looking so people would think his pump was natural!
Apparently Sonny Landham (Billy-Predator) was so unstable that the producers had to hire a bodyguard not for him but to keep him from the other actors!
There is a spider named after the Predator- Predatoroonops!