The Predator franchise is making a comeback once again following multiple re-imaginings over the past 40 years. The most recent Predator movie, Predators, arrived in 2009, and saw a group of convicts dropped off on a planet where they were hunted by one of the alien creatures. This year’s The Predator, directed by Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black, looks to reboot the Predator story while still retaining some connections to the its predecessors.
Black has wasted no time in assembling a talented cast including the likes of Jacob Tremblay (Room), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) Trevante Rhodes (Moon), and more, which indicates that the characters could well be used more meaningfully than with most films in the genre, having real arcs and development as the events of the movie unfold.
The first trailer for The Predator has finally been released online (although it will also been shown with screenings of Deadpool 2) and reveals how it is that the Predators will find their way back to Earth.
Official Description & Trailer:
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.
Jacob Tremblay’s character looks like the central character in the movie, with the trailer showing him receiving a package full of Predator gear, including a homing beacon, which is what no doubt triggers the Predator ship to crash land on Earth. Boyd Holbrook’s tactical team then seem to encounter the extraterrestrial hunter, which has done a fair bit of adapting when compared with Predators that we’ve seen before.
The new trailer arrives just four months before the movie is set to open, and while that may seem late Fox is playing things smartly and releasing promotional material in the gaps between major film releases, such as the recent Avengers: Infinity War, so as to stand out from the rest of the pack. While fans of the series will no doubt head out to see The Predator anyway, the movie needs to attract a wider audience if it wants to warrant a sequel and begin a new ongoing story.
Predator’s sister franchise, Alien, received another outing in 2015’s Alien: Covenant, which continued the ongoing story Ridley Scott resumed with Prometheus (2012). It seems as though Fox is looking to revitalise the Predator series alongside it and cash in on the built-in fan base that the iconic horror character has.
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The Predator claws its way into theatres September 14th