We’ve been following Shane Black’s The Predator, which just wrapped filming in Vancouver since the project was first announced in 2016. While we first described the film as a reboot, Black was quick to correct everyone, insisting his chapter in the franchise launched in 1987 was a continuation of the original. But hold the phone; in a recent interview with EW, Keegan-Michael Key (a member of the sizable ensemble cast) threw everything we thought we knew overboard.
“It’s not a sequel,” he explains, adding that the film has “lots of elements of humor” evoking director Shane Black’s style. “It certainly lives in the universe of the five films that were made. I think that’s probably the best way to say it and the only way I can say it right now.”
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So if it’s not a reboot or a sequel, what the heck is it? Is someone yanking our collective chains? You can explore the issues further in the video below from our friends at Hybrid Network; they put this latest news into a larger historical context while attempting to figure out exactly where Black’s Predator will fit in with the rest of the franchise.
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In the original Predator (Official Synopsis): Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.
Ironically, director Shane Black had a bit-part in Predator, alongside Schwarzenegger. He played Hawkins who was, unfortunately, the aggressive alien’s first kill.