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10.26.2016
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As excited as everyone is for Shane Black (THE NICE GUYS) to tackle a new PREDATOR movie, fans were just as let down to see Benicio del Toro NOT take part. The latest word on the street regarding the leading role was that Boyd Holdbrook, of Narcos fame, was being signed up. Our own Eric Walkuski recently had the opportunity to chat with Shane Black and the writer/director was game for dropping a few delicious crumbs of information regarding the film's script, it's leading role and it's sequel/reboot status. Take a look!

Shane Black regarding the script for THE PREDATOR

We've got a solid script, but I like to say it's a living document, to the extent that we haven't cast anybody yet. And when we cast it's going to have new voices to add to it.

Whether or not he considers THE PREDATOR a reboot or a sequel:

I think it has to stand on its own two feet, but our goal is to make sure it acknowledges that, yeah, it is 30 years later in the continuity of the story. In other words, Dutch Schaefer's patrol, which was attacked and largely slaughtered, happened 30 years ago in the context of the story. It's referenced, it's part of the mythology. In that way, it's more of a sequel than a reboot.

Regarding Boyd Holbrook as the film's lead:

I hope so. By an act of god, that's the way it seems to be headed. It's quite good news. With Benicio [del Toro] and the scheduling, we just couldn't make it work. We have a release date and we had to start much later than we wanted to. This way, the silver lining is this kid, who I've spent some time with now, he's just marvelous, he's amazing.

Shane Black has proved himself as great writer of action and witty dialogue, but as a director, he's also done a bang-up job in casting. There's few people who might have thought to team up Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, or Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer (KISS KISS BANG BANG), but those films boast some wonderful actors that have great chemistry together. On paper, Holbook may seem to be a "lesser" choice than del Toro, but I have complete faith that Black will choose the right people for THE PREDATOR. I mean, Holbrook's not exactly Topher Grace.

THE PREDATOR is scheduled to hit theaters on February 9, 2018.

The Predator teaser

Source: JoBlo

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12:54AM on 10/27/2016

go back to original blue print

This film worked so well when it was 1 star vs predator..
Ever since that it went down hill, I'm still not happy about red vs alien it could have been something special.

Don't need a lot of CGI, dont need to see Preds planet, or space ships... Just go back to the original format it worked and it was great. Get an action star, new or old, and have a bunch of side characters to die, then have the main star go toe to toe for a true test of warrior battle.
This film worked so well when it was 1 star vs predator..
Ever since that it went down hill, I'm still not happy about red vs alien it could have been something special.

Don't need a lot of CGI, dont need to see Preds planet, or space ships... Just go back to the original format it worked and it was great. Get an action star, new or old, and have a bunch of side characters to die, then have the main star go toe to toe for a true test of warrior battle.
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10:12PM on 10/26/2016
Arnold's gotta play some sort of role in it whether he's on the team or they visit him in the nursing home to get scoop on the Predator...
Arnold's gotta play some sort of role in it whether he's on the team or they visit him in the nursing home to get scoop on the Predator...
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8:07PM on 10/26/2016

Cast wish.

Cast tom hardy. Anyone else good with that?
Cast tom hardy. Anyone else good with that?
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10:11PM on 10/26/2016
I think Hardy may be tied up in too much other stuff...but yeah, I'd go for it!
I think Hardy may be tied up in too much other stuff...but yeah, I'd go for it!
7:56PM on 10/26/2016
Nice to hear something about this. Bummer about Benicio, but hopefully the next guys is just as good. I've seen a couple episodes of Narcos but don't remember his character. How awesome would it be if we get a part for Arnold!
Nice to hear something about this. Bummer about Benicio, but hopefully the next guys is just as good. I've seen a couple episodes of Narcos but don't remember his character. How awesome would it be if we get a part for Arnold!
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2:21PM on 10/26/2016
Please no wise cracking, annoying Kids, endless banter between the protagonists and unnecessary Twists and turns. This turned into Black´s Trademarks lately (IM3,Nice Guys) and I´m not a fan of it. Hopefully he goes back to his roots with the Predator.
Please no wise cracking, annoying Kids, endless banter between the protagonists and unnecessary Twists and turns. This turned into Black´s Trademarks lately (IM3,Nice Guys) and I´m not a fan of it. Hopefully he goes back to his roots with the Predator.
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6:44PM on 10/26/2016
I agree. I think it fit The Nice Guys pretty well, but with Iron Man 3 it felt very much like "Well this what I do, screw whether it actually fits the characters or story." Also, don't forget the completely superfluous Christmas-time setting, that's one of the oldest (and most forced) traditions he's got running.
I agree. I think it fit The Nice Guys pretty well, but with Iron Man 3 it felt very much like "Well this what I do, screw whether it actually fits the characters or story." Also, don't forget the completely superfluous Christmas-time setting, that's one of the oldest (and most forced) traditions he's got running.
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