1980s sci-fi action movies are traveling back to the future and into the 21st century. Now alongside Ghostbusters, Blade Runner and Tron, the 1987 film Predator is getting revamped and remade for a 2018 feature.
It’s almost as though Hollywood has finally realised that most of today’s films just don’t live up to, nor have the same abundant meaning and values as those a couple of decades ago.
Yet instead of re-inventing itself with purposeful stories and ideas, they have taken the easy way round by literally defibrillating such old-time classics just enough to keep them afloat and barely breathing. But FYI Hollywood, this is not necessarily a good thing. Haven’t you ever heard the saying ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’? I suggest leaving those films back where they belong or soon enough people will begin viewing timeless classics as cheap-humoured reboots.
Anyhow, as the production of Predator charged on, it picked up director slash writer Shane Black, whose work can be seen in Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys – two fairly comedic scripts.
But will we see the same light comedy in his new sequel? I can’t confirm news on the light comedy front, but in terms of the 2018 film being a direct sequel to the first and foremost Predator, Black came out earlier this year to state that this is “an inventive sequel”. This doesn’t exactly disclose much about any plot or story details, but thanks anyway Mr Black.
While the original script saw Arnold Schwarzenegger rip apart some alien insides, this time round Benicio del Toro is likely to take the starring role. Del Toro can be most recently seen in the 2015 action film Sicario, so if you want to familiarise yourselves with some of his previous work before the release of what is currently titled ‘The Predator’, that will be your best bet. This is the fourth edition of the Predator series hopefully still featuring the invisible, bloodthirsty alien.
When first asked about the film, Black went on to explain his approach as “an attempt to ‘event-ise’ the Predator again… [An attempt to] make it more mysterious.
The Predator has been so overdone. Every couple of years, there’s a knock-off churned out. Very low budget with a guaranteed return.”
Black continued by saying he hoped to achieve “the same sense of wonderment and newness that Close Encounters had when that came out. That’s what we want. It’s very impossible. But we’re gonna try.” He also spoke of keeping the relatively intimate scale of the original film: “It doesn’t have to be 50 Predators riding motorcycles. It just has to feel like a powerful story that has a lot of flavours and textures.”
And while Black did keep his ideas short and to the point, he did reveal one intriguing detail, that “the hero of the film, the name I’ve given the guy, is Quinn McKenna.”
Hmmm Quinn McKenna, I do like the sound of that! Very slick, isn’t it?
The film is slated for release on February 9 2018.