“A wicked sense of humor,” that is how actor Sterling K. Brown described Shane Black’s upcoming film The Predator. It is the fourth installment of the iconic alien sci-fi horror franchise which originally starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Joining Brown in the film are Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, and Keegan-Michael Key. Also included are Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, Yvonne Strahovski, and Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brown appeared ecstatic about the upcoming film. “Shane has his whole take on it and it’s very different than the original Predator. It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it,” said Brown.
The Predator Has A Wicked Sense of Humor
According to Screen Rant, this is probably a reference to Key who is a comedian by profession. It would be nice to see a bit of comic relief to ease some of the tension when Predators begin slaughtering people.
The original film was released in 1987 and was met with considerable success both critically and commercially. A sequel followed in 1990 but was unable to repeat the success of its predecessor.
Development of the franchise went on hiatus with the occurrence of two crossover films with the Alien franchise. Alien vs. Predator and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem were released in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
While the two crossover films achieved some success at the box office, critical reception to both films was mostly negative. The franchise was later revived with the release of Predators in 2010.
The Film Distances Itself From Alien Vs. Predator
The film attempted to distance itself from the unrelated Alien vs. Predator films and mildly rebooted the franchise by depicting Predator culture. It also re-established the continuity by referencing Schwarzenegger’s character Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer and the events in the original film.
The 2010 film returned the roots of the franchise where the aptly named Predators hunt humans for sport. This time, however, groups of human “warriors” face off against a trio of predators in a gladiator-like set up on a planet designed as a game preserve.
The film also paid homage to how Dutch defeated the alien in the first film by making its infrared vision useless. The only difference is unlike Schwarzenneger who masked his body heat, Adrien Brody’s character Royce made his surroundings as hotter than his own body.
The film ended with a new batch of humans and aliens being dropped in the preserve. Whether Black makes use of this event as a plot device in his film, is still unclear.
Speaking of which, not much is known about the film, to begin with. The film is currently in development and aside from the cast, only a few hints and rumors have been made available.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Reprise Dutch Role
One of the most talked about rumors was that Arnold Schwarzenegger was reportedly going to reprise his role as Dutch in the film. However, it was later revealed that Schwarzenegger refused the offer due to the fact that it only involves a short cameo at the end of the film.
Adrien Brody, on the other hand, has expressed his interest in reprising his role as Royce. However, this would be a stretch given that the film will not continue any of the stories from the previous films and he is still stuck in the game preserve with no immediate way of returning to Earth.
Unless he is able to stow away on a ship bound for Earth, Brody’s shotgun wielding mercenary is unlikely to have any impact when the aliens attack Earth. That leaves the rest of the cast to find a way to combat the threat on their own.
The Predator is scheduled to be released on Feb. 9 next year. With an R-Rating, we can also expect a ton of carnage and violence in the film.
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