The Predator is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Shane Black and written by Black and Fred Dekker. It is the fourth installment in the Predator film series, following Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and Predators (2010). Black had a supporting role in the original film, while John Davis returns as producer from the first three installments. The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, and Sterling K. Brown and follows a group of PTSD-afflicted soldiers who must fight off an invading pair of Predators.
Talks of a new Predator installment began in June 2014, with Black being confirmed as writer and director; much of the cast signed on between October 2016 and January 2017. Filming took place in British Columbia from February to June 2017, with the entire climax being reshot in July 2018 following poor test screenings.
The Predator premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on September 14, 2018 by 20th Century Fox, in IMAX and Dolby Cinema, as well as standard formats.The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $159 million worldwide.
A Predator ship crash-lands on Earth. Army Ranger sniper Quinn McKenna and his team are attacked by the Predator on a hostage retrieval mission. McKenna incapacitates the Predator and has its armor mailed off. At the behest of government agent Will Traeger, he is captured and held for examination. Traeger also takes the Predator to a lab for experimentation and observation, recruiting evolutionary biologist Casey Bracket to study it. The Predator awakes, breaks out of its bonds, kills lab workers, but spares Bracket before leaving.
McKenna is bussed off with a group of other government captives, including ex-Marine Gaylord “Nebraska” Williams, military veterans Coyle and Baxley, helicopter pilot Nettles, and Lynch, another ex-Marine. Seeing the Predator escape from the lab firsthand, they take over the bus. Taking Bracket with them, they head over to McKenna’s estranged wife, Emily, where he expects to find the Predator armor he mailed off. However, McKenna’s autistic son Rory has gone trick-or-treating while wearing this armor in hopes of avoiding detection from bullies.
McKenna and the others find his son just in time to stop a pair of Predator Dogs from ambushing the boy. The Predator chases them into a nearby school. They start to give the Predator’s armor back when another, larger Predator arrives and kills the first. They flee, and the second Predator sets out to retrieve the lost technology.
Bracket concludes that the Predators are attempting to improve themselves with the DNA of humans and, presumably, other planets’ inhabitants. The team flees to an abandoned barn, but Traeger finds them, captures them, and shares his theory that the Predators anticipate that climate change will end their ability to retrieve human DNA for further hybridization, so they are scrambling to retrieve it before it is too late. Seeing Rory drawing a map to the spaceship, Traeger takes the boy away to go to the ship. The team escapes and goes after him with the help of a brain-damaged Predator Dog.
When all are at the crashed Predator ship, the second Predator arrives, kills Lynch, and explains through translation software that it will blow up the ship to keep it out of their hands and then give them all a head start before it hunts them down. The Predator quickly kills off most of the team. Traeger tries to use a Predator weapon on the alien but accidentally kills himself in the process.
The Predator takes Rory, presumably because his autism reflects an advancement in human evolution and is therefore worthwhile in the Predator hybridization, and flies away in his ship. McKenna, Nebraska, and Nettles land on the ship’s exterior, but the Predator activates a force field. This slices Nettles’ legs off, and he falls off of the ship to his death. Nebraska sacrifices himself and slides into the ship’s turbine, causing it to crash. McKenna sneaks into the ship as it crashes and attacks the Predator. After the crash, Bracket arrives, and the three manage to overpower and finish the Predator with its own weapons. They pay their respects to their fallen comrades with trinkets representing each one before heading off.
After these events, McKenna and Rory are seen in a science lab watching the opening of cargo found on the Predator’s ship. A piece of technology floats out and attaches itself to a lab worker, working as a transformative “Predator killer” suit before deactivating.
Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna, Emily’s estranged husband, the father of Rory and an U.S. Army Captain, sniper, and Army Ranger who discovers the existence of the Predators.
Trevante Rhodes as Nebraska Williams, a former Marine who enlists in a special Predator-hunting operation headed up by Quinn Jacob Tremblay as Rory McKenna, Quinn and Emily’s troubled son, who has a form of autism and is bullied in school, but becomes a key player in the fight against the Predators due to his preternatural ability to learn languages
Olivia Munn as Dr. Casey Bracket, an evolutionary biologist who joins the crew’s mission
Sterling K. Brown as Will Traeger, a government agent and Director of the “Stargazer Project” who jails Quinn, but later needs his help with fighting the Predators Keegan-Michael Key as Coyle, military veteran, who teams up with Quinn and Williams to fight the Predators Thomas Jane as Baxley, a military veteran from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. His character was named after Craig R. Baxley, the stunt coordinator of the 1987 film.
Alfie Allen as Lynch, a former Marine who teams with several other outsiders, including Quinn, to stop the human-hunting Predators in suburbia Augusto Aguilera as Nettles, a former Huey helicopter pilot who has suffered a traumatic brain injury from a crash Yvonne Strahovski as Emily McKenna, Quinn’s estranged wife and the mother to Rory
Jake Busey as Sean Keyes, a head scientist, the son of Peter Keyes (played by Busey’s father Gary Busey in Predator 2) Niall Matter as Sapir
Brian A. Prince as The Predator
In June 2014, Fox announced a sequel. Shane Black, who also starred as supporting character Rick Hawkins in Predator, directed, and co-wrote with Fred Dekker, while John Davis produced. Davis has said of the film that he thinks it is fresh and reimagines the franchise in a “different, interesting way”. In February 2016, Black stated that the title of the new sequel would be The Predator. He has referred to the project as an event film which aims to elevate the Predator series: “It’s an attempt to ‘event-ise’ the Predator again… [An attempt to] make it more mysterious.” Black also expressed that the film would mark a return to the “intimate” scale of the original film and that the filmmakers hoped to achieve “the same sense of wonderment and newness that Close Encounters had when that came out.”
The film is set in the present day and the titular character has upgraded armor.The film follows the events of Predator and Predator 2, but is set prior to the events of the 2010 film Predators. Black has said that he looked for plot details set up in the previous Predator movies that he could retrospectively link back to with the new film. To that end, Jake Busey was cast as Sean Keyes, the son of Peter Keyes (a character who was portrayed by Busey’s father Gary Busey in Predator 2).In February 2016, the studio revealed a teaser image of the film, confirming the title The Predator.
Martin Whist served as the film’s production designer, while effects house Amalgamated Dynamics provided the creature effects for The Predator, having done so previously for the Alien vs. Predator films.
Chief-executive-officer of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider shared her thoughts on The Predator and Shane Black and Fred Dekker’s script:
We’ve got a Predator film coming out that is unexpected and utterly fresh. I just imagined that it would take 500 hours to read the script — that it would be interior jungle, exterior more jungle and then fighting happens, but Emma [Watts] went out and recruited Shane Black. From the first page, it didn’t read like a Predator film. It’s set in suburbia. There’s a little boy and his dad at the center of the action.
Arnold Schwarzenegger talked with Black about returning as his character from the first Predator film, but declined the cameo due to the short role.Rapper 50 Cent also spoke of the possibility of being involved in the film but ended up dropping out.By September 2016, Benicio del Toro had signed on to star.The following month, Boyd Holbrook replaced del Toro, who departed due to scheduling issues.In November 2016, Olivia Munn joined the cast. In January 2017, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane and Jacob Tremblay joined the cast.In February, Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski were added.In March, the last main role was filled by Augusto Aguilera while Jake Busey was also cast in a supporting role.
In March 2017, Edward James Olmos was cast as Sanchez, a military general.In August 2018, Olmos announced that his role had been cut from the final film, to reduce the film’s running time, as his character was not integral to the plot.
Filming was scheduled to begin in February 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia.On November 21, 2016, Larry Fong was confirmed hired as cinematographer for the film.Black announced that filming had began on February 20, 2017.Filming wrapped on June 2, 2017.Additional photography in Vancouver took place in March 2018.On July 6, 2018, it was revealed the film’s third act was entirely re-shot due to test screenings.
Henry Jackman provided the music score for the film.
The Predator was originally scheduled by 20th Century Fox for a March 2, 2018 release date,until the date was moved to February 9, 2018.It was then delayed to August 3, 2018.In February 2018, the released date was delayed to September 14, 2018.The film’s release included IMAX theaters.On May 10, 2018, the first trailer was released. A television spot was released on June 9, while a second full trailer was released on June 26, 2018.The third and final theatrical trailer was released on August 31, 2018.The film’s world premiere was at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2018 at the Ryerson Theatre.