Good news for Predator fans: the screenplay for Predator 4 has now been "turned in," setting the wheels firmly in motion for a revived franchise.
The script has been co-written by Shane Black, who starred in the original Predator movie, and writer/director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad). Dekker announced the screenplay had been completed via his Facebook page.
The latest addition to the franchise was announced back in June 2014, and things have been fairly quiet up until now. It's not clear what direction Black and Dekker will go in, but director John Davis has previously said it's "the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise."
A Sci-Fi Renaissance
The original Predator (1987) starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, the leader of an elite special forces team who are tasked with rescuing hostages in Central America. However, once in the jungle, they find themselves the target of the extra-terrestrial Predator.
Two sequels followed: Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010), in addition to the crossover franchise Alien v Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). It's fair to say the crossover wasn't great, and didn't do much to inspire either the Alien or Predator franchises.
However, it looks like we could have a Sci-Fi renaissance on our hands. Ridley Scott recently announced he will direct a prequel Alien trilogy, starting with Alien: Covenant which is due for release in 2017.
"I Love This Franchise"
Speaking to Collider, producer John Davis gushed over Black's vision for the movie. He said:
"I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again.
I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, ‘This is a fun business!’…Shane’s amazing. He’s an amazing storyteller.”
Could this mean we'll eventually see an Alien v Predator in the distant future, combining both of the reinvented and reenergized franchises after their respective updates?
I'm not convinced if this is a good thing!