Two reboots/sequels of classic genre franchises, Halloween and The Predator, will enjoy their world premieres at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The highly anticipated features are to be a part of the festival's "Midnight Madness" lineup, a series of 10 movies to be screened for each night of the festival at 11:59 p.m.
“This year’s Midnight Madness slate promises another idiosyncratic confluence of established and emerging genre filmmakers,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Midnight Madness programmer, in an official festival release. “To complement some of the buzziest provocations on the festival circuit, I have sought to curate an eccentric array of World Premieres that demonstrate the dexterity of genre cinema as a canvas for both sublime satisfaction and stunning subversion. That includes the section’s two much-anticipated sequels, The Predator and Halloween, each of which boldly and brilliantly builds upon its mythic iconography to thrilling and surprising effect.”
Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys), who starred as Rick Hawkins in the original '87 Predator film by John McTiernan, is bringing back one of the most iconic aliens of cinema in The Predator. Using the tagline "the hunt has evolved," the movie stars Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, and Alfie Allen. As for the plot, a young boy (Tremblay) accidentally brings the Predators back to earth, but over the last few decades the expert hunters have been upgrading themselves with the DNA of other alien species.
You can check out a brand-new TV spot for the sci-fi action thriller. The best part? Sterling K. Brown's character saying, "F**king you up's their idea of tourism!" There's also another glimpse at the Ultimate Predator, an imposing Predator that's so big and mean that it's even a danger to other, smaller Predators. Did we write the word "Predator" too much? Eh, just check it out.
David Gordon Green's Halloween acts as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic. Ignoring all the sequels and reboots over the last 40 years, the movie (co-written by super-fan Danny McBride) follows a grown-up Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), who's now got a daughter of her own and is prepared for the day when Michael Myers will return to Haddonfield, Illinois, for another round of kitchen knife terror.
The 43rd Toronto Film Festival will be held in Toronto, Canada, between Sept. 6 - 16. In terms of wide releases to the public, The Predator begins the hunt Sept. 14, while Halloween knifes its way into theaters Oct. 19.