Co-writer Fred Dekker (“The Monster Squad”) has opened up about “The Predator” — the sequel he and Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) are writing to the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led ’80s “Predator” film — which he likens to James Cameron’s Oscar-nominated “Aliens.”
“If you think of the first ‘Predator’ as ‘Alien,’ ours is much more ‘Aliens,'” Dekker said on the Movie Crypt podcast (via Entertainment Weekly). “It’s not ‘Ten Little Indians,’ it’s not, ‘Let’s kill off all of our characters,’ because we have a lot of characters, from a lot of different worlds and ideologies. I don’t mean other planets. It’s a lot of people doing a lot of things in a lot of locations.”
Dekker added, “There’s a lot of great stuff in the [original 1987] ‘Predator’ but it’s very simple…Guys get dropped in a jungle, and there’s an alien monster, and they fight the monster, and they all die except for one — spoiler alert! — and then the thing self-destructs, and there’s a nuke, and then [Schwarzenegger] flies away. It’s relatively simple. And our idea was, Okay, we know that story already. What’s behind the curtain? Why are they here? What are they doing? What’s the bigger picture of this? I think these are questions you can answer, or at least explore, without defeating that sense of scariness. And who knows if their agenda’s changed?”
Details have been tight on Black’s “Predator,” save for a teaser poster that was released earlier this year and hints at an update to the costume. The film will “reinvent” the franchise — while still serving as a sequel — and is rumored to involve Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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