On February 15, 2016, a Twitter account run by broadcasting company Fox released a poster of The Predator on a tweet stating that “You’ll Never See Him Coming”. A few days later, Fox announced that the film would be released on March 2, 2018, although this was later put back to August 3.
— The Predator (@predatormovie) February 15, 2016
For a long time following this announcement, there was little to know information being shared with the general public. At least, that was until the official Predator Movie sent out another Tweet on June 3, 2017 announcing that the film had officially wrapped up. Since then, there have been a number of articles posted on the internet regarding the movie, including details on some cast members and even some crucial plot points. So, what can we expect from this new Predator 4, and more importantly what do we want?
Predator 4 is Not a Sequel… Maybe
Fans who have been following the newest instalment of the Predator franchise are concerned. Not because we know so little about what we can expect, but because there have been a number of mixed messages regarding whether this movie is a prequel, sequel or reboot.
After the movie was announced, director and co-star of the original Shane Black revealed that he was aiming to create a reboot, prompting instant backlash. This caused Black to retract his statement, later confirming that his movie would indeed be a sequel with an “event” feel like 2012’s Alien instalment Prometheus.
However, another plot twist arose earlier this July after Keegan-Michael Key told Entertainment Weekly: “Predator was a real privilege to do, and if people think they’re going to see a remake of the original movie, they’re in for a surprise. A very pleasant surprise… It’s not a sequel.”
Predator 4 May Not Be as Macho
Following the confusion over what sort of movie Predator 4 will be, further issues were raised over casting. Sure, action stars such as Boyd Holdbrook and Thomas Jane have been seen on set, but so have Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Munn. Key, former host of Planet’s Funniest Animals, told EW that there are “lots of elements of humour” included throughout the film, while the official Predator 4 website revealed that Munn “will not stand idly by while the men in The Predator battle with the intergalactic Yautja”.
Though this may put some diehard fans off, this is excellent news for wider audiences who have never really managed to relate to the macho movies such as the original Predator. In fact, you could argue that one of the reasons the Terminator and Alien franchises are floundering a little now is because they lost the powerful, feminine edge in certain instalments. Instead of removing strong women from the franchise, Predator 4 appears to be embracing them.
Predator 4 Might Get Its Own Game
Between Predator movies, there have always been video games to keep fans occupied, including ones based on the Alien vs. Predator franchise. In 1987, Predator for Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES and ZX Spectrum was very popular, as was Predator 2 for Sega systems in 1991. Since then there have been over a dozen Alien vs. Predator releases, and three more Predator-centric titles Predator: Concrete Jungle, Predator: The Duel and Predators.
That said, franchises don’t appear to be focusing solely on console or PC games these days, as iGaming titles appear to be far more popular. There are slots based on mythology, sci-fi, sports and everything in between, with even the strangest themed slots appearing on big name brands like Sky Bingo, which offers a slots deposit bonus of 150% to new users. In fact, the Predator franchise already has a fully licenced slot based on the original series, which can often be found alongside Terminator and Alien based games.
This may all be conjecture, but as all big names tend to receive their own casino games these days it’s highly likely that 20th Century Fox will distribute licenses to gaming developers once the movie is released, as fans often become just as invested in the games as they do the movies they are based on.
What do you want from this newest instalment of the Predator franchise? Would you be interested in seeing anymore Alien vs. Predator movies? Let us know in the comments below!