A series of delays has pushed director Shane Black's The Predator well beyond its original planned premiere date, and star Keegan-Michael Key has now revealed that a major retooling of the film's third act is behind the setbacks.
"We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten," Key told CinemaBlend. "Shane Black is ... he's just a consummate professional and a consummate writer. He's a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he's still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema."
Black's revival of the sci-fi/action franchise was initially set to premiere on Feb. 9 before a scheduling shift at Fox moved the film's release to Aug. 3. That date didn't hold either, however, as the studio bumped the movie further into the latter half of 2018, settling on Sept. 14.
Wide-ranging reshoots are quickly becoming a trend across even the more high profile of Hollywood's blockbusters, with Disney's Solo: A Star Wars Story undergoing extensive additional photography under director Ron Howard, and Warner Bros.' Justice League similarly encountering a hefty reshoot schedule before hitting cinemas in November.
Co-written and directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Yvonne Strahovski, Jacob Tremblay, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhoades, and Edward James Olmos. The film is set to release theatrically on Sept. 14.