We don’t know that much about Shane Black’s The Predator. There is still plenty of time, the movie doesn’t come out until August, but Thomas Jane was recently on Shadow Nation (via Den of Geek) and spilled some details about the background of the various characters.
“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan or the Iraq War or whatever. But we’re all fucking 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 ‘fuck that, man, let’s go kill these fucking 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. So that’s kinda cool!”
Well that is certainly quite the setup. It’s going to be interesting to see how they decide to portray a bunch of veterans with PTSD since the Predator movies aren’t exactly known for nuance. As for Jane he says he had a ton of fun filming the movie and we can expect some of that “Shane Black humor” in the production.
“I can just say I had a blast. We had a great cast, with this terrific ensemble with all these great actors. And Shane Black, he wrote and directed it so it 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. I tell you the acting is going to be pretty good…I’m going to be good in it!”
We’ll learn more about this movie in a couple of months since the release date is pretty far off still. As for now at least we have some sort of setup for this movie.
The Predator will be directed by Shane Black and will star Yvonne Strahovski, Jacob Tremblay, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, and Keegan-Michael Key. It will be released on August 3, 2018.