Collider reports that 2018's The Predator is set to be released on IMAX as 20th Century Fox builds on a relationship between the organizations. The studio announcement will have some fans of the franchise in rapture. As preparations are underway to continue the legacy that begun in the 1980s with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The new agreement also includes Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Alita: Battle Angel. All part of the extravaganza to ensure that the audience gets their monies worth. Not to be outdone, the surprise Marvel hit Deadpool was also remastered for IMAX screens. Further proving that bigger is indeed better.
Director Targets Benicio Del Toro For Lead Role
The production has hired the services of Shane Black, who recently directed The Nice Guys. Black will partner his co-writing responsibilities to also be the director of the movie. The 53-year old's best credits in that position include Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The director is trying his utmost to get Benicio Del Toro's signature for the 2018 film.
The "big event" action flick also crosses over to the science fiction and horror genres. The original became a commercial and critical smash hit in 1987. It made a giant splash at the box office and won audiences over around the world. Whilst the sequels have flattered to deceive, Del Toro's striking intensity and quality on the big screen would be a tremendous starting point for Black to utilize. At least, should he get his man.
Arnold Slammed The Direction of Predator Franchise
Perhaps a bit rich for Arnold Schwarzenegger of all people to criticize the greed of Hollywood. Especially when it comes to squeezing the life out of an action franchise. But the former Governor of California did just that last year about Predator. The Guardian reported that The Terminator star believed the studios rushed through a number of sequels. All in quick succession for a desire to cash in on the popularity of the 1987 installment. The entire franchise suffered as a consequence.
Whilst he wouldn't be drawn on any involvement in a Shane Black reboot, he did have some words of advise for where the series sits after a number of flops.
“The sad story is that sometimes studios do a great job with creating sequels, and sometimes they really screw it up bad, and it all has to do with greed,” Arnold said. “They sometimes want to do it really cheap and make as much money as possible, so they don’t hire the right cast or the right director.”
While it is easy to agree with Arnold about the greed, it's hard to imagine Shane Black as anything but the right director for this one.