Predator will be creeping up on theaters next year, and the newest poster on the horizon has just struck like lightning.
The poster, which emerged at a recent licensing expo, shows shockwaves of lighting flashing in the sky, taking the form of the Predator, and also hints at the suburban setting that is inevitably going to experience a power outage. This is definitely one case in which the creature isn’t using its cloaking device.
Here is the Instagram post that electrified Predator fans on every planet:
While the rest of the project is invisible to humans, and nobody knows for sure whether this poster will touch down from space and become official, events in The Predator will unravel in a suburban setting rather than the vine-tangled jungles this thing has been hunting humans in for the past 30 years. Sometime during that rampage it kind of lost its ferocity (especially after Alien vs. Predator), but studio execs are confident that this film has been injected with more of the adrenaline that made the first one burst onto the big screen like the monster it is.
“There was a freshness, I think, to the first one …” director Shane Black told Entertainment Weekly. “It was special then, and I want to get back to trying to reinvent it in the sort of way that it acquires that event feel that makes people want to treat it like a big movie.”
What The Predator won’t do is beat a dead alien.
Black purposely decided to go with a film that exists somewhere the nebulous area between standalone and sequel. While it identifies as neither, and also has an infusion of humor, it is still connected to the Predator universe by its recognizable villain and bioluminescent blood.
“Predator was a real privilege to do, and if people think they’re going to see a remake of the original movie, they’re in for a surprise,” said Black. “A very pleasant surprise.”
Until The Predator rears its ugly head, the poster is scary-cool enough to keep all species guessing at how the next Earth invasion will happen.