We’ve known for a good long while that Shane Black was hard at work at a follow-up/reboot for the Predator franchise. However, while we’ve seen a grand total of maybe two photos from set, we still haven’t received a word as to what it’s about…until now.
Speaking with Shadow Nation (via Bloody Disgusting), actor Thomas Jane revealed some key background details on the upcoming Predator flick.
“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq war or whatever. But we’re all f**king crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD… soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out…this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this…somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too.”
“And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like ‘f**k that man, let’s go kill these f**king Predators ourselves’ and we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there.”
I have to say, that sounds like an amazingly fun and hard-edged setup to a film. I love the idea that the main character is surrounded by these shellshocked and mentally-imbalanced people. In addition to the Predators themselves, it adds a whole new layer of tension there — either that, or it’ll make them all the more gung-ho to go full Rambo on the Predators when they arrive.
And those who worried this film wouldn’t have Black’s trademark humor, it sounds like it survives this film intact.
“[The film] has that kind of Shane Black humour. We had a blast. It was funny. You know the Predators, they looked…you know they didn’t fuck those up. They’re still Predators and they’re pretty much the same Predator as always. I think it might be great.”
Okay, so now we’re getting excited, but what do you think of these details? Let us know down below!
The Predator hits theaters on August 3, 2018.