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Shane Black’s ‘Predator’ Will be Very Different From the Original ‘Predator’ Film

Predator, 20th Century Fox

Shane Black’s Predator is garnering momentum from a number of sources, and everyone is trying to get insight on Black’s vision for the film. With the recent news that Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted no part in the film, some began to speculate that the film might be weak. Reports followed that Schwarzenegger turned the role down because he wanted a larger part in the film. The report stated that Black intended to use him as a teaser for the next film. No matter what Black’s direction for the franchise will be, it is set to be a very different film from the original Predator movie.

In a recent interview with EWAmerican Crime Story star Sterling K. Brown spoke about his role int he upcoming Predator film, and what stands out to him about Black’s vision:


“Shane has his whole take on it and it’s very different than the original. It’s got a really wicked sense of humor to it, which I love about it. And it’s got a real camaraderie amongst the main characters that I think folks will be attracted to. That’s pretty much all I can say.

I’m a huge fan of Predator and, of course, everybody loves Jesse the Body [Ventura] and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and Carl Weathers and Bill Duke. My friends at Stanford used to tease me – being the dark-skinned African-American man that I am – they’d say, ‘Yo, man, you’re going to start getting all [those] Bill Duke roles when you get older.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t look anything like Bill Duke, you guys can kiss my ass.’

So then I booked this movie and I told them and they’re like, ‘Dude, do you even realize that you’re now Bill Duke???’ And I had to go tell them to kiss my ass all over again.”

Predator, 20th Century Fox
Image: 20th Century Fox

Predator was written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, and stars Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen and Edward James Olmos.

Predator comes to theaters on February 9, 2018.