Shane Black’s The Predator looks set to reignite interest in the invisible alien hunter franchise – but is it a sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger original?
Released back in 1987, John McTiernan’s original film focused on a crack team of commandos led by Arnie’s Dutch Schultz, who come under attack from an unseen alien force while on a mission in Central America.
The 1991 sequel transferred the action to a gang-ridden Los Angeles, with Danny Glover’s LAPD officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan, taking on the Predator.
More recently, the third film in the franchise, 2010’s Predators, saw an eclectic group of elite warriors transported to an unfamiliar jungle planet to take on the Predator.
This time around Black, who actually starred in the first Predator movie, is taking the action into the suburbs, with Boyd Holbrook leading a team of badass soldiers likely to be made mincemeat by a predator that has crash landed in the area.
It’s a bold step for the franchise but while some have suggested the film will serve as a reboot Black is insisting it’s a continuation of the same cinematic universe and that there are several links to the other films.
Actors Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Munn, for example, have already revealed that The Predator will be connected to all five previous movies – including those two godawful Aliens vs Predator movies.
The most direct link comes from Jake Busey, who will be playing the son of Peter Keyes from Predator 2.
For those who don’t recall: Gary Busey played the part of Keyes in Predator 2 – the military guy who was convinced he could contain the threat of the Predator but met a grim end.
It could have been even better though – at one point Black was trying to line-up Schwarzenegger to reprise his role as Dutch as part of a small cameo.
Arnie turned the offer down though because he figured if he was going to do it, he wanted it to be a more significant role.
The official synopsis for The Predator, which was released alongside a new trailer, reads:
“From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series.
“Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species.
“When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.”
There could be one major twist in store too, with Busey previously hinting that this instalment will finally reveal why the hunters keep coming back to Earth.
The Predator is in cinemas from September 12th.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.