The last place you’d ever suspect a Predator to be on the prowl is suburbia—but that’s exactly where you’ll find one.
Something with that many teeth doesn’t seem like the type of creature to go rampaging in the ‘burbs, because innocent unarmed people are just not fun enough to hunt. Though it goes against all logic with this species, 20th Century Fox CEO Stacy Snider has confirmed that the setting for The Predator movie will indeed be set in a suburb, which is the total opposite of a jungle or the gang-infested back alleys of L.A.
The Predator will be directed by Shane Black, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Fred Dekker ((who better if your name is Black?). Snider believes the script is unlike anything that has ever been seen in the Predator franchise, and in this case, that works to the creature’s advantage.
“We’ve got a Predator film coming out that is unexpected and utterly fresh,” she told Variety. I just imagined that... it would be interior jungle, exterior more jungle and then fighting happens, but Emma [Watts] went out and recruited Shane Black. From the first page, it didn’t read like a Predator film.”
Meaning, a typical Predator film. Which spawns in either a literal or concrete jungle, which then gets blasted with bullets and splattered with both human and fluorescent green alien blood.
“It’s set in suburbia,” Snider teased. “There’s a little boy and his dad at the center of the action.”
Whether they end up as victims remains to be seen, but so long as they don’t pick up weapons and start fighting this thing, they have a chance at staying out of its field of infrared vision.
Predator fans may be leery about this whole suburban thing, but the revamp needs to breathe fresh oxygen into a franchise that was in its death throes for a while. After the 2008 disaster Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, the franchise made something of a comeback two years later in Predators, which still felt like it was afraid to venture out of familiar territory.
When The Predator lands in suburbia next year, though, just go to the theater looking defenseless and you won’t get attacked.