Not that it needs to hook us with nostalgia, but the latest poster from Shane Black’s rebooted Predator cloaks the eponymous villain in the recognisable heat signature of the alien’s thermal image vision.
Excited yet? I know I am.
Ahead of its release, the latest poster from Shane Black’s rebooted film cloaks the eponymous villain in the recognisable heat signature of the alien’s thermal image vision.
Described as “stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before”, the predator is back having genetically upgraded itself with DNA from other species. When an unassuming young boy accidentally triggers a call for the predators to return to earth, it’s up to a ragtag group of ex-soldiers and a science teacher to save the human race from annihilation.
Most intriguing about the rebooted Predator (and why we’re so excited about it) is Shane Black. He also writes the film. He’s the same Shane Black who ran around the jungle with Arnie as a fellow soldier in the original movie. He knows the character. He knows what the audience wants. He also knows – as evidenced by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 – how to find originality within audience-pleasing conventional structure. Oh, and he’s funny. Very funny.
A reboot also gives a new lease of life to a franchise that had stalled.
The Predator movies have gone from the sublime (John McTiernan’s 1987 original) to the ridiculous (AvP 2). That said, it’s only the awful Alien Versus Predator 2 that’s really worth avoiding.
The first sequel, Predator 2 is great fun, featuring a brilliant action sequence on an underground train amongst the camp of Gary Busey and energy of Bill Paxton, while Predators, Robert Rodriguez’s re-tooling of the franchise, was a fine, stripped-back version that recalled the original but subverted its all-American hero motif by making the protagonists the bad guys.
The Predator arrives in cinemas and IMAX 3D on September 12.