THE PREDATOR: Thomas Jane Shares Plot Details and Offers Hope
Whenever I contemplate the future and fear bleak times are ahead, I remember that Shane Black is directing a Predator sequel and everything is cool again. Our nation’s will always be politically divided and the possibility of perishing in the flames of a mushroom cloud is a constant threat, but at least we can take solace in the fact that August 3rd, 2018 will see Rastafarian aliens invade our screens once again to hunt down humankind. I love that.
Aliens wiping out our species… it’s possible. But, for now, we can enjoy it from the comfort and safety of a movie theatre.
Plot details have been kept under wraps regarding the upcoming sequel to John McTiernan’s 1987 action classic. What we do know, however, is that it’ll be set in an urban setting and will feature more than one extraterrestrial hunter. But now, thanks to Thomas Jane, we have a little more info to keep us going.
“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,” Jane told the site. “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,” he continued. “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.”
The last attempt at returning the series to former glory, Predators, wasn’t the critical or financial success we all hoped it would be. Sure, it was a solid movie which boasted an excellent scenery-chewing outing from Laurence Fishburne, but it failed to hold a candle to the first two movies.
However, this beautiful gift comes courtesy of Shane Black and Fred Dekker, who re-team for the first time since Monster Squad. The world needs this. It’s also arriving on my birthday, so for the first time in my life that date will have some significance to me.
We live in an endless cycle of sequels and reboots, but this is one franchise that deserves to be re-introduced and milked for all its worth. I hope there are at least four movies released theatrically. When mainstream audiences start looking for new entertainment, I hope the franchise goes straight to home media and we get trashier, more violent efforts to satisfy us trashy types. How about a crossover with The Terminator as well? Or Robocop? Heck, I’d even take Scanner Cop.
After that, I hope real Yautja land and wipe us all out. Because when this series is over, what is there to look forward to?