Shane Black starred in John McTiernan’s original sci-fi classic Predator back in 1987, and now he’s continuing the franchise as the director and co-writer of The Predator, an upcoming sequel that will see a new batch of humans face off against the high-tech alien hunters.
20th Century Fox has done a good job of keeping the plot of the film under wraps thus far, but it sounds like one of the film’s stars, Thomas Jane, has just blown the doors open and given fans an idea of what to expect from The Predator plot when the movie hits theaters next year.
We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, 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 shellshocked, PTSD…soldiers. 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!
Sounds fun. Besides the suburban angle, I like the idea of damaged soldiers – rather than roided up supermen – being the protagonists. I wonder how they’ll fit the second film – which was a slight dystopia (set in the then future year of 1997) – into the canon of this film? I guess we’ll find out.