With a release date of August 2018, so far details of Shane Black’s attempt at reviving the Predator franchise with his new movie “The Predator” have been kept mainly under wraps. Until now that is, as speaking to Shadow Nation, Thomas Jane didn’t seem to mind sharing a thing or two about the upcoming film;
“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 shell-shocked, PTSD soldiers.”
Jane who recently took the lead in Netflix’s adaptation of Stephen Kings 1922 went on to elaborate;
“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!”
Jane also seemed to confirm the presence of more than one Predator in the movie;
“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.”
Time will tell but writer/director Shane Black seems to have an affinity with his characters suffering with mental health issues. From the grieving, suicidal and borderline psychotic Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon, to Tony Stark’s bout of PTSD in Iron Man 3. What we do know about The Predator so far is that it’s said to be set in a suburban location and is also thought to totally discount the Alien Vs Predator movies, thankfully.
It’s cast, as well as Thomas Jane, includes Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Edward James Olmos, Yvonne Strahovsky, Jacob Tremblay, Jake Busey, Trevante Rhodes, and Sterling K. Brown.
The Shane Black directed feature, which he co-wrote with Fred Dekker, is due for release August 3rd 2018.