Most movie fans groan at the merest mention of the words “reboot” or “remake” but the upcoming return to the Predator franchise may be the movie that finally bucks the trend.
It’s being written and directed by Shane Black who not only starred in the original movie alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger but also has a proven track record for writing great movies with credits including Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3.
The Predator also has great cast behind it, including Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane and Edward James Olmos.
Details on what the film will entail have largely been kept under wraps until now, but Blade Runner and Battlestar Gallactica legend Olmos just lifted the lid during an interview with Cinema Blend.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Olmos revealed that the film is likely to feature plenty of Black’s trademark mix of action and humour alongside the franchise’s more familiar horror elements:
“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story. I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”
Olmos also shed further light on what the plot for the film will entail and it sounds very intriguing:
“Because Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they make… they’re paired off in groups of three groups. Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”
Olmos’ comments come just a couple of weeks after his co-star Jane lifted the lid on what fans can expect from the new movie.
And while fans will have to make do without Schwarzenegger’s iconic character, Dutch Schaeffer, the writers of the original Predator did recently offered up details of what Predator 2 would have looked like had Arnie been involved.
More fascinating still, the pair revealed that they even had an idea for a Predator film set during the First World War.
For 11 things you never knew about 1987’s Predator, head to loaded’s fascinating feature here.
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