In a new interview with Pop Culture (via Bloody Disgusting), one of the film's stars, Jake Busey -- who plays the son of the character his real-life dad, Gary Busey, played in Predator 2 -- revealed that director and co-writer Shane Black's movie will delve into the Predators' motivations:
“This one definitely falls in line with the original franchise in that it does focus on the technology that the Predators have. It focuses on what the goal of the Predators is, and what their modus operandi, and why they come to the planet, and that type of thing. It’s definitely in line with the original franchise.”
Busey also laid out where in the timeline of the Predator series the new film falls (keep in mind, we're ignoring the Alien vs. Predator films here):
"Predator 2 was released in 1990, but took place in a 1997 Los Angeles ravaged by gang violence. The third movie, 2010’s Predators, took place on another world and wasn’t set in a specific year. So, The Predator will take place between those two movies."
And in keeping with the constantly shifting setting of the series, the new movie will follow the jungle, urban gangland, and alien world of the first three movies by placing the Predators squarely in suburbia (a favorite for Black). Star Thomas Jane also mentioned not long ago that the movie will touch on another favorite theme of Black's, men suffering from PTSD.
In addition to Jane and Busey, the movie stars Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Edward James Olmos, Trevante Rhodes, Augusto Aguilera, Alfie Allen, and Yvonne Strahovski. It's out Aug. 3, 2018. Are you interested to learn why the Predators come here? Care to venture a guess as to their motivation?