It's been a while since we heard anything substantial about The Predator, writer/director Shane Black's sequel to the sci-fi classic Predator (it honors the continuity of Predator 2 and Predators as well) that will place the title creature in American suburbia. The film is set to hit theaters in less than six months, and we haven't yet seen a trailer, perhaps in part because of reported reshoots that took place last month. Now, we know what those reshoots were aimed at, and it was apparently rather impactful.
Speaking to CinemaBlend while promoting his role in the upcoming Hotel Transylvania 3, The Predator co-star Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, Keanu) revealed that the reshoots focused on the film's third act, and involved quite a bit of rewrite work.
"We just finished [reshoots] last week, and just about three-quarters of the third act was rewritten. And Shane Black is... he's just a consummate professional, and a consummate writer," Key said. "He's a wordsmith! It was a really, really exhilarating experience, and I think that he's still one of our most vibrant writers of cinema."
So, reshoots on the film are apparently now done, and Black is preparing to unveil the first trailer at CinemaCon later this month. This far removed from having seen the final film, it's hard to tell exactly what prompted these reshoots and whether or not it's a big deal. Reshoots on blockbusters are commonplace, even if they do often still prompt worry among fans, and they can produce everything from hits (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, World War Z) to flops (Fantastic Four). Black and his co-writer Fred Dekker have been at this a long time by now, so if they reworked the movie, they almost certainly did it like pros, and it might end up so seamless in the finished film that hardly anyone notices.
However the finished film ends up, we likely won't know what was changed and how much until after it's released. For now, we'll be seeing what Black and the studio want to show us, so it's best to just relax and wait for that first trailer to finally arrive.
The Predator hits theaters September 14.