The last time we've seen Predator is in a video game. In the latest Mortal Kombat video game the company decided to add in the option to play as Predator.
Recently some concept art and storyboards surfaced but unfortunately were a part of a rejected pitch for a Predator film. While I'd like to make it seem this is news on a recent attempt at a Predator film, these concepts were just released, but intended use for a pitch made prior to the 2010 film "Predators". "Predators" is the last film for the franchise, and was not received very well by critics or the fans. Some of the ideas used were interesting, but like all the uses of Predator outside of the original in 1987 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, they've all proven to be terrible translations to film.
While combining Predators and Aliens would seem like a great idea for those lovers of both or either franchise, both films where they face off ("Alien vs Predator" and "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem") were horrible.
The failed pitch to 20th Century Fox was given by writer and director Vincenzo Natali whose previous work in "Splice" and "Cube", and is now directing episodes of "Hannibal".
After the last failed outing in "Predators" producer John Davis claimed to need to "rest" the franchise for a few years and then when it comes back, to have it reinvented. In a fuller statement he said:
"Yes. I talked to Arnold about rebooting Predator and doing something in terms of that. I think in terms of right now, it needs to rest for a couple of years. I can't see why if we can't be clever we can't reinvent it again."
Problems are the involvement of Arnold and the mention of "reboot". You shouldn't look to dust off the original star and expect fans to accept the idea that's a reboot. You either continue the continuity with Arnold OR you reboot.
Last summer it was revealed that Shane Black would write and direct a sequel to the original 1987 film. According to IMDB Shane Black is indeed attached as co-writer and director. Shane Black was a cast member in the original film, playing the role of Hawkins. While I would love to see another Predator movie, Shane Black being attached as both writer and director has me concerned. I just don't think his filmography is impressive enough to get me excited. He started off strong with writing "Lethal Weapon" but then one of his more recent projects was writing "Iron Man 3". It's unclear to me who really is at fault for writing in Mandarin's character the way it went in the film, but because Black had his hands on it, I call foul.
If I was a gambling man, and found out the film was indeed being rebooted, I would bet we'd see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the lead role. I mean why not, he's in everything else lately and I can't imagine another big muscle guy to rival him right now in Hollywood.
Too bad Shane Black and John Davis aren't on Twitter feeding us any news on the franchise. Hopefully we won't go another dozen or so months without a word on the project. But, here we are in limbo until a creaky wheel starts turning. If you ever want to feel sad about the franchise, just check out all theses terrible storyboard concept art pages.
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