Last month, it was revealed that Shane Black's THE PREDATOR would be starting principal photography some time this fall. Now, in a report from the Director's Guild of Canada, the specific dates for that have officially been revealed (hat tip to AVPGalaxy, who are always on top of this).
According to the report, THE PREDATOR will film in Vancouver from September 26 - December 20 of this year. That's right, the production is a short three months away. While this is a fantastic news -- and news that is far overdue for this franchise -- the last we heard from writer/director Shane Black, the script still wasn't quite ready.
Admittedly, that makes me slightly apprehensive. I had expected production to begin near the tail end of fall -- or even get pushed to the beginning of winter, but this date certainly puts a ticking clock on the whole thing. While finishing a script before this fall isn't really a problem, finishing a script in time to break it down, budget it, schedule it, and everything else in between seems a bit difficult. But productions have succeeded under more strenuous timeframes before, so we'll just hope that Black will have all his ducks in a row come time to shoot.
Also on the production list were the shooting dates for DEATH NOTE, the upcoming anime/manga adaptation from horror director Adam Wingard, based on the source material from writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata. The filming start date is actually quite soon, as it begins on June 29, 2016, and ends on August 30, 2016.
This particular project has been in development hell for years now, so it's quite comforting that we finally have a date for principal photography, as it proves just how real the project is getting. The film was recently acquired by Netflix, though it's unclear if the streaming service is the only way one will be able to watch the flick upon its release (though given the service's track record, that seems highly likely).
DEATH NOTE tells the story of prodigy high schooler Light Yagami, who finds a mysterious notebook. Whoever's name he writes in the notebook dies minutes later. Light then takes it upon himself to purge the world of those he deems unfit to live. Though when a string of his murders starts to raise suspicion from L, a world-famous detective, a game of cat-and-mouse begins between the two.
Adam Wingard will be directing a script based on the manga from FANTASTIC FOUR writer Jeremy Slater.
THE PREDATOR hits theaters on February 9, 2018, and DEATH NOTE's release is still up in the air.