There’s a headline that’s probably going to be well-received on its own. Let’s look at it another way, aside from the first movie, has Predator been particularly well serviced in his Hollywood career? Maybe if we gave him a personal renovation, we might wash away the terrible odor of Predator 2, Alien Vs Predator, Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem, and Predators. (Okay, Predator 2 and Predators have their good points, but you can’t take back the damage done by the crossover movies.) Still, nerds hate change when it comes to their beloved properties, but Shane Black wants you to know that it’s going to come, if it comes, from a place of storytelling.
While talking to Coming Soon about his new private eye flick The Nice Guys, Black talked about how the Predator might be different for The Predator.
“It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a sh*t what color the suit is. In The Predator, we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.”
He makes a good point. The Predator design has been fine tuned over the last 30 years, but it hasn’t really be changed in anyway, shape or form. But it has to happen organically. You can’t just build a new Predator for the point of having something new; that’s where the Terminator franchise started to wrong. Think of the T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, was there literally anything she couldn’t do? She was a walking deus ex machina machine.
As long as Black keeps things ground in story, he’s right, it won’t matter what color the Predator is painted. And he’s already killed Shane Black once, so the director should know better than to cross him.
The Predator will be in theaters everywhere in 2018.