Shane Black returns to the Predator franchise to direct a new sequel to 1987's Predator! Officially titled The Predator, but also known simply as Predator 4, we await an official plot synopsis.
When does Shane Black's The Predator take place? The fourth Predator sequel will be set in present day, 2018 - 31 years after the events of the first Predator which starred Shane Black alongside franchise icon Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Will Arnold return as Dutch? A hotly debated topic since The Predator's announcement was the exciting possibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as an older Dutch in Predator 4. However, no confirmation has been announced, it is known that Arnold and director Shane Black have met on more than one occasion to discuss potentially coming back for another Predator film.
Will The Predator ignore Predator 2 or Predators? According to Shane Black himself, the answer is no. Though The Predator will take place after the events of both Predator 2 and Predators, the film will not carry on where Predators left off, but will still honor the impact each sequel had on the franchise. Shane Black event went so far as to say The Predator would acknowledge the films which came before it. Of course, this doesn't mean we'll be seeing any Super Predators tracking people down with Alien hounds, but we may get subtle nods to characters, locations and events shown in both Predator 2 and Predators.
What will the new Predators look like in The Predator? According to Shane Black himself, the overall look of the Predator creature will be organically different. In an interview from May, 2016 Shane discussed the direction he and 20th Century Fox were taking with the new Predator besign. He elaborated to explain that their goal is not to improve the design in any way, but add to it, in a way that feels natural. He also hinted that we would be seeing a wide array of new weapons and tools as the Predator's disposal.
Directed by Shane Black and written by Shane Black, Fred Dekker, 20th Century Fox will release The Predator (Predator 4) in theaters on February 9th, 2018.
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